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Address: 2951 Prospect Road Slippery Rock, PA 16057-5023
Park Manager: Wilbur Taylor
Contact Info: 724-794-6011
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Park Description

Jennings offers a full range of educational programs. A unique attraction at the center is its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the pairie is in full bloom.

Things To Do ( 5 Available)

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    Cross Country Skiing

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    Trails

    • Prairie Loop Trail
      Easiest 0.28 miles
      The interprtive signs continue on this short loop trail that can be accessed from Blazing Star Trail. This trail is recommended for viewing wildflowers in the summer and fall and for cross-country skiing in the winter.
    • Ridge Trail
      More Difficult 0.34 miles
      This rough, wooded trail passes through the only area open to hunting in the park and can be an interesting extension to Black Cherry Trail. The steep ridge that this trail follows is actually a laterqal moraine left over from the last glacial advance 14,000 years ago.
    • Deer Trail
      Easiest 0.39 miles
      Accessed by following Blazing Star Trail for .22 miles, this short, flat loop trail travels through thick, brushy habitat. Deer can often be seen from this trail. The trail passes by a demonstration deer exclosure.
    • Oakwoods Trail
      Easiest 1.09 miles
      At 1.20 miles, this is the longest trail at Jennings and covers varying terrain and several different types of habitat. It can be accesse from Deer Trail or Massasauga Trail. Unique to this trail are several man-made pits. It is believed that the pits were excavated in the 19th century for ore bearing clay, which was taken to local iron furnaces.
    • North Country Trail
      More Difficult 6.24 miles
      This National Scenic Trail passes through the park and utilizes a number of the woodland trails including, Glacier Ridge Trail, Ridge Trail, and Black Cherry Trail. The North Country National Scenic Trail system is identified by blue blazes. This unique trail system will eventually link North Dakota to New York traveling through seven states for a distance of over 3,200 miles. More info is available at the office.
    • Connector
      Easiest 0.04 miles
      This short connecting trail leads from Woodwhisper Trail to a gazeebo overlooking a constructed wetland system that is passivly treating abandoned mine drainage. Interpretive exhibts located in the gazeebo provide additional information about wetlands and abandoned mine drainage.
    • Woodwhisper Trail
      Easiest 0.19 miles
      Popular with people with strollers and those with a disability, this paved, flat, loop trail travels through an upland, mixed harwood forest.
    • Black Cherry Trail
      Easiest 0.10 miles
      This loop trail travels through both upland and bottomland habitat and is popular for spring wildflowers, ferns and birding. The trail follows Big Run,a small stream that flows through the park, for .12 miles.
    • Massasauga Trail
      Easiest 0.39 miles
      Starting in the prarie but soon entering a mixed hardwood forest of predominately oak and hickory, this trail provides an excellent opportunity to view squirrel activity. The dry forest soon drops into the damp, scenic Big Run Valley for a short time before rising again to meet Deer Trail.
    • Hepatica Trail
      Easiest 0.29 miles
      Spring wildlfowers, such as the fragile hepatica, can be seen along this connecting trail that links Oakwoods Trail to Glacier Ridge Trail.
    • Glacier Ridge Trail
      More Difficult 0.35 miles
      This trail extends 14 miles from the western end of Moraine State Park to Jennings Environmental Education Center. The trail intersects and becomes part of the North Country National Scenic Trial System on the south side of route 528 where it winds through forests, crosses streams and offers scenic views of Lake Arthur. Glacier Ridge trail can be accessed at many points, such as PA 528, Mount Union Road(TR10050), Bike Rental Building, and McDanel's Launch Area. The Link Road Overnight Shelter is available to backpackers by reservation only. Contact the park office for backpacking information.
    • Old Elm Trail
      Easiest 0.22 miles
      Starting west of the center and looping back to it, this trail passes through an area of the park once dominated by large elm trees. Most succumbed to Dutch elm disease in the 1930's, leaving nothing but rotting logs behind.
    • Old Field Trail
      Easiest 0.17 miles
      A connecting trail which links Deer Trail to Oakwoods Trail, Old Field Trail passes through an area dominated by hawthorns and other small shrubs. This is evidence that the area was a farm field many years ago.
    • Blazing Star Trail
      Easiest 0.22 miles
      Named for the beautiful wildflower that turns the prarie purple in late July and early August, this self-guiding interpretive trail travels throught the middle of the prairie. Follow the interpretive signs and discover how the prarie was formed and why it is unique.
    • North Country/Ridge Trail
      More Difficult 0.32 miles
      This National Scenic Trail passes through the park and utilizes a number of the woodland trails including, Glacier Ridge Trail, Ridge Trail, and Black Cherry Trail. The North Country National Scenic Trail system is identified by blue blazes. This unique trail system will eventually link North Dakota to New York traveling through seven states for a distance of over 3,200 miles. More info is available at the office.
    • Black Cherry/ Ridge Trail
      Easiest 0.09 miles
      This loop trail travels through both upland and bottomland habitat and is popular for spring wildflowers, ferns and birding. The trail follows Big Run,a small stream that flows through the park, for .12 miles.
    • North Country Trail/ Black Cherry
      More Difficult 0.26 miles
      This National Scenic Trail passes through the park and utilizes a number of the woodland trails including, Glacier Ridge Trail, Ridge Trail, and Black Cherry Trail. The North Country National Scenic Trail system is identified by blue blazes. This unique trail system will eventually link North Dakota to New York traveling through seven states for a distance of over 3,200 miles. More info is available at the office.
    • Old Mill Trail
      Easiest 0.10 miles
      Accessed by following Woodwhisper Trail for .04 miles, this trail connects the center office to Black Cherry Trail and passes by the remians of a 19th century saw mill.

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