Winding Trails and Waterways: Spring Hiking at PEEC

Temperatures are rising and the signs of spring are all around. Celebrate the season with an invigorating hike in the Poconos!

The four-county region encompasses many scenic parks and public trails perfect for hiking, biking, bird watching and exploring.

Situated 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 3.63 miles and offers glimpses of vernal wetlands.

Photo: Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Photo: Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Take it easy on the Two Ponds Trail! This white-blazed walking path takes about an hour to navigate, showcasing towering pine plantations and two scenic pond environments along the way. Watch for birds and wildlife as you amble along this flat pathway.

PEEC’s Tumbling Waters Trail is a favorite among Pocono hikers. The moderate three-mile course offers stunning views of the Delaware Valley and the 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 travelers to the serene Pickerel Pond about ten minutes before its end.

Spring weather leads to increased water levels at sites throughout the Pocono Mountains. Seek out roaring waterfalls and crystalline cascades with PEEC! The Environmental Education Center will sponsor Spring Waterfalls hikes on Saturdays, April 5 and 19. Both excursions begin at 1 p.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m. All are welcome to join the fun and set out in search of splendid springtime sights. Van transportation is available by reservation. Participants should dress in warm layers, wear sturdy footwear and bring a camera. Admission is $12 per person. For reservations and additional information, call (570) 828-2319 or visit

The Pocono Environmental Education Center is located on Emery Road in Dingmans Ferry. The site’s hiking trails are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, all year long. Trail maps are available outside of PEEC’s Main Building. Directions and details can be found at