Jennings Environmental Education Center Trail Loop Trail

Butler, Pennsylvania

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Jennings provides a unique combination of prairie and forestlands. The relict 20-acre prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. It has survived the climatic changes that transformed other prairies into forests, due to its 20-foot-thick layer of impermeable clay that dissuades the growth of trees. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the prairie is in full bloom. The late bloom time is common for prairie plants, which prefer the hot, dry weather of midsummer. Begin the hike at the obvious trailhead, which is marked by two stone pillars dedicated to Dr. Otto Emery Jennings, one of Pennsylvania’s most renowned botanists; he was influential in protecting the prairie.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

by Donna L. Ruff (Menasha Ridge Press)

Jennings provides a unique combination of prairie and forestlands. The relict 20-acre prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. It has survived the climatic changes that transformed other prairies into forests, due to its 20-foot-thick layer of impermeable clay that dissuades the growth of trees.

Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the prairie is in full bloom. The late bloom time is common for prairie plants, which prefer the hot, dry weather of midsummer. Begin the hike at the obvious trailhead, which is marked by two stone pillars dedicated to Dr. Otto Emery Jennings, one of Pennsylvania’s most renowned botanists; he was influential in protecting the prairie.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butler
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150 feet
Top Elevation: 1,250 feet
Local Maps: USGS Slippery Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Jennings Environmental Education Center Trail Loop Trail

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2/12/2009
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Directions from the book should read: "From Pittsburgh, take Interstate 79 North to PA 422 East [not "west"] to PA 528 North. The center is approximately 12 miles north of Butler...etc."



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