A Hike On The Susquehannock Trail In The Potter County Mountains
When I awoke in the Mills Stream Inn in Coudersport, Potter County on Saturday morning I was surprised, and disappointed, to see that is was still raining. The forecast was for clearing early in the morning and I didn’t bring rain gear on my trip. Well, I didn’t drive three hours to sit in a hotel in the rain so I decided to hike on the Susquehannock STS trail near Denton Hill State Park despite the rain.
Not long after I began my hike I found this chicken of the woods mushrooms, one of my favorite edible wild mushrooms. I am always searching for them back home. This one look nice but it was a bit too old for harvesting.
A little further along the trail I found a log book along the path and signed in. The Susquehannock Trail is an 85 mile loop trails though the last of the Pennsylvania wilderness and attracts many hikers each year. I commented on the beauty of the trail and my luck in finding a chicken mushroom nearby.
It was nice to see the bright red berries of the painted trillium flowers along the trail. I used to have many of these growing on my property in Hazle Township but I don’t see them anymore. They are beautiful early Spring flowers and a becoming rare in the woods of the Commonwealth.
and a few species I haven’t seen before. My PictureThis App tells me this is a log fern.
Another new sighting to me were the towering black cherry trees growing along the trail. They were the most dominate tree in this area of the trail. They were impressive. I have never seen them this large before. I later learned the Cherry Springs State Park was named after the large stands of these beautiful trees.
Shortly after leaving the boundary of Denton Hill State Park the thick woodlands cleared up and the trail continued through an area that had been logged. There was now open space which was overtaken by ferns,
I hiked out about 3 1/2 miles when I decided to end my hike and start back. I followed the same trail I hiked in on but after a 1 1/2 I left the Susquehannock Trail and followed a wide trail which I soon learned was an ATV trail. I would guess 50 ATV’s passed me on the last 2 miles of my hike.
It wasn’t peaceful and quiet now, with the constant noise of the passing ATV’s. But it was still nice hiking in the deep forest. And the wider trail allowed for more sunlight and the growth of wildflowers. Many colorful wildflowers were in bloom including brown knapweed,
A few birds also sang in the tree tops including the red-eyed vireo. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photographs of the birds I saw on the Susquehannock Trail. Susquehannock Trail Hike birds August 14 2021.
The skies had cleared and I was now hiking under the still strong August sun. The sun warmed it up and it was near noon when I finished my 7 1/2 mile hike on the Susquehannock and ATV trails. It was, hopefully, the first of many hikes on the trails in God’s Country, in Potter County. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike on the trail. Susquehannock Trail August 14 2021.
“Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong” – Jennifer Pharr Davis