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Hemlocks Natural Area Loop Professional Review and Guide
"From the north trailhead for the Hemlocks Natural Area, this hike follows the Patterson Run and Rim trails along the east side of the Patterson Run. About halfway through the natural area, the hike crosses the creek and follows the Hemlock Trail along the west side of the ravine to the south end of the natural area. From there, the hike returns via the Rim and Patterson Run trails along the east of the ravine.Located in western Perry County, the Hemlocks Natural Area is a 120-acre tract of land that is home to a stand of virgin eastern hemlock trees. The extent of the natural area is located in the steep-sided ravine through which Patterson Run flows, and in all likelihood this stand of trees was saved from the bite of the saw by the topography. According to the information brochure provided by the Tuscarora State Forest, the oldest trees date back 280 years. Many of them measure more than 2 feet in diameter and more than 100 feet tall. Some of the trees are absolutely huge, and few places exist in the east where you can see trees with the stature of these hemlocks."
--Matt Willen, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg (Menasha Ridge Press).
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