Scenic USA - Pennsylvania

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Poe Paddy State Park

Poe Paddy State Park

Photo by Ben Prepelka

Late spring in Pennsylvania signals the time for anglers and hikers to head for Poe Paddy State Park. The Green Drake mayflies hatch in June and bring in avid fly-fishermen from all parts of the country. Here at Penns Creek and Big Poe Creek the huge mayflies keep resident trout busy for weeks.
After the roads are cleared and graded, and leaves once again cover the trees, hikers are out enjoying part of the 300 mile Mid State Trail. Following Penns Creek, the access trail crosses a pedestrian bridge and climbs toward the Paddy Mountain railroad tunnel. This old railroad spur served Poe Mill, a lumbering camp that worked this section of today's Bald Eagle State Forest in the late 1800s.
Poe Paddy, and Poe Paddy Valley state parks are surrounded by 198,000 acres of state forest land. These parks are accessed by gravel forest roads, giving a good impression of being off the beaten path.
This view looks up the trail near the Poe Mill site, catching a mottled view of the mountain laurel in full bloom. The unusual name, Poe and Paddy, are names of the two prominent mountains in this area. The Civilian Conservation Corps carved these two parks from the Pennsylvania forest in the mid 1930s. The CCC was also responsible for turning areas, such as this, back toward their original state after lumbering companies decimated the forests.



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