This 32+-acre property borders approximately three miles of the southern shore of the Buckwha Creek between the towns of Kunkletown and Little Gap in Carbon County. The peaceful forested landscape provides an intact floodplain and riparian buffer to Buckwha Creek and a respite for those looking for fishing or birding opportunities off the beaten path. There is no public access to this property.

This nature preserve offers reprise for mammals including deer, turkey, foxes. The creek allows passageways for waterfowl including Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks, as well as herons and bald eagles.

Tree species present on the preserve include but are not limited to hemlock, red maple, white birch, black birch, ash, tulip poplar, white oak, black oak, white pine, aspen, black walnut and American beech. The understory includes spicebush, honeysuckle, mountain laurel, and red twig dogwood. Thickets of rhododendrons line the trail as well as large populations of fern, jewelweed, mosses, and more.

Here, the forested banks of Buckwha Creek have been through the process of delayed succession for at least the last 90 years, and judging from its location, perhaps for a while before that.  The Chestnut Ridge Rail Road had managed the right of way for fire and hazard while the surrounding forest was likely harvested for fuel or lumber.

We acquired this property with the sole intention of preserving land through a donation from the Chestnut Ridge Railway Corp of Palmerton in 1990.

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