Everyone is invited to participate in ClearWater Conservancy’s next Centred Outdoors adventure at Poe Paddy Tunnel from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. This adventure, led by Penns Valley Conservation Association, will showcase the natural beauty of Penns Creek and its surroundings, in an area of the stream known for its healthy population of wild brown trout.
After a scenic drive to Poe Paddy State Park, visitors will start down a short path before passing through West Paddy Mountain via the recently renovated Poe Paddy Tunnel, originally built in the late 1800s.
Once on the other side of the tunnel, visitors will choose their own adventure based on fitness level and personal interests. Jim Flanagan, PVCA Environmental Educator, will lead a family-friendly, educational nature walk along Penns Creek Trail that is suitable for all ages. Birders and naturalists will join the native bird and plant walk guided by Cathy Pierce, PVCA member and owner of Winghaven Native Plant Nursery. Anglers and those curious about fly-fishing can observe demonstrations and practice fly-casting with members of Penns Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, using equipment provided by the group. Meanwhile, fitness enthusiasts can challenge themselves during a two-mile trail run while also treating themselves to an abundance of fresh air and nature sounds. Others may enjoy strolling along the trail at their own pace on a self-guided adventure with binoculars or camera in hand.
Whichever adventure they choose, visitors are reminded of a few simple steps to ensure Penns Creek and all the natural resources at Poe Paddy Tunnel and Poe Paddy State Park remain undisturbed during their visit. Do not take anything other photos and memories home from your adventure and leave nothing behind other than footsteps. Please carry out and dispose of food wrappers, fruit peels, pet waste, etc. responsibly.
Guided hikes for the Poe Paddy Tunnel Adventure will start at 2 p.m. Sunday and again around 4 p.m. Centred Outdoors will host a second adventure at Poe Paddy Tunnel from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Those who are registered for the program through the website (www.centredoutdoors.org) will be able to enter a special code from the event to earn an e-trophy and climb the online leaderboard. Participants who earn at least 10 trophies by Aug. 15 will be eligible to win end-of-season prizes such as outdoor gear and gift cards.
Planning to attend this week’s adventures? Here’s what you need to know:
What: Centred Outdoors: Poe Paddy Tunnel Adventure
When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Poe Paddy Paddy State Park, Woodward, PA 16882
Directions: Cellphone service is not available at this location. Please visit centredoutdoors.org before you begin driving for specific directions to the parking area and look for Centred Outdoors signs as you approach the park.
What to bring:
A refillable water bottle
Sun protection including a hat and sunscreen
Comfortable shoes (hiking boots are not necessary)
A light snack such as hand fruit, granola bar, etc.
Difficulty of hike: Multiple hikes are offered for all ages and fitness levels
Hike times: Hikes begin at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday
This is a pet friendly destination. Please keep your pet on a leash and clean up after your pet.
Portable restrooms are available at this destination
Next week’s adventure: The Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor on June 24 and June 27
Andrea Murrell is the strategic communications coordinator at ClearWater Conservancy.