The 97-acre “neighborhood preserve” features the vestiges of the Old Orchard Inn, which burned in 1928. Stone steps remain, cut into the hillside, providing access to Brodhead Creek. Visitors will see exhilarating views upstream and downstream of this bend in the creek. Follow the red-blazed trail into stands of big, old rhododendrons; large patches of Christmas fern; white pines and hemlock; and very few invasive plants. Living boulders the size of small cars are carpeted in lichens and moss.
Hiking, wildlife viewing. No fishing. No motorized vehicles, including ATVs.
Year round. Depending on the season, expect to cross some wet patches.
Although the trail is blazed, legal access to the property requires a scramble along the border of a neighboring property owner. Red blazes mark most of the trail, but use this map to guide you in entering and exiting the preserve. The blazed trail begins at 41º10’12” N 75º14’ 55” W (elevation 930). Blazing is sporadic or nonexistent up to this point.