The excitement is growing for the third annual Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 6, happening near you:
Forest County - Birch Trail - Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 100 SR 36, Cooksburg, the trail head is next to the driveway of the Cook Forest State Park Office, meet at the front of the office
Walk Description: Join the Friends of Cook Forest on a 2-mile section of the Birch Trail that goes along a ridge above Tom’s Run in Cook Forest State Park. The State Park just leveled and smoothed the trail, so it should be pretty easy for walking. We will also cross a couple bridges over Tom’s Run throughout the loop. Birch Trail runs through part of the ancient Forest of Cook Forest State Park. The trail is dominated by ancient Eastern hemlocks, white pine, beech, maple trees and ferns. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.
We are one of more than 50 sites across the state where Pennsylvanians of all ages will be getting out in the woods, building appreciation for the forest, the people who own them, and the importance of caring well for them.
Pennsylvania’s woods bring us values that we sometimes take for granted. The trees and ground cover provide nutrients for the soil, food and homes for wildlife, clean air and water, wood products that we use daily, and peace and tranquility for us to enjoy. The woods “work” for us. Walk in Penn’s Woods raises awareness about the importance of forests to our lives and the effort that goes into caring for them.
Since 2017, the first Sunday in October has been set aside for Pennsylvanians to join hosted walks to learn more about Penn’s Woods and gain easy access to expert forest and wildlife professionals. Last year, over 1,100 people joined in at 68 walks throughout the state. Some walks will have children’s activities; others will highlight managed wildlife habitat or watersheds; you may see the results of harvesting activities or plantings of native trees and shrubs; still others may demonstrate the effects of urban tree cover or riparian buffers. Walk in Penn’s Woods also features a growing number of sites with wheelchair and stroller accessible walks. For a complete list of individual walk locations, times, descriptions, and more, go to www.walkinpennswoods.org. The website is regularly updated as new walks are added, so keep checking!
Sunday, October 6 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cook Forest State Park
113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120
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