Holiday in Pennsylvania
DELAWARE STATE FOREST
63,479 acres. Delaware State Forest consists of several tracts in the Po-conos of northeast Pennsylvania, near the Delaware River. This is an area of mountain plateau, with some lakes and ponds, swamps and bogs, and streams with waterfalls.
There are five designated Natural Areas here. Most of the land is hardwood-forested, with oak, aspen, birch, and some conifers. Wildlife includes deer, black bear, bobcat, and fox.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are available on the Thunder Swamp Trail System, which includes the rather easy 28-mile Thunder Swamp Trail and side trails. Horseback riding is allowed on roads and some trails. The Little Bushkill Stream is suitable for canoeing.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of the forest, as are campfires, except where restricted or posted otherwise. A free permit must be obtained from the forest office in order to camp here. Campsites should be at least 100 yards from trails and roads. A stove is recommended for cooking.
For Further Information: Delaware State Forest, 474 Clearview Lane, Stroudsburg, PA 18360; (717)424-3001.