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  • WINTER BACKPACKING: Ensure your gear is sufficient. Contact me with questions. 

    Thunder Swamp Trail is awash in wetlands. The Pocono Plateau sits atop impermeable bedrock, rain collects in all sorts of interesting ways: bogs, swamps, tea-colored streams, waterfalls, beaver ponds, and enchanting bathtub-size depressions crowded with ferns, mosses, and Day-Glo amphibians. Your wet feet get a break when you traverse the old spruce-and-fir forests and hike along ridges of mixed oaks and blueberries. Watch for deer, wild turkey, bear, and the occasional coyote.

    The trail crosses streams, passes through wetlands, and is very rocky in many areas, so sturdy footwear is a necessity. You may encounter many species of Pocono Plateau wildlife on the trails. Near the northern end of the trail system is the site of the first tree planting in Pennsylvania.

    Total Distance: Approx. 10+ miles total for 2 days
    Gain: 1300 Feet

    Terrain: Some rocky spots, some wet spots. Wear sturdy water-proof boots

    Water Source: Bushkill Creek

    Well be doing the side trails of the Eastern loop. 

    Directions To Trail Head:

    From Interstate 80: Take US 209 north for 3.9 mi. Take a left onto PA 402 North in the town of Marshall's Creek. Take PA 402.  RIGHT TO Bushkill Falls Rd & LEFT to Flatbrook Ridge Rd to Painters Swamp Pk Lot

    The main trail is blazed ORANGE

    Side trails: RED

    Lat[masked], Long [masked]

    Hike Itinerary/Route: This is a LOOP HIKE  of the Eastern Side trails

    DAY 1:

    PAINTERS SWAMP, WEST TRAIL head S (RED BLAZE--yellow on map)


    CAMP AT LITTLE BUSHKILL CREEK w/ options to do PM hike of BIG BEAR SWAMP or hang on the campsite

    DAY 2: (pack & leave by no later than 10am)

    ORANGE TRAIL CONN'S SWAMP TRAIL head N & loop around Stillwater Natural Area

    DIRT Rd (FLATBROOK RIDGE RD) head SW back to parking lot. -------------------------------------------------------

    CAMP SITE: LITTLE BUSHKILL CREEK (am picturing fire pits on both sides of the wooden bridge & tiki lamps..:). We can have a nice party going.

    Gear Requirements:


    1. Waterproof hiking boots (we are crossing at least 3 major swamp run-offs & are mini-puddles)-->highly recommended

    2. Poles/sticks (lots of down trees/logs to clear & hiking idges) -->recommended

    3. Layered hiking attire (cooler temp d/t vicinity to the creek/wind where we are camping out)

    4. others:  RAIN GEAR, Tent, ground liner, TYVEK (if u have any) sleeping bag, inflatable mat/egg-crate, food for 2 LUNCHES-1 DINNER-1 BREAKFASTs & snacks, at least 2L water etc. **********there are trees for HAMMOCK-CAMPERS*********

    5: Water Purification Device

    6. AX, SAW, Machete


    Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and group members assume all risks in connection with activities; per's Terms of Service Agreements, organizers and hike/trip leaders are released from any and all forms of liability related to events. You are responsible for bringing the proper gear including maps, and knowing your way in and out of the areas we operate in.

    By signing up to go on this trip you acknowledge that you've read and understood the Accident Waiver and Release of Liability here:

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  • Fred 3

    Looking forward to the winter hike of the trail. Did the whole circuit in 1996 in July and it will be nice to do without those pesky mosquitos :)

    2 · November 28

  • Michael A.

    Rsvps are closed? I wanted to see how my cabin was doing out there. :)
    It was fun trip last year.

    1 · November 24

    • Reggie

      Hey Mike you are in. Yup was a great time.

      November 24

    • Reggie

      Ow that's right your stone & log cabin. It should still be there.

      November 24

  • jay p.

    Hah. The authorities were looking for the owner of that hut to pay property taxes.

    2 · November 24

  • jay p.

    If I'm able to go I'll definitely bring him. He'd be thrilled. I'm in the process of taking off from work for that day. Thanks Reggie.

    1 · November 23

  • jay p.

    It's back Reggie! Thunder swamp 2.0. Nice!

    1 · November 23

    • Reggie

      Yup right about the same time. If u want to bring your son let me know. We had such fun time last year with him.

      November 23

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    Event Host

    Hi. Just got a little more time now to explore the area and meet like-minded people.

  • Ian
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    the Wookie

    I enjoy backpacking, hiking, and camping.

  • Leo S.

    I am a beginner to intermediate backpacker looking to get outdoors more often.

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    Lifelong outdoor adventurer. CT native. PA transplant....­ more

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