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In the Parks

Hike the FXK Trail

The Francis X. Kennedy Ski trail is one of Tiadaghton State Forest’s most northern trails, and is named after the late former district manager, Francis Kennedy, who was a combat wounded WWII veteran and member of the infamous 10th Mountain Division. Under his management, the first cross-country ski trails on State Forest Land were created in the early 1970s. Come along as we hike this moderate 4.6-mile loop trail from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Registration required. Please contact Vinny Curtis at vicurtis@pa.gov or (570) 753-5409 x 132 for more info and to register. Trailhead/parking is about 24-miles north of Waterville. Exact location will be sent to registered participants. Free program.

Hump Day Hike

Come and hike away the stresses of the week with this monthly, after work evening hike. For May, participants will be hiking an easy-to-moderate stretch of the Mid-State Trail to a vista, coving 2-miles in totalm from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26. Registration required. Please contact Vinny Curtis at vicurtis@pa.gov or (570) 753-5409 x 132 for more info and to register. Free program. Exact meeting location will be sent to registered participants.

Spring Moon-lit Night Hike

Grab a flashlight and join us as we venture into the Tiadaghton State Forest to learn and explore the sounds of this Spring night on a moderate 2-mile, family-friendly hike from 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29. Terrain will be uneven so be sure to wear sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. Registration required. Please contact Vinny Curtis at vicurtis@pa.gov or (570) 753-5409 x 132 for more info and to register. Free program. Exact meeting location will be sent to registered participants.

Trek with your Pet

Bring your furry friend along on an easy-moderate 3-mile hike in along the Ruth Wills Ski Trail from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 4. Pets must be friendly with other people and animals and must remain on a leash at all times. Please contact Vinny Curtis at vicurtis@pa.gov or (570) 753-5409 x 132 for more info and to register. Free program. Meet near the intersection of PA-44 and Manor Fork Rd, about 16-miles north of Waterville. Exact meeting location will be sent to registered participants.

Lunchtime along Pitch Pine

Pack a lunch and a blanket or chair and come along on an easy 2.5-mile loop hike along the Pitch Pine Trail from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5. We will stop at the vista along the trail to enjoy the view of the Pine Creek Valley and eat lunch before returning to our vehicles. Registration required. Please contact Vinny Curtis at vicurtis@pa.gov or (570) 753-5409 x 132 for more info and to register. Free program. Eexact meeting location will be sent to registered participants.

Old Growth

Forests

Hyner Run State Park is offering an “Old Growth Forests” program and video at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21. Some of the topics will include the history that many of the older forests went through and some of the threats old growth forests face today. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. Also, all participants will need to follow the CDC Guidelines for social distancing and wear a mask at all times in order to attend this program. If you are sick or have been around someone who has been sick, please stay home.

Registration is highly recommended (limited to 24 people). Program may be modified or cancelled in the event of severe weather or new CDC Guidelines. Please make sure to register in a group if more than one person is coming. Registrations will be taken by going to DCNR’s calendar of events and selecting Hyner Run State Park. If you need assistance, please call Hyner Run Park office at 570-923-6000. Meet at amphitheater (screen by pool).

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