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Wildlands Conservancy – Get Out! for Wellness: Paradise-Price Preserve to the Waterfall
Paradise Price Preserve is 777 acres and protects a portion of Brodhead Creek, one of the best-loved trout streams in the world and birthplace of fly fishing in America.
This 5-mile hike is considered moderately difficult. Some trails are wide, grassy and level; others are steep and rocky. Yellow blazes mark part of the way, with an elevation change of about 300 feet. The trail begins by following an old fire road for the railroad, leading through cool glens of mossy stones, where small streams flow from wetlands on the ridge above to Cranberry Creek below. Climbing up and along the flat ridgetop, the trail is wide, grassy and well-marked with yellow blazes. Here, the woods are open. Maples, oaks, shagbark hickory and other hardwoods shade hay-scented fern, low-bush blueberries and sweet fern as far as the eye can see. I’ve noticed some bear scat, turkey feathers and a couple of deer stands, and flushed a grouse. Abundant food, cover and nesting sites make this prime habitat for many birds and other critters. More large wetlands gleam as the trail leads through waist-high ostrich fern and bracken. Big glacial boulders layered with lichen are new landmarks for me as the trail heads down a long slope on the northeastern side of the ridge. It’s rockier now, and the newness of the trail shows in the weed-whacked stubble underfoot. The low horseshoe waterfall tumbles over ledges of bedrock to a wide pool, where beavers have taken up residence.
Leashed dogs permitted. No sanitary facilities- pack in, pack out. Wear sturdy boots and tick repellent.
Paradise-Price Preserve is on Henry’s Crossing Road in Paradise Township, Pa. Take Route 191 in Paradise Valley to Cranberry Creek Road. From Cranberry Creek Road, take Henry’s Crossing Road. When you cross the railroad tracks, the trailhead is on your right.
GPS coordinates: 41.132520, -75.263742
Get Out! for Wellness hikes are provided free of charge thanks to funding by Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Questions? Contact Brandon Swayser email@example.com
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