Practice Social Distancing in NEPA’s Great Outdoors - Or Not
There’s never been a better time to escape into the peace and solitude of nature.
Even though we’re keeping a safe social distance, we don’t have to stay cooped up indoors. Our physical and emotional health need extra special care right now, and luckily, Mother Nature is an excellent healer. Fresh air and exercise are just what we need to clear our heads and shake off the stress.
We’re fortunate to have so many pristine parks and trails right in our backyards. Even if you live in the city, you’re just a short drive away from NEPA’s dense forests and wide-open spaces. Stop scrolling through the news, dig out your hiking boots and air up your bike tires. It’s time to hit the trail!
Check out our trail videos to plan your adventure, or simply relax and take a virtual hike with us from the comfort of your home. We’ll show you where to find the best hiking and biking spots, from waterfall views to mountaintop vistas. If you’re heading out, brush up on these tips to keep yourself and others safe.
Seven Tubs Nature Area
No need to hike deep into the wilderness to score amazing views. This 500-acre recreation area is just a ten-minute drive from downtown Wilkes-Barre. The main loop trail will guide you past Seven Tubs’ famous pools and waterfalls, which were formed by glaciers over 12,000 years ago.
Dunmore Reservoir #1 Nature Trail
Take a peaceful stroll along the shore of the Dunmore Reservoir. This 1.5-mile loop is flat, scenic and family friendly with benches and picnic tables for rests along the way.
Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park
The Falls Trail is the gem of Ricketts Glen. This challenging trail features over 20 majestic waterfalls, which make it worth every step. The upper half of the trail is quite narrow, so stick to the lower portion or visit at less crowded times (like early in the morning) to keep a safe social distance.
Mauch Chunk Lake Park
Soak up the spring sunshine at Mauch Chunk Lake Park near Jim Thorpe. Walk along the Shoreline Trail for the best views of the lake. The park is also an access point to the Switchback Trail, a historic rail trail that’s popular for hiking and biking.
Climb up Campbell’s Ledge in Duryea for a stunning panoramic view of the Susquehanna River and the Wyoming Valley. On a clear day, the horizon stretches nearly 30 miles. This out-and-back trail is accessible off of Coxton Road.
There’s plenty of space to roam on the D&H Rail-Trail, which extends 38 miles from the New York border to Carbondale. The trail follows the old Delaware and Hudson railroad line and features several cool historic sites.
Lackawanna State Park
Lackawanna State Park boasts over 18 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails in the North Abington countryside. Take the Lee Hill Trail for a moderate loop through the woods, or check out the dam and waterfall at the head of the Frost Hollow Trail.
George and Lillian Picton Wildlife Preserve
Located just outside of White Haven, the George and Lillian Picton Wildlife Preserve is home to two ponds and several nature trails. The preserve is a haven for nature lovers and animals alike, so keep your eyes peeled for birds, frogs and other springtime wildlife.
Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary
The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary spans nearly 600 acres of meadows, forests and wetlands outside of Honesdale. Facilities and the glass museum are closed, but over five miles of hiking trails are still open for public use.
Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails
The gentle grade and crushed stone surface of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails are perfect for a relaxing walk or bike ride. The main segment of the trail is four miles long and includes views of the Dreck Creek Reservoir.
The Adventures Don't Stop There
You won’t run out of trails to explore and mountains to climb. Check out our full listing for even more hiking and biking destinations in NEPA.
And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information, visit Geisinger’s Coronavirus Resource Center.
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