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Delaware State Forest
DELAWARE STATE FOREST
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Delaware State Forest
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Delaware State Forest
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Delaware State Forest
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Delaware State Forest
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A natural area is an area of unique scenic, historical, geological or ecological value, maintained in a relatively undisturbed manner where natural succession will be allowed to occur.

Six natural areas have been designated on the Delaware State Forest. Bruce Lake Natural Area covers 2,845 acres including two lakes, Bruce Lake and Egypt Meadow Lake. Bruce Lake was formed during glaciation and is completely spring fed. Virgin stands of pine and hemlock were cut in the late 1800s leaving the area vulnerable to fires that destroyed the rich humus soil layer. Egypt Meadow Lake was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.

During the Civil War, the Stillwater Natural Area provided a sanctuary for Union Army deserters and young men evading conscription. Shacks were built on the islands of the swamp or in the dense growth. This 1,931-acre tract contains a mix of conifers and hardwoods. About one mile of the Little Bushkill Steam offers "stillwaters" for canoeing.

Scrub oak, gray birch, aspen, and mixed oaks dominate the landscape of Pennel Run Natural Area. This elevated area comprises of 936 acres. A portion of the Utts Swamp is located within this natural area. A high mountain swamp surrounded by mixed oaks is located within the 535-acre Buckhorn Natural Area. Reptiles and amphibians are protected by special regulations within Pennel Run and Buckhorn Natural Areas.

Pine Lake Natural Area is a 67-acre site. Included is a 10-acre glacial bog that exhibits plant zones ranging from open water to tree cover. Various flora and fauna inhabit this tract.

A boreal conifer swamp is located within the Little Mud Pond Swamp Natural Area. Various emergent plants grow within the glacial bog. Species normally found at more northern latitudes can be found on this 182-acre tract.


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Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton , NJArts/Cultural/Drama
Peters Valley is a non-profit education center and gallery for craft arts. Tour the studios on weekends during summer. Workshops May to September, 2 to 5 days. Expert instructors from US and abroad. Commute or sleep over for a mini-vacation close-to-home. Wood turning, weaving, jewelry, ceramics, blacksmithing, photography, papermaking, beading and more.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
18.8 miles from park*
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PAHorseback Riding
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
Web Site: theblackwalnutinn.com
19.5 miles from park*
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Area Campgrounds

Mount Pocono Campground
30 Edgewood Drive
Mt. Pocono, PA
570-839-8950


Camp Charles Campgrounds
1077 Blue Mountain Drive
Bangor, PA
610-588-0553


Hickory Lake Campground
264 Laurel Hill Road
Bangor, PA
570-897-5811


Dingmans Campground
1006 Route 209
Dingmans Ferry, PA


Delaware Water Gap Pocono Mt KOA Kampground
233 Hollow Road
E. Stroudsburg, PA
570-223-8000


Mountain Vista Campground
RR #2 BOX 2190 50 Taylor Drive
E. Stroudsburg, PA
570-223-0111


Foxwood Family Campgrounds
400 Mt. Nebo Road
East Stroudsburg, PA
570-421-1424


Otter Lake Camp Resort
4805 Marshalls Creek Road
East Stroudsburg, PA
800-345-1369


Outdoor World - Timothy Lake North
Timothy Lake Road
East Stroudsburg, PA
570-588-6631


Outdoor World - Timothy Lake South
Timothy Lake Road
East Stroudsburg, PA
570-588-1617


Shady Acres
1078 Turkey Ridge Road
Mount Bethel, PA
570-897-6230


Four Seasons Campgrounds Inc
RD 1 Babbling Brook Road
Scotrun, PA
570-629-2504


Pocono Vacation Park
RD 5 Box 5214
Stroudsburg, PA
570-424-2587


Hemlock Campground & Cottages
362 Hemlock Drive
Tobyhanna, PA
570-894-4388


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Dunkelberger's Sports
585 Main St
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 421-7950


Family Bait & Tackle Shop
624 N Courtland St
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 421-6918


Windsor Fly Shop
348 N 9th St
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 424-0938


Hiawatha Hunting & Fishing
700 Schoolhouse Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 421-7712


Beaver Run Hunting & Fishing Club
3 Barren Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 223-8257


Area Cabins and Lodges
Skytop Lodge
1 Skytop
Skytop, PA
(570) 595-7401


Water Gap Country Club
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 476-0300


Countryside Cottages
RR 3 Box 3002
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 629-2131


Rainbow Mountain Resort and Restaurant
210 Mount Nebo Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 223-8484


Value Inn
5219 Milford Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 588-1100


Echo Valley Cottages
1 Lower Lakeview Dr
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 223-0662


Pocono Palace Inc
5241 Milford Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 588-6694


Paramount Motel
Business Route 209 N
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 421-2141


Birchwood In the Poconos
3400 Birchwood Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 629-0222


Shilla Garden Korean Restaurant
RR 209
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 588-1100


Alpine Lounge
RR 447
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 595-7411


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PABBs / Inns
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
Web Site: theblackwalnutinn.com
19.5 miles from park*
Whistling Swan Inn - Stanhope, NJBBs / Inns
Nestled in the beautiful Skylands Region of New Jersey, the house now known as The Whistling Swan Inn was built in 1905 by Justice of the Peace, Daniel Best, for his wife, Sarah. Come visit Northwest NJ's finest Victorian Inn Voted Top Ten BB in US by Inn Traveler Magazine
Web Site: whistlingswaninn.com
27.7 miles from park*
Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region - Lake Ariel, PAHotels/Motels
Located near popular recreational attractions, including the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park, Steamtown National Historic Site and Promised Land State Park. NASCAR fans will enjoy a day at the races at nearby Pocono Raceway.
Web Site: comfortinn.com/hotel-lake_ariel-pennsylvania-PA092
23.8 miles from park*
Wooden Duck Bed Breakfast - Newton, NJBBs / Inns
A brick patio in ground swimming pool invite guests to step outdoors and enjoy their picturesque surroundings and provide a lovely spot for seasonal breakfasting, sunbathing or just plain relaxing
Web Site: woodenduckinn.com/
22.8 miles from park*
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Peters Valley Craft Center Store - Layton , NJArts Crafts
The store at Peters Valley Craft Center offers original handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and home furnishings. Unique items from over 300 artists offer distinctive ideas to embellish the home, treat yourself, or to select for a gift. Visit the Gallery upstairs for our latest exhibit of fine art craft.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
18.8 miles from park*

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