Bryan S. on Pocono Environmental Education Center
Great place to hike from in Delaware Gap. Open during winter when the national park is closed. It has a great hike down to the falls. Trails are well marked and maps with details at the center for nature lovers. Watch for the markings - you can lose your way just following the paths. Several different hikes to take once you park at the center. Spent all day and loved it.
Nice hike with my son for his eight birthday. We parked at Culver's Gap lot and walked along Sunrise Mountain Road to Coursen Trail (blue). Took Stony Brook Trail (brown) to the AT (white) and back down to the parking.
I recorded this loop to be a little more than 6.25 miles. Some very rocky and wet areas to maneuver around. A few small waterfalls. Great views along the AT.
I parked in the Culver's Gap lot to start this loop because I didn't want to walk across Route 206. Went up the AT for a few miles to the Brown/Red Trail. Then took the Red Trail all the way to Stony Lake. The rest of the loop is mostly on paved roads and a portion of Route 206 which is a very busy road. I avoided a section of 206 by taking part of Lackner Trail and an unmarked path past a small pond. I would likely avoid the paved portion if I took this loop again and instead take the Blue Trail near Stony Lake back to Sunrise Mountain Road and the parking area.
Some nice views along the AT. This hike will take around 6 hours depending on how long you rest.
We hiked from the sunrise mountain lookout near Pavilion to the Tower. Some parts were very rocky and other parts were clear sailing. The only advise I really have is be very aware of your surroundings. We encountered 2 bears within 50 ft of each other on the trail. That did make for an interesting hike!