Thomas Darling Preserve

Gouldsboro, PA

Thomas Darling Preserve is located in the famed Pocono Mountains and is home to one of the state’s largest spruce forests. This groundwater-fed glacial wetland offers more than 1,300 acres of birding, hiking and hunting areas. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Wildlands has established a land management agreement, new trails and environmental education opportunities.

  • Getting Here

    Main entrance

    518 Coolbaugh Road Gouldsboro, PA 18424

Learn More About Thomas Darling Preserve

  • Wildlife

    Nesting boxes on the property here are meant to attract populations of the endangered Northern Flying Squirrel. Other species on this preserve include American Black Bear, Grey Fox, White-tailed Deer, Gray and Red Squirrel, Southern Flying Squirrel, Red-bellied Snake, Dusky Salamander as well as Red-backed Salamander.

    The preserve is also home to an extensive habitat restoration project focusing on Golden-winged Warblers. The spruce forest also plays host to myriad bird species. Swamp Sparrow, Prairie Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Red-eyed Vireo, Trail’s Flycatcher, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Common Yellowthroat have been observed in the bounds of the Thomas Darling preserve.

  • Plantlife

    The acreage is comprised primarily of hardwood forest, with species such as  American Beech, Red Maple, Hawthorn, Service Berry, and others. The understory is almost entirely Beech brush.

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Questions or feedback about this preserve?

Contact Preserve Manager Michael Hock

(610) 965-4397 ext 132 –