Cherry Creek meanders for 15 miles through Cherry Valley and into Delaware Water Gap, and is often easily accessible. But to see the headwaters of this lovely little creek takes effort.
Brodhead Watershed Association will host a hike to the headwaters on Saturday, March 17, as part of the free Get Outdoors Poconos series.
A kiosk with a trail map welcomes hikers to the 184 acres of the Ridge Nature Trail, part of the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
After a scramble up to the ridge, stop to catch your breath at the top, where long, ridge-to- ridge views will reward your effort.
A woods road trail leads through a field studded with eastern red cedars. Many animals visit this wild banquet hall, smack in the middle of the Atlantic flyway. Birds love the cedars’ tiny blue “berries” (actually odd-looking cones), as do many mammals such as meadow mice, rabbits, foxes, possums and coyotes. And white-tailed deer, of course!
“Headwaters” is a grand term for the mossy rock pool where Cherry Creek begins. From this still, secluded place, these waters make their way to the wide Delaware River, to become drinking water for 15 million people. This high, preserved and protected land helps keep that water safe and pure. A visit is worth the effort.