At 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, the Turkey Path was opened to the public for the first time since last Thanksgiving.

This popular out and back hiking trail is on a steep slope that descends 800 feet to the bottom of the gorge where Pine Creek flows and bikers, walkers, hikers and runners can be found on the rail trail. This trail is described as combining “stunning views with several outstanding waterfalls.”

Much of the work was done by the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps, which offers work experience, job training, and environmental educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects on Pennsylvania’s public lands. It is run by the Student Conservation Association and financially supported by DCNR and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Reemployment Program, along with private contributions made through the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.

Closed each November due to ice buildup in the winter months, the Turkey Path normally would have opened this past April. That didn’t happen.

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