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greenBlue Two Ponds Loop

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1.5 mile 2.5 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 110' 33 m
Descent: -106' -32 m
High: 831' 253 m
Low: 764' 233 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A great loop around, you guessed it, two ponds!

Kristen Arendt

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly A short, easy loop that starts and ends at the Pocono Environmental Education Center.

Overview

A leisurely hike through a beautiful forest canopy with glimpses of Front Pond and Pickerel Pond along the way.

Need to Know

Restrooms are located in the main building of the Pocono Environmental Education Center.

Description

Starting from the southwest corner of the Pocono Environmental Education Center parking area, follow signage to the Two Ponds Trail. From the trailhead, you'll wander through mixed hardwood and pine forests flush with white oak, red maple, and shagbark hickory. The northern pond, Front Pond, is the smaller of the two ponds that you'll hike past first, followed by Pickerel Pond which is slightly larger and is located along the southern half of the loop.

Upon reaching the two ponds along the route, keep your eyes peeled for signs of fuzzy yellow goslings being shepherded by their parents along the water's edge. Needless to say, bringing your camera along in anticipation of this adorable sight is highly recommended!

Near its end, the Two Ponds Trail forms a T-intersection with the Tumbling Waters Trail. Take a right on this trail to complete your loop of the two ponds. The Tumbling Waters Trail is orange-blazed and will continue through the same type of forested landscape. Eventually, the trail will come to a raised boardwalk that skirts along the edge of the shrubbery-laden wetlands along Front Pond before popping out by the parking lot where you started.

Flora & Fauna

White oak, red maple, shagbark hickory, and numerous species of pine can be seen along the trail. If you're lucky, you might even see goslings and their parents skirting the edges of both ponds. For more information about the multitude of flora and fauna in the area, be sure to visit the Pocono Environmental Education Center or download the informative trail brochure.

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Jun 15, 2019
Wil van der Veen
May 6, 2019
Erik Potgieter
2mi — 11h 00m
Oct 13, 2018
Sarahsaurus Frex
Jun 16, 2018
Stacey van der Veen
1.5mi
Nov 24, 2017
Amber Rosado
Oct 8, 2016
Margo Mazzarella
Was fun to let the girls hike the trail off their leash! And this visitor center was the only one open today, so we got our stamp luckily!!!

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