Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area

Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area, a 130-acre preserve, is a center of community life. Just off Route 115 and close to Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, and Route 80, it is an easy-to-reach haven for hiking, fishing, picnicking, photography, and peaceful contemplation.

Then there is the highlight everyone aims for: the falls. Wide, flat bedrock above the falls has been worn smooth by decades of sightseers and fishermen. With good balance and a walking stick, you can make your way down to the deep pools below the falls and along the very edge of the creek. Or take the easier high route to an overlook above, in a clearing furnished with picnic tables and benches.

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Location

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Latitude: 41.083273 Longitude: -75.584172 Elevation: 1558 ft
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BWA Brodhead Watershed Association

Recreational Opportunities

Three blazed trails make for lots of hiking options. There’s a quick half-mile loop – Pine Trail – blazed in orange. Highland Trail, blazed in blue, is almost a mile long and loops through mixed hardwood and pine forest above the creek. The red-blazed Creek Trail is a 2.3-mile, out-and-back walk along the creek.

 

 

 

Seasons Accessible

All year around. Fishing spring through fall.

Fees

None

Accessibility Notes

The walking would be mucky, but volunteers have placed bridges and simple stepping-stone crossings made of tree-trunk slices and smooth rocks – anything to welcome people to this outdoor wonder.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed dogs are welcome. Owners must carry waste out.

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