We’ll do the archery complex first. This level trail has some rocks and roots as it meanders through a pleasant forest in Upper Mount Bethel Township. We’ll view archery target stations as we stroll. Then we’ll cross Lake Minsi Drive to the long-range archery fields and the Boardwalk around Bear Swamp. We’ll stop by at a small pond, and the “nature center,” a 3-sided pavilion. In spring this is a good place to view turtles, frogs, and spring flowers. After we return to our cars, we will drive a quarter mile east to the western parking lot at Minsi Lake. The lake is drained so its dam can be repaired, but wild flowers and other plants cover the lake bed. It’s a lovely place to see great blue herons, butterflies, and other natural wonders. For our third hike, we’ll walk on the dam to the spillway and then retrace our steps to the parking lot.
This walk is appropriate for children of all ages. Dogs on leash are welcome. Sturdy footwear that can get wet is recommended. Several areas of these trails can be mushy depending on recent rain fall. Bring binoculars/camera to capture spring wildlife and plants. Bring bug repellent, sun hat and sun screen. Bathrooms: None.
DIRECTIONS: From US Route 22 go to Rt. 33 North. Travel on Rt. 33 N for 5. 8 miles to the Stockertown/Bangor/Rt. 191 exit. From exit ramp turn right onto Industrial Blvd., turn left and follow Route 191 N (aka Main Street, Bangor Road, Valley View Drive) for 11 miles to crossroad with Lake Minsi Drive. Turn right onto Lake Minsi Drive and travel for 2.1 miles to the sign on right “Bear Swamp Archery Complex.” Park in parking lot. Where: Bear Swamp Park /Archery Complex & Minsi Lake, 1300 Lake Minsi Drive, Bangor PA 18013 Length: 2 or 3 miles, in 1-mile loops Duration: 1.75 hours GPS: GPS: 40.909146, -75.182292