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Penns Creek

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Penns Creek - Poe Paddy State Park, Pennsylvania

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     Penns Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Central Pennsylvania, is one of the state's most famous trout streams. When late spring's Green Drake Hatch is due, anglers line the stream elbow to elbow and patiently wait on the swarm to arrive.
     Poe Paddy State Park, once the site of a lumbering town during the late 1800s, is centered on the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek. During the 1930s, Poe Paddy was the focus of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Surrounded by remnants of timberland, roads were established in the Bald Eagle State Forest, trees replanted and two state parks were developed. Lying between the Poe and Paddy mountains, you find both Poe Paddy and Poe Paddy Valley state parks bearing that unforgettable name. Poe Paddy Adirondack Shelter
     Down in the valley, the Poe Paddy campground follows a huge horseshoe shaped meander of Penns Creek. Featuring a rustic campground with excellent access to Penns Creek, anglers and campers will find both tent and trailer campsites, plus two Adirondack lean-tos, all overlooking Penns Creek.
     Despite its location nearby the Mid State Trail, access to an exciting hike through Poe Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel, and a spectacular autumn Bald Eagle State Forest, the Penns Creek area will always be known for its extraordinary catches of wild trout.

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