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‘Walk in Penn’s Woods’ set for Oct. 3

On Sunday, Oct. 3, a “Walk in Penn’s Woods” event will be taking place across Pennsylvania.

Lycoming County will have a walk from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as part of the 40th anniversary hike on the Old Loggers Path. It has been 40 years since this trail was complete and open for hiking, and stories will be shared about John Eastlake, the forester who worked tireless to see the Old Loggers Path and other area trails become a reality.

The meeting area will be at the parking area on Yellow Dog Road, where the Old Loggers Path crosses, at 11 a.m.

The hike is relatively flat, but utilizes trails maintained to a standard to keep the primitive character and may pass some overgornw areas.

It’s a 4 1/2- to 5-mile long loop that will follow the Old Loggers Path, Doe Run Trail, Ellenton Grade and Yellow Dog Trail.

It should take roughly 3 1/2 hours.

Participants will pass a scenic vista, walk on historic railroad grades, see unique plant communities and observe recent timber management areas.

At1:30 p.m., the Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association will sponsor a “Walk in Penn’s Woods” at the Montour Preserve on 374 Preserve Roadiin Danville.

The event will include a walk along Goose Woods Trail at Montour Preserve, focusing on “Water in the Woods” with an emphasis on the importance of the creek, pond and other water features to the forest habitat. It will look at the importance of water to trees and how they cycle water, as well as how trees are important to streams like the Chillisquaque Creek and the aquatic life in them.

The tour will be led by Jon Beam, Assistant Director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission, who is very familiar with the Montour Preserve fields and forests.

The easy walk is about 3/4ths of a mile in length over gentle terrain. The trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible. No pets are allowed.

Union County’s walk will be 8-11 a.m. at R.B. Winter State Park in Mifflinburg. It’s hosted by Seven Mountains Audubon.

For a list of where walks are happening throughout various counties in Pennsylvania, visit: https://sites.psu.edu/walkinpennswoods/where-are-the-walks-happening/

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