Lower Buzzard Swamp

Marienville, Pennsylvania

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The perfect family ride with great outdoor wildlife viewing opportunities awaits at Buzzard Swamp. The swamp is host to over twenty different species of waterfowl that migrate along the Atlantic flyway, most of which can be seen in the spring. During the fall migration, you might see ducks, geese, herons, egrets, and other raptors, including bald eagles. The ride takes you around the four largest ponds in the swamp and circles the restricted propagation area. This special section of marsh and swamp land is home to important waterfowl vegetation and also provides an uninterrupted habitat for nesting birds. This small, 40-acre tract is restricted to human traffic but offers the best chances of observing wildlife in the swamp. Binoculars are a must. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, perch, crappie, and bluegills inhabit all the ponds, and the forest service allows non-motorized boating. For families setting out for an afternoon trek, be aware that this ride runs mainly through vast, open fields offering little in the way of sun or wind protection; plan accordingly. Highlights: outstanding wildlife viewing and photography, great fishing, non-motorized boating, scenic views, great outdoor family ride.
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by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)

The perfect family ride with great outdoor wildlife viewing opportunities awaits at Buzzard Swamp. The swamp is host to over twenty different species of waterfowl that migrate along the Atlantic flyway, most of which can be seen in the spring. During the fall migration, you might see ducks, geese, herons, egrets, and other raptors, including bald eagles. The ride takes you around the four largest ponds in the swamp and circles the restricted propagation area. This special section of marsh and swamp land is home to important waterfowl vegetation and also provides an uninterrupted habitat for nesting birds.

This small, 40-acre tract is restricted to human traffic but offers the best chances of observing wildlife in the swamp. Binoculars are a must. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, perch, crappie, and bluegills inhabit all the ponds, and the forest service allows non-motorized boating. For families setting out for an afternoon trek, be aware that this ride runs mainly through vast, open fields offering little in the way of sun or wind protection; plan accordingly. Highlights: outstanding wildlife viewing and photography, great fishing, non-motorized boating, scenic views, great outdoor family ride.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Marienville
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 1,700 feet
Local Contacts: Allegheny National Forest 814-723-5150
Local Maps: USGS Marienville East; Allegheny National Forest Buzzard Swamp Trail map
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Buzzard Swamp

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May 2018