Take a PEEC at Pocono Hiking Trails

compassSituated within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) maintains 12 miles of hiking trails, with six paths of varying distance and difficulty. All trails begin and end on PEEC’s campus and offer unique views of natural phenomena.

Walk through lush oak-hickory forests and shady hemlock ravines on PEEC’s Ridgeline Trail! The picturesque path covers a distance of 3.5 miles and offers glimpses of vernal wetlands.

The site’s blue-blazed Fossil Trail is a moderate 1-mile pathway that takes hikers by a vernal pool, across a small stream and up a ravine. The surrounding rock ledges contain fascinating fossils of prehistoric marine organisms.

PEEC’s Tumbling Waters Trail is a favorite among Pocono hikers. The moderate three-mile course offers stunning views of the Delaware Valley and Kittatinny Mountains in New Jersey. At its midpoint, the trail meets a series of switchbacks that lead to breathtaking waterfalls. Winding through hemlock, oak and pine forests, the trail also guides visitors to the serene Pickerel Pond about ten minutes before its end.

Adventurers are invited to test their senses on PEEC’s Sensory Awareness Trail. The unique course was created to increase sensory awareness in users. A rope guides blindfolded guests around a short loop trail. Blindfolds can be picked up at the center’s Main Office.

The Pocono Environmental Education Center is located on Emery Road in beautiful Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania. Hiking trails are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, all year long. Hikers are encouraged to remain on marked trails and to take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Trail maps are available outside of PEEC’s main building. Directions and additional information can be obtained at www.peec.org.