Pocono Environmental Education Center is a 3 mile loop trail located near Tamiment, PA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from April until October.
Scenic Gorge, Waterfalls, Views, Ponds, Swamps, Fossils PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center) is administered by the Delaware Water Gap NRA. The center sits on top of the Pocono Plateau. The hike starts out on the Sunrise trail. You will traverse through Oak/Hickory forests as well as Hemlock Ravines and pass old farm sites. Then you will get onto the Fossil trail where you will be able to view Fossil along the route. You end the hike by taking the Tumbling Waters trail. This is the highlight of the entire hike. You will traverse the edge of the Pocono Plateau were you will get great views of the Kittatinny mountains and the Delaware Valley. You also will descend down into a ravine and view two waterfalls. This is a common site along the eastern end of the Pocono Plateau. All the Water from on top of the plateau flows off of the steep eastern slopes forming waterfalls and Ravines. The steep slopes were cut by the Delaware River were all the water eventually flows into.
Beautiful hike and well maintained set of trails that all lead back to the central welcome center. This PEEC loop described on this website is actually a collection of trails, and when combined add up to 8 miles. There are free maps when you arrive to describe each trail. We took the tumbling waters trail and the scenic gorge trail. Tumbling waters had moderate elevation especially when you reached the falls. In order to view them, you had to walk down a spur trail that had a railing (which is good for those who would find this difficult otherwise) and back up again to continue on the trail. After that there was a very nice scenic view point with a brick fireplace! The scenic gorge trail was absolutely beautiful because it was a trail through an evergreen forest. Definitely captured what's great about this area of pennsylvania. All in all, with those two trails we hiked 5 miles in about 2.5 hours. Very nice welcome center with a class going on when we arrived at noon on a Sunday, along with a collection of local fossils and some stuffed animals like a bear, birds, and other local critters. Very peaceful place, will be back again!
We did the orange loop (tumbling rivers) and it was perfect. There were places where it was steep but also some smoother spots. We did the whole loop in 2 hours but we power walked most of it. I think we started backwards because we ended with the big pond. Going this way seemed to work out better because it started with the more intense trekking and ended on more flat ground.
One of my favorite hikes around me (tumbling water trail - orange). Very educational, great nature center, helpful staff. The trails are well marked and maintained. The orange trail to the waterfall is gorgeous and quiet with some beautiful views almost half way through (before the falls). This trail also cuts through many different types of forest. I love it!
excellent and challenging hike. interesting educational information. I would definitely recommend this hike
The Sunrise trail is excellent
go through several environs - one looks like how I picture 'middle earth' (no thanks hollywood)