Wolf Swamp

Tannersville, Pennsylvania

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Wolf Swamp and the surrounding lakes are the result of the glacial ice sheets that came down into Pennsylvania. Receding ice, massive amounts of meltwater, and millions of years sculpted a landscape that includes many bogs, swamps, and kettle lakes. These same ice formations formed glacial bogs and deposited the various boulder fields throughout the region. Big Pocono State Park is located just 0.4 mile away and offers incredible views from the summit of Camelback Mountain. On a clear day you can see the Catskill Mountains, over 80 miles to the northeast in New York, and the East High Point Mountains and Mount Tammany to the east in New Jersey. Binoculars and a camera are a definite must for this ride. Highlights: Wolf Swamp and surrounding glacial bogs and ponds with outstanding wildlife viewing; nice vista atop the "Knoll," Big Pocono State Park nearby with restrooms, picnic areas, and 360-degree views atop Camelback Mountain. Tread: old woods roads that vary from gravel and rock to grassy surfaces. A few sections of grassy-field-edge riding and some rocky ATV-style trail.
Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

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Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)

Wolf Swamp and the surrounding lakes are the result of the glacial ice sheets that came down into Pennsylvania. Receding ice, massive amounts of meltwater, and millions of years sculpted a landscape that includes many bogs, swamps, and kettle lakes. These same ice formations formed glacial bogs and deposited the various boulder fields throughout the region. Big Pocono State Park is located just 0.4 mile away and offers incredible views from the summit of Camelback Mountain.

On a clear day you can see the Catskill Mountains, over 80 miles to the northeast in New York, and the East High Point Mountains and Mount Tammany to the east in New Jersey. Binoculars and a camera are a definite must for this ride. Highlights: Wolf Swamp and surrounding glacial bogs and ponds with outstanding wildlife viewing; nice vista atop the "Knoll," Big Pocono State Park nearby with restrooms, picnic areas, and 360-degree views atop Camelback Mountain. Tread: old woods roads that vary from gravel and rock to grassy surfaces. A few sections of grassy-field-edge riding and some rocky ATV-style trail.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tannersville
Distance: 11.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,020 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania Game Commission 717-183-7507
Local Maps: USGS Pocono Pines, Mount Pocono; Pennsylvania Game Commission, SGL 38 map
Driving Directions: Directions to Wolf Swamp

Recent Trail Reviews

5/10/2006
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Ha! We had the same experience as Molly except in our case we were unable to get our bearings before the sun went down (thank you o-lord for the white blind light - the moon that is). Problem is everything looks different in the dark. Long story short, we emerged from the woods @ 11:30 pm (on a work night!) tired, but happy that we brought our compass. Besides the confusing roads cut haphazardly throughout and lack of singletrack, the riding is decent. Too many ticks (2 on each of us) make me reluctant to return anytime soon...


5/5/2006
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First of all the trail guide map was tough to follow, and at one point where you're supposed to count three trails off to the left and two off to the right, continuing straight past them and then finally bearing left at the split... if you continue along that way you eventually end up in some kind of neighborhood not having any idea where the trail went. We had to turn around, take one of the trail off-shoots, making sure we stayed heading south and east until we finally found the trail again. We ended up going way out of the way, taking a long time, and worried about the setting sun and inaccurate map. Too stressful for something supposed to be fun. There were many spots where walking the bike was necessary because the terrain was just too loose, making the front wheel slide to the side a lot. Would be better trail if it was clearly marked. Easy to get lost, and had to stop to consult the map so often. Other than that it was a pretty area, nice views, nice lakes, etc.


5/9/2004
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10/12/2000
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Great trail easy ride with a 1.5 mile downhill at the end. Plenty of trails to ride not just State gamelands 38 if you are really skilled and are good at avoiding park rangers. try the North, South, Or Indian Trail.



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