Pocono Environmental Education Center Hiking Trails

The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) offers 7 trails that vary in distance and difficulty. All trails are loops that begin and end on the PEEC Campus.  Trail are available daily from dawn to dusk and trail maps are available.  

FOSSIL TRAIL - BLUE BLAZED

  • Moderate Difficulty Level
  • 1 hour -- 1.03 miles
  • Pass a vernal pool important for breeding amphibians and descend into a beautiful, mature hardwood ravine.  After crossing a small stream, the trail climbs back up the ravine where a large sign depicts marine organisms found in the area hundreds of millions of years ago.

RIDGELINE TRAIL - YELLOW BLAZED 

  • Moderate Difficulty Level
  • 3 hours -- 3.63 miles
  • Walk through expansive oak-hickory forests, shady hemlock ravines, and vernal wetlands.
  • Hilly terrain -- where the trail courses over a rock ledge, additional care should be taken.

SCENIC GORGE TRAIL - RED BLAZED 

  • Moderate / Easy Difficulty Level
  • 1 hour -- 1.5 miles
  • Experience an open hardwood forest ecosystem & a dark, cool hemlock canopy along Spackman's Creek.

TUMBLING WATERS TRAIL - ORANGE BLAZED

  • Moderate Difficulty Level
  • 2 hours -- 3.01 miles
  • Enjoy the beautiful overlook of the Delaware Valley & the Kittatinny Mountains in New Jersey then take a series of switchbacks down to the waterfalls.  Climb back up the switchbacks to continue on the main trail, which quickly ascends Killer Hill.
  • Walk through a hemlock forest, a mixed oak forest, and a pine plantation before arriving at Pickerel Pond, approximately 10 minutes from the trail's end.

TWO PONDS TRAIL - WHITE BLAZED 

  • Easy Difficulty Level
  • 1 hour -- 1.4 miles
  • View towering pine plantations and two scenic pond environments.
  • Watch for various birds and wildlife along this trail.

TRAIL FOR EVERYONE - PURPLE BLAZED 

  • Easy Difficulty Level
  • 20 minutes -- 0.3 mile
  • Trail for Everyone begins on PEEC's lower campus and is ADA accessible .
  • PEEC's most leisurely and flattest trail with numerous benches to serve as observation points and resting spots.
  • This trail encompasses field, forest, and pond ecosystems.  Watch for various birds and wildlife along this trail. 


SENSORY AWARENESS TRAIL

  • This trail is intended to increase sensory awareness.
  • A rope guides blindfolded users around a short loop trail.
  • Blindfolds can be picked up at the main office.

Please follow these guidelines while on any of PEEC's trails:

  • Motorized vehicles and bicycles are prohibited on PEEC trails.
  • Remain on the marked trails.
  • Do not drink water from ponds and streams.
  • Dogs on the trails must be leashed at all times.
  • Remember: Take only pictures & leave only footprints.

Location

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Latitude: 41.171224 Longitude: -74.914484 Elevation: 775 ft

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Comments

Family nature weekends are offered over most holiday weekends. Excellent way to introduce children to the outdoors and hands on science. Families stay in cabins on thev PEEC campus.

Barbara Frazier, 2/24/2016

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