Thunder Swamp Trail System

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Thunder Swamp Trail System
Length45 mi (72 km)
Location Monroe / Pike counties, Pennsylvania, USA
Trailheads Loop trail near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Hiking details
Hazards Uneven and rocky terrain,

snakes-copperhead, mosquito (west nile virus), ticks (lyme disease)

black bear (obvious dangers)

The Thunder Swamp Trail System is a 45-mile (72 km) network of hiking trails in Pennsylvania. It was constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps during the 1970s through the Pocono Mountains. The trail surface is challenging and is often wet, uneven and rocky.

Pennsylvania State of the United States of America

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains run through its middle. The Commonwealth is bordered by Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.

Youth Conservation Corps

The Youth Conservation Corps(YCC) is a summer youth work program in federally managed lands. The National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management employ teens each summer to participate in the YCC. The YCC has introduced young Americans to conservation opportunities in public lands since the program was created in 1970. In the late seventies and early eighties the program included a grant-in-aid component that funded state and local YCC projects nationwide. This element fell to 1982 budget cuts, but several states continued the effort with their own funds. Some employees currently working in land management agencies were introduced to their profession through the YCC.

Pocono Mountains geographical, geological, and cultural region located in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States

The Pocono Mountains, commonly referred to as The Poconos, are a geographical, geological, and cultural region in Northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The Poconos are an upland of the larger Allegheny Plateau. Forming a 2,400-square-mile (6,200 km2) escarpment overlooking the Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap to the east, the mountains are bordered on the north by Lake Wallenpaupack, on the west by the Wyoming Valley and the Coal Region, and to the south by the Lehigh Valley. The name comes from the Munsee word Pokawachne, which means "Creek Between Two Hills." Much of the Poconos region lies within the Greater New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The wooded hills and valleys have long been a popular recreation area, accessible within a two-hour drive to millions of metropolitan area residents, with many communities having resort hotels with fishing, hunting, skiing, and other sports facilities.

The main trail is marked with orange blazes and is designated a "State Forest Hiking Trail" with special trail corridor protection. There are several connector trails offering side trips. Parking is very convenient for one of the better sections of this trail system and is located on the right-hand side of Rt 402 approximately one mile passed the Monroe/Pike County line. The stone parking lot is located between Howeytown Road to the south and Saw Creek Road to the north. This is a great section for trout fishing. You can hike out of the back of the parking lot for approximately 1.5 miles and come across a small creek with nice six to eight inch trout scattered throughout the holes. If you were to hike across Rt 402 for approximately three miles you will come across Ressica Creek which is always plentiful of trout. This is a tough hike back to either stream but the experience is well worth the effort. Hiking conditions are moderate at best, wear very comfortable and sturdy boots, pack plenty of water, and always take your camera. The wildlife on these trails is great for the area.

Coordinates: 41°08′39″N75°04′56″W / 41.144287°N 75.082103°W / 41.144287; -75.082103

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