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