Recreation & Conservation

In 1998, EC completed its Lower Wyoming Valley Open Space Master Plan.  In it, 10,000 of Earth Conservancy’s 16,300 acres were allocated for recreational, green, and conservation spaces.  The aim was to develop a “green infrastructure” that complemented existing features and encouraged future open space projects throughout the greater Wyoming Valley.  The plan proposed

  • 55 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails
  • six parks/heritage centers/recreation areas
  • 6,694 acres of conservation lands
  • 4,258 acres of open space
  • a residential golf community
  • a 37-mile scenic drive through the Wyoming Valley

Over our 20 years, EC has put many of these plans into effect, including the construction of the Mocanaqua Loop Trail System, the Penobscot Ridge Mountain Bike Trail, the Sugar Notch Trail, and the Greater Hanover Area Recreation Park. These projects, along with the thousands of acres we have transferred to the state forest system, have created numerous active and passive recreational opportunities throughout the region.

Recreational Notes

Please be aware, all EC’s recreation and green space areas are intended for non-motorized use only.

Although trash receptacles are provided at trailheads, we ask all park and trail users to practice principles of Leave No Trace to preserve the sites. Some simple practices include traveling on durable surfaces, disposing properly of waste, avoiding disturbance of plants and wildlife, and showing courtesy to fellow park and trail users.  You can learn more about the Leave No Trace mission at www.lnt.org.