Another Trail With A View, This One In Tuscarora State Park.
I was in Schuylkill County early last Saturday morning, so I decided to hike in another one of our many parks here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tuscarora State Park is located near Barnesville, about 15 miles from my home in Luzerne County. The Park opened in 1971 and featured the new lake formed by the damming of Locust Creek.
My first visit here was shortly after it opened on a picnic with my family. I remember swimming in the lake with my dad and siblings. I also spent many summer afternoons on the beach while in high school. I did not return for many years until I started hiking here a few year ago. I have posted blogs on my hikes on the Spirit of Tuscarora, Old Log and other trails. On Saturday I planned to hike the Lake View Trail, a 3.6 mile out and back trail that begins at the boat launch.
I parked in the lot above at the swimming area and walked down to the lake. It was quiet and peaceful under mostly cloudy skies . I took in the beautiful scene and reflected on the first time I was here so many years ago. Good times they were. In addition to a few fishermen in their boats on the lake the only other activity I saw was this family of Canada geese out for a morning swim.
I tried to walk along the shore of the lake to the boat launch area. However, there was no trail and, after struggling through some thick underbrush, I walked up to a wide access trail above the lake.
Walking along the steep, rocky trail was worth the effort, especially when I was treated to the sight of a lady slipper orchid, or as my dad called them, a “duck flower”. He loved these flowers, and. in the Spring would take me an my siblings on walks to find them and the pink azaleas he called “honeysuckles”. And, as we searched for these pretty wildflowers, he was always telling us “to keep your eyes peeled” and we would find them. And we always did.
I also found some edible oyster mushrooms. However they were too old and infested with insects to eat. Near these mushrooms I had the misfortune to step on a yellow jacket or wasp nest. I immediately sensed my peril and escaped with only one sting.
lt then led my up to a wider access road and large open field. Honeysuckle trees grew in the field and filled the air with their sweet fragrance. There was a tent in the filed and I am sure he folks camping here enjoyed the fragrance of the honeysuckle. it looked like a perfect place to camp.
The trail turned and descended the hill down to the shore of the lake. Here the Lake View Trail ended with a view of the lake. I sat and took in the tranquil setting before deciding to begin my 2 1/2 mile return hike.
Some of the campers were now up, it was near noon, and loud music and laugher filled the park. It was turning out to a wonderful Saturday in the park. I wished I had seen more birds and wildlife on my 5 mile hike, but I was satisfied with the few birds , wildflowers and beautiful scenery I experienced on the Lake View Trail And I hope to return and visit this park again soon .Here is a gallery with some more photographs from my hike in Tuscarora State Park. Lake View Hike May 22 2021
A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.Henry David Thoreau