Newly opened to the public, the 3,412-acre Bear Creek Preserve is a vast expanse of forests and steep stream valleys in the Pocono Plateau’s Lehigh River Watershed. There are over 5 miles of unpaved trails ranging from easy to moderate to difficult; more trails will be completed in the coming months. The preserve–larger than many state parks–provides critical habitat for a myriad of wildlife species, including black bear, coyote, and many migratory songbirds. (Note: rattlesnake habitat; please exercise caution and do not hike alone). Bear Creek Preserve adjoins another large tract of private, conserved land, forming a conservation area of more than 6,400 acres. This preserve is owned and maintained by the non-profit organization, Natural Lands Trust.