Long Swamp

Highlights: A prehistoric time capsule on 458 acres, Long Swamp was formed 10,000 years ago after the area’s most recent glacier retreated. A plank boardwalk and single-track trails lead through carnivorous pitcher plants and black spruce, acres of brilliant green sphagnum moss, and interrupted ferns—a species as old as the dinosaurs—as high as an adult’s shoulders.

Land conservation note: Thanks to the landowner (YMCA), Delaware Highlands Conservancy, and public funding, the 458 acres are protected for future generations – and open to the public for hiking.

Directions: Go to Camp Speers YMCA on Nichecronk Road, off Route 739 North, 5.4 miles past the Route 209 light in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania. Long Swamp is open for public hiking, but you must check in and check out at the Camp Speers office and wear a wristband.

For information, photos, hiker's comments and trail maps, see http://brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos/longswamp.html

Location

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Latitude: 41.275847 Longitude: -74.941789 Elevation: 1391 ft
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BWA Brodhead Watershed Association

Trail Distance

An easy 3.5 miles. Takes about 2 hours. See http://brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos/longswamp.html for trail map.

Accessibility Notes

Trail information: Easy-to-moderate footing, mostly on narrow, single-track trails. Rocky in places and wet off the boardwalk (where you may not stray). Wear sturdy boots or shoes.

You must check in and check out at YMCA’s Camp Speers office nearby and wear a wristband.

A trail map is available at the camp office.

• No motorized vehicles, including ATVs.
• For information on conserving land, which protects water: delawarehighlands.org.
• For information on Camp Speers: campspeersymca.org.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets.

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