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Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tours

Experience the beauty and wonder of the wildlife and wild spaces of North-Central PA while taking moments to reflect upon the wisdom of Jesus as well as American Nature Writers like Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Rachel Carson and others.

Rich Hanlon, Outdoor enthusiast, member of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro, and Founder of the BestLife.Community blog is ready to lead you on an adventure to help you get to know our wild neighbors.

To schedule your own or join an upcoming Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tour contact Rich using one of the following:

RHANLON@SUSUMC.ORG, 412-992-6648,

Winter 2019-20 Wildlife Tours

The 2019-2020 Winter Wildlife Tours will cover 12 miles of the Pine Creek Rail Trail between Stokesdale and Owassee in four separate events. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, and that includes appropriate footwear. Boots, cross-country skis, and snow shoes are all acceptable modes of transportation for the Winter Wildlife Tours. The four Wildlife Tours are as follows:

Winter Solstice Wildlife Tour. Gather at the parking area of the Northern Terminus of the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Stokesdale (Near PagOmar market) at 9:00am on Saturday December 21st. Get to know some of our Wild Neighbors while also hearing a few stories about the life of St. Francis of Assisi as well as one of the prayers that are attributed to him while traversing 3 miles of this flat and level trail. Also, learn part of the story about the role that glaciers played in the current direction of Marsh Creek.

New Year’s Eve Saunter. Gather at the parking lot of the USGS Fish Lab in Asaph at 3:00pm on Tuesday December 31st. Get to know some of our Wild Neighbors by the tracks they leave on the trail (snow permitting!) as we cover a 2 mile stretch of trail. Release the old and welcome the new as we saunter along the Pine Creek Rail Trail with Henry David Thoreau. 

For the Love of Wild Spaces. Gather at the Darling Run Access Area at 9:00am on Saturday February 29th to cover 4 miles of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.  Get acquainted with our Wild Neighbors along the trail as we make our way into the Pine Creek Gorge, beloved of one of the most prolific Nature Writers to have lived in this area, George Washington Sears, a.k.a. “Nessmuk.”  As we saunter along, we’ll pause to reflect on the words of Nessmuk himself. 

The Lion and the Lamb Wildlife Tour. They say that March is the month that rolls in like a lion and out like a lamb. Gather at the Darling Run Access Area at 9:00am on Saturday March 21st. We’ll cover a 3 mile stretch of the Pine Creek Rail Trail and as we saunter along, we’ll pause to contemplate the beauty of wild spaces and the awesome power of God’s love while also taking note of the signs of Springtime soon to come.

Barbour Rock Trail Loop. Want to see the best of the PA Grand Canyon? We’ll gather at the Barbour Rock Trailhead parking lot off of Colton Rd. at 9am on Saturday April 25th. The hike, which contains some of the best views the canyon has to offer, will cover about 3 miles of easy to moderate terrain and should take about three hours as we'll stop to enjoy some canyon vistas along the way.

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