I am proposing a hike at the Governor Dick park site. For those who do not know Governor Dick was named for a husky man in the middle 1800's by the name of “Dick”. He was a wood chopper and charcoal burner in the area and was dubbed “Governor” by his friends. He took hundreds of cords of wood from the spot on which the sixty-six foot circular observation tower now stands. The wood was charred and the charcoal used in the busy pig iron furnaces at Cornwall and surrounding area. This is the parks Web site http://parkatgovernordick.org/dnn/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx
If you are a history buff at all you will find this interesting, I know I did. From the top of the tower (it is a series of ladders to reach the top) you can see 5 different counties.
I propose meeting at the Environmental Center and hiking to the tower and back. This can be done in about 2 hours or so but there are a lot more trails here including a bolder field. Here is a link to the map of the parks trails. http://parkatgovernordick.org/dnn/Portals/0/Governor%20Dick%20Trail%20Map%20Full%20Property%202-23-11.pdf I would be open to hike more of the trails if others in the group are interested.
The bolder field is a bit hard to get to but still fun! I have spent over four hours climbing around on the boulders. I have the time and date bellow. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask! There is also a great ice cream place located in Mt. Gretna that is a wonderful place to cool down after the hike.