Get Out! Lehigh Valley: Bear Swamp & Lake Minsi

Get Out! Lehigh Valley: Bear Swamp & Lake Minsi
May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Bear Swamp Park & Archery Center
1300 Lake Minsi Dr
Bangor, PA 18013
Maureen Ruhe
610-965-4397 ext. 136

We’ll do the archery complex first. This level trail has some rocks and roots as it meanders through a pleasant forest in Upper Mount Bethel Township. We’ll view archery target stations as we stroll. Then we’ll cross Lake Minsi Drive to the long-range archery fields and the Boardwalk around Bear Swamp. We’ll stop by at a small pond, and the “nature center,” a 3-sided pavilion. In spring this is a good place to view turtles, frogs, and spring flowers. After we return to our cars, we will drive a quarter mile east to the western parking lot at Minsi Lake. The lake is drained so its dam can be repaired, but wild flowers and other plants cover the lake bed. It’s a lovely place to see great blue herons, butterflies, and other natural wonders. For our third hike, we’ll walk on the dam to the spillway and then retrace our steps to the parking lot. This walk is appropriate for children of all ages. Dogs on leash are welcome. Sturdy footwear that can get wet is recommended. Several areas of these trails can be mushy depending on recent rain fall. Bring binoculars/camera to capture spring wildlife and plants. Bring bug repellent, sun hat and sun screen.