Pike County PA has so many beautiful places – another of these is Bruce Lake Natural Area.
|Bruce Lake Natural Area|
One Sunday afternoon, the husband, Mr. Rice, and I took our three unruly kids on this hike, hoping to hike the attitudes right out of them.
They soon stopped bickering with each other, and even my couch potato son reluctantly had fun. This trail is relatively easy going – the only way it could be easier is if it were 100% flat and blacktopped. While the beginning of the trail is gravel, most of it is just a wide grassy road, decorated with some rocks here and there. A few little hills. Anyone in good health can easily conquer this hiking trail.
The beauty is breathtaking. I stopped and saw some princess pine, a ground covering commonly used in wreaths and other holiday decorations. I also noticed some elderberries, which brought back memories of making elderberry jam with my aunt. The views of Panther Swamp, Balsam Swamp, Egypt Meadow Lake, and finally, Bruce Lake were so beautiful – I was once again reminded of why I love Pike County PA & the Poconos.
Bruce Lake is accessible only by hiking in (there is another shorter trail that takes you directly to the lake, but the kids were so antsy, we needed the entire 2.5 mile hike in to settle them down.) Supposedly the lake is good for fishing; I saw several fish breaking water when we got to the end of the trail. Bass, muskies, pan fish, and pickeral are said to be inhabitants of the clean waters of this glacial lake.
Maybe you’d like to move to Pike County PA, too, so that you can take advantage of this and other hiking trails in the state forest and in Promised Land State Park. If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact me using the buttons below.
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