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Free Open Space hike: Adventures to the Ancients

Published March 21. 2011 05:00PM

Adventures to the Ancients are free open space hikes. The next hike will be Sunday, March 27.

All hike participants are to meet at 1 p.m. in the Jacobsburg E.E. Center's main parking lot off Belfast Road, south of Wind Gap. The Center's 1,168 acres are steeped in both human and natural history. Learn why local forests and other available resources led to the decision by the Henry family to build and assemble their famous hand crafted long-rifles here. Join them and explore a forest so old that many of the White Oak trees still present germinated at a time when the only people who inhabited this region were the Lenape. You will also venture off the park's trail system to enjoy another undocumented old growth stand that escaped the last logging era at the turn of the century. These two easy hikes provide a combined total of four miles of walking.

The hikes are led by Bill Sweeney, an old growth forest enthusiast, botanist and longtime DCNR naturalist with Jacobsburg E.E. Center and Don Miller, an open space advocate, longtime teacher, botanist and naturalist with Pocono Heritage Land Trust. Hike participants will have an opportunity to explore both public and private old growth forest areas throughout the Pocono region and experience the natural beauty of these often forgotten or sometimes secretive locations where the sawyers blades of foresters/lumbermen in decades past have left some small remnants of old tall timber trees.

Registration is required. Contact Bill Sweeny, 610-746-2808 or by email Please dress appropriately for weather conditions, wear sturdy comfortable hiking boots and bring plenty of water and energy snacks. All hikes are held snow, rain or shine.

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