Let's Hike Woodbourne Forest

Let's hike the Copes Ramble Trail at Woodbourne Forest. This 648-acre preserve evokes a rural New England landscape of white pine, hemlocks, ash, maples, oaks and other hardwoods that blanketed the region before European settlers arrived. Varying terrain makes the preserve a hot-spot for more than 180 species of birds, including pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls, and winter wrens. Open fields, wildflower meadows, winding creeks, mossy bogs, and historic stone walls complete the scene.  This event is cross-posted to another meetup group, a hiking group centrally based in Scranton.

Distance: 5 miles.

Pace: social/conversational

You can read more about Woodbourne Forest at the Nature Conservancy's website.

DIRECTIONS: From the north: Take Rt. 29 south from Montrose approximately 6.5 miles. Upon entering Dimock Township, continue up the hill. The preserve is on the left. A sign marks the entrance to the parking area. The trailhead is located at the redwood shelter just north of the parking area. From the south: Take Rt. 29 north. Go 1 mile past the blinking light at Dimock. The preserve is on the right shortly after Woodbourne Road appears on the left. (Do not turn onto Woodbourne Road). A sign marks the entrance to the parking area. The trailhead is located at the red shelter just north of the parking area.

GPS Coordinates for the parking lot: N 41°[masked], W 75°[masked]

After the hike, we can eat at Mazar's Greenview -- http://enjoymazars.com/.  BYOB is likely on a Sunday.

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  • Homily, S

    There were 5 of us and we had a splendid day of almost 5 miles. It was a pond that was formed by a beaver dam; but the dam was breached by recent heavy rains, and in the dozens of times I've been to that park, I had never seen the water so low. We walked for a good distance near the edge of the pond; it was somewhat of an otherworldly experience. At the beaver dam, we saw a few interesting birds: Kestrel - one of the smallest species of hawks and it was being chased away by a robin; a pair of Kingfishers (which have beautiful crests and large, strong bills -- they perch on a branch over the water, and fully submerging themselves while diving in for their prey of fish. And a Blue Heron. From another vantage point we saw a song sparrow singing a pretty melody. A few that we couldn't identify. And then several Cedar Waxwings -- a trio of young ones were flying/playing together. Wow, what a day!

    July 21

  • David`

    Outstanding

    July 6

  • Brian M.

    Is this a child friendly hike? If so how is the terrain steep wise?

    July 5

    • Homily, S

      There's only one, short steep section. Sure, bring your child.

      July 6

  • Jerome R. L.

    No "maybe's" are allowed, so I signed up. Don't wait for me. If I'm not on time I won't be there at all.

    1 · July 5

  • Homily, S

    Presently, a total of six people have signed up.

    July 4

  • Kris

    I wish I could make it.

    1 · July 3

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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