Note: Below is a tentative list of possible activities.
The final schedule will likely change as the event draws nearer.
Activities may be added, deleted, or moved to a different day.
Renewable Energy at Apple Pond Farm: Operates as an organic farm featuring draft and pleasure horses, and naturally-raised sheep and goats. Through several wind and solar renewable energy systems, the farm seeks to be as independent of fossil fuels as possible. Be enlightened by an hour Renewable Energy Tour of the farm and learn about energy efficiency and energy production systems; wind turbine, solar-electric and solar-thermal systems, straw bale house, used vegetable oil furnace and truck and more, that power 95% of the farm. We will discuss ways that you can start saving and producing energy yourself.
Museum at Bethel Woods: The museum is featuring the 2019 exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival & Aspirations For A Peaceful Future. The Museum at Bethel Woods, where vibrant, interactive exhibits, programs, and events celebrate the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the entire decade that it came to represent. The significance of this event as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacy of the Sixties and Woodstock today.
Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods: The Harvest Festival highlights the bounty and talent of both Sullivan County and the surrounding areas. It is free, family-friendly and features more than 100 vendors, including a farmer's market, craft and artisan goods, specialty food, beer, wine, spirits, and food trucks. Offerings also include live music, a creative learning tent, corn and hay mazes, and horse and buggy rides.
Four-hour Treetop Adventure Course is just over 3,000 feet in its entirety with varying obstacles including elevated bridgeways from one tree platform to the next, logs hanging from ropes to walk across, ladders, a cargo net, and a total of 16 different zip lines. The course is 50 feet off the ground with over 30 different midair elements. You don't have to be in excellent shape to do this, but you need to be an active person. This four-hour adventure is worth the cost, and then some. Not for the faint of heart, but it can also be tailored to your activity level. If uncomfortable with a course, you have the opportunity to walk to the next one. There are five separate courses covered that increase in levels of skill as you move along.
Enjoy an 11-mile section of the Delaware River from Kittatinny’s River Beach Base in Milford, PA to Dingman’s Access. The river is a calm water destination with few notable rapids. It is ideal for beginners to develop paddling and river reading skills and perfect for the experienced paddler who enjoys the untamed peaceful beauty of the Middle Delaware. Four miles into this trip you will arrive in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Paddle through forested mountains in long deep pools and brief stretches of shallow riffles with barely a house in sight. Paddlers of all skill levels appreciate Middle Delaware's peaceful beauty, wildlife sightings, and high-water quality. You will see stunning scenery with lush vegetation and an abundance of wildlife. A good possibility to see bald eagles, osprey and occasionally whitetail deer. You will notice primitive campsites on both sides of the river and some of its islands, offering overnight stays. Canoe, Kayak, Double Kayak, and Solo Canoe Available. This is a long novice level trip.
We will ride 21 miles at a slow pace between Bushkill Boat Access and Action Bikes and Outdoor in Milford mostly on the McDade Trail, which is a mixture of crushed stone and grass surface. The trail is NOT flat. There will be some challenging climbs and steep downhills the second half of your ride. There are at least five peaks of 100 feet elevation or less to go over (each). There will be a three-mile section of the ride which will end up on Rt. 209 with wide shoulders to avoid part of the trail that is not for bikes.
McDade Trail is a multi-use trail 32 miles long between Milford Beach and Hialeah Trailhead in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The trail provides views of the river, charming streams, open farm fields, forests, and historic landscapes. Spotting a Bald Eagle, a Black Bear, White-Tailed Deer, and Wild Turkey is not uncommon. Several miles of the trail are dominated by the river to the east and the cliffs to the west, with the trail and US 209 squeezed between in places. McDade Trail is a trail with a crushed stone surface that is NOT a flat rail-trail, but an actual bike trail. Expect a good workout going up the hills and nice breeze the downhill. Hybrids, adventure bikes (cyclocross, gravel, etc.) and mountain bikes are ideal for this type of trail. Most of the ride will be on the secluded bike path, but there will be a two-mile section we will be on country car road.
Rentals are available from Action Bikes and Outdoor. Contact leader for details if you plan to rent. Anyone bringing a personal bike will drive their personal bike to trailhead.
After the ride, we will spend some time exploring Milford PA
Start by hiking along the Appalachian Trail about 4 miles to Sunfish Pond, a slow, steady uphill on a wide rocky path. You will reach a monument and see a sign for Sunfish Pond in 3.7 miles and will have climbed almost 1000 feet. This is a popular destination because the hike then takes you through some of the prettiest forests in New Jersey to arrive at Sunfish Pond, a glacial lake 1,000 feet ABOVE the surrounding area. After lunch at the far end of the pond we will head back down towards the cars on Dunnfield Creek Trail. This trail stays close to the creek as it heads southwest toward the Delaware River. Dunnfield Creek trail is very rocky and uneven for the first mile but begins to get smoother further along. The trail follows most of the twists and turns in the shallow creek, and you will cross back and forth to avoid the steep banks on one side or the other several times. Three miles down, this trail crosses the creek near what is sometimes called Dunnfield Falls. From there it is a short distance back to the cars along the famous AT trail.
Sunfish Pond is a popular destination, but rightly so. For newer hikers, this hike is manageable… but it’s also not a “walk in the park,” and 9 miles may be longer than you realize or can comfortably do. While on our way back, we’ve passed many weary hikers asking, “how much farther to the pond?” Please, honestly assess your fitness level. This is not a good choice for your first hike.
Hike seven miles with 900 ft overall elevation gain (400 ft. in the first mile) in Cliff Park, Milford, PA including views of Hackers Falls and the Delaware Water Gap. Add an optional one mile/220 ft elevation change for views of Raymondskill Falls (the highest waterfall in Pennsylvania). The trail to Hackers Falls is relatively easy with some rocky areas. The trail to Raymondskill Falls is rooty and steep, with some steps.
Cliff Trail offers some of the most spectacular overlook views in the serpentine Delaware River Valley from atop the Raymondskill Ridge. Reward-to-effort ratio is high on this hike. After an initial uphill climb, follow a mostly level ridge with views from at least four vantage points, it is possible to see three states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York). These views were so inspiring to early filmmakers that several westerns were filmed using this magnificent scenery as stand-ins for the landscapes out west. About half-way you arrive at Milford Knob where you will have a vantage point of the town of Milford, PA below and High Point, NJ in the background.
As you go deep in a thick forest, you can hear the flow of water as you descend into the mystical valley that holds the fan-shaped 20+ foot, Hackers Falls. As you near the falls, the thundering sound is a dead giveaway to the exact location. Time to turn off the phone, and enjoy what has been provided to us for free.
Back at the parking lot, head down about ½ mile to visit Raymondskill Falls. The three-tiered Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. If you add the drops from each tier together, the waterfall is only a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls. While the trail is short, it is fairly stepped and uneven. The upper viewing area provides a view of the upper pool and the top of one of the drops. The lower viewing area provides a great photo opportunity of the falls. A spur off the main trails provides a quarter-mile, one-way walk to Raymondskill Creek (this trail does not lead to the bottom of the falls).
Tumbling Waters Trail is along gurgling creeks through tranquil hemlock ravines, down to roaring waterfalls and up to views of the Delaware River Valley and the Kittatinny Ridge in New Jersey. This 3-mile orange blazed trail begins along the Fossil trail, across from Pocono Environmental Education Center's two group lodges, 30 yards up the campus road from PEEC's dining hall. At the end of the first mile, hikers are rewarded with a beautiful overlook of the Delaware Valley and Kittatinny Mountains in New Jersey at Hermits Hill. At 1.5 miles, take a series of switchbacks down 240Ft. to the waterfalls. We will enjoy listening to the waterfalls while taking lunch. Afterward, you must climb back up the switchbacks before continuing the main trail, which quickly ascend Killer Hill (total of 340Ft elevation gain from the falls to top of the hill). We will pass through 3 forest types: a hemlock forest, a mixed oak forest, and a pine plantation before arriving on the shore of Pickerel Pond, which is a few minutes from the end of this trail.
After a break at the main lodge for bathrooms, head back out for about another hour towards the Moderate to Easy 1½ mile Scenic Gorge which begins with Ridgeline Trail. Experience an open hardwood forest ecosystem & a dark, cool hemlock canopy along Spackman's Creek.
This is a repeat of Friday's Activity.
The Ridgeline Trail is a well-marked and well maintained 4.5 mile/3 hour (without stops) moderate hike with less than 250 Ft elevation gain. For the first half-mile and the last mile of the trail, the Ridgeline Trail runs concurrently with the Scenic Gorge Trail.
You pass through the oak-chestnut forest and then climb up and over ridges of sedimentary rock, descend from a steep ridge – with the help of a rope – to the gorge below, where you visit the ruins of a cabin and its abandoned earthen dam. Follow around forested wetlands, and dive deep into a mature Hemlock forest following Spackman’s Creek. Even though the terrain is hilly, much of the area was farmed, and rock walls and a stone chimney can be seen along the trail. Before you leave the forest, you come to a 15-foot waterfall on Alicia Creek (AKA Sparkman’s Creek) and then hike alongside the stream back to your starting point.
This is a repeat of Friday's activity.
Enjoy a peaceful easy walk through the forest nearby camp. A good portion of the three-miles of trails in the Preserve is handicap accessible* with gradual uphill’s and downhills (total elevation gain/loss under 200 Ft.) and wide mostly flat paths. There are few places where you need to watch your step with rocks and tree roots.
Before his recent death, Township native, Charles Bridge donated his family's 300-acre property to Dingman Township. Charlie had two specific visions for the property - to honor his late wife's and mother's dream of preserving the property and to honor their wish that the land is accessible for public enjoyment. He also requested that the Park be named the Cornelia and Florence Bridge Preserve in their honor.