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Hiking at the Bear Creek Preserve

Join us on our hike through beautiful Bear Creek Natural Lands Trails

Expansive Valley Views and Cool Waterfalls

The Bear Creek Preserve is an easily accessible stretch of protected forest about 15 miles south of Wilkes-Barre. The Natural Lands Trust owns and manages the preserve for the benefit of the public.



Covering a vast 3,565 acres, Bear Creek Preserve is home to a variety of plant and animal life as well as diverse hiking terrain. Along your hike, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and many migratory songbirds.

Take a quick look at our hike, here:



Take your pick of one, two, or six-mile trail loops. All of the trails wind through the dense forest, and along streams with the occasional waterfall. They also reveal sweeping valley views. The three trails are easy to follow and heavily marked. The 1.1-mile yellow trail makes for the perfect stroll to clear your head with a beautiful mountain overlook. The longer green and red trails offer a more rigorous bit of adventure with greater opportunities for encountering wildlife. The Bear Creek Preserve stands out as one of NEPA’s gems for hikers, birdwatchers and general nature lovers. In fact, many find it hard to believe this gorgeous preserve is so close to home.

The diverse landscape and abundance of animal and plant life are the true highlight of the preserve. Majestic bald eagles and other large birds are known to nest along the nearby Lehigh River. You may also come across native blueberries, the odd-looking fly poison bloom and so many other interesting plants.

Whether you are hiking by yourself, with your family or with your furry best friend, the Bear Creek Preserve is a can’t-miss opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

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