Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Sports & Outdoors: Local, State & National Parks
Protecting the Animals, Plants, & Habitats of the Poconos
Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge consists of several tracts of land throughout Monroe County. It is maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge provides a crucial habitat for plants and animals, as well as recreational opportunities for the public.
The refuge was established in 2008 to protect migratory birds, federal trust species and the habitats that they need to thrive. Wetlands and uplands provide homes for many plants and animals, including several federally listed threatened or endangered species. The refuge is a valuable habitat for birds since it is close to the Kittatinny Ridge, a major flyway during migration seasons.
Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge not only protects NEPA’s beautiful wildlife, but also provides people with the chance to enjoy nature. The refuge’s headquarters are located on a former golf course on Croasdale Road in Stroudsburg. The property now includes two trails: the Front Nine Trail and the Back Nine Trail. Both trails are 1.7 miles long and follow the former golf cart paths.
The Cherry Valley Ridge Trail is located at the tract at 130 Lower Cherry Valley Road in Saylorsburg. This dirt and gravel trail is 3.2 miles long.
The refuge is excellent for birding, wildlife watching, and nature photography. Hunting and fishing are permitted in season, but visitors must have state licenses and refuge permits.
Pets are not allowed, as they could disturb sensitive wildlife. Service animals are permitted.