In the midst the 84,000-acre Delaware State Forest in Pike County, PA., is a glacier-carved gem. Thunder Swamp shines with creeks, 45 miles of trails, and unusual flora and fauna. You can hike as little as one mile, or do the whole 45.
Thunder Swamp trails are blazed with orange. Other trails, such as Painter’s Swamp, are blazed with red. Trail intersections are marked with white wayfinding signs. Trails are often rocky and may be wet.
Hikers will follow a rocky path to see evidence of coyotes, big slices of slate rising from the ground, huge boulders covered with moss and ferns, sheep laurel, blueberries, witch hazel, and wintergreen. Great blue herons often survey the swamps partially maintained by beavers – a chain of three lodges lines the west side of the swamp.
For information about this and other hikes in the Poconos, see the Get Outdoors Poconos site at http://www.brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos/index.html.