DCNR Unveils New Features for
State’s ‘Prowl the Sproul’ Hiking Program
Harrisburg, PA - The Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is inviting hikers and other
visitors to again sample the rugged beauty of the Sproul State Forest when
the three-day "Prowl the Sproul" series of hikes steps off
Friday, July 27.
the increasingly popular hiking program links participants with guides from
the Bureau of Forestry, Keystone Trails Association (KTA), and local civic
and sportsmen's groups.
its thousands of mountainous, unspoiled acres to explore, Sproul State
Forest offers a network of trails that draws hikers of all abilities, from
beginners to seasoned veterans,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.
"This unique invitation is extended by the folks who best know this
rugged forest district amid the Pennsylvania Wilds."
KTA guides have selected many of the most popular trails in Sproul State
Forest, including hikes on sections of the Chuck Keiper,
Donut Hole, Eagleton Mine Camp, Jack Paulhamus Garby, and T-Squared trails, and the Long Fork Loop.
Guides again will lead hikers off the beaten path to some of the
lesser-known, natural jewels of Sproul State Forest.
be able to choose from hikes featuring one of the oldest trout nurseries in
Pennsylvania, waterfalls, overlooks, old railroad grades, historical sites,
unique woodlands, and flora that make the Sproul State Forest truly unique
among DCNR’s 20 state forest districts. To combat summer heat, several
refreshing hikes are planned to streams, waterfalls, and other cool spots
known only by DCNR guides.
hikes ranging from three to nine miles will offer hikers a variety of
terrain and difficulty levels before Sproul XV events close Sunday, July
29. In total, the weekend will feature 18 guided hikes: three Friday,
July 27; ten Saturday, July 28; and five Sunday, July 29. Participants are
advised to register early, as each hike will be limited to 20 hikers.
hike descriptions and registration forms can be found on the Keystone
Trails Association website: www.kta-hike.org.
general information, contact the Sproul State Forest District Office, 15187
Renovo Road, Renovo; 570-923-6011, or visit the DCNR website: www.dcnr.state.pa.us. More
information on some of the planned hikes can be found at http://www.explorepatrails.com.
CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-2265; email@example.com