Sevens Pines, Ice Lake Hike

Brodhead Watershed Association offers a walking tour of two connected public lands with naturalist and educator Darryl Speicher at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.  Hike goes “drizzle or shine.” Free event, but registration is required and limited to 20 participants. REGISTER HEREDeadline to register is noon Thursday, Jan. 13. Directions will be provided to registrants. Trails link the ballfields of Seven Pines with walking paths and Ice Lake. The protected land also connects to Game Lands 221. The complex straddles the boundary between Barrett and Paradise townships, and the parking areas are right off Route 390. There is more to these popular spots than meets the eye, says Speicher. “You can often see evidence of game birds like pheasant and grouse and mammals like fox, coyote, deer and bear. In spring, this is a great place to listen for bullfrogs and green frogs,” he said.  A large white oak, estimated at 250 years old, dominates one section of the path. A low, 6-foot-wide stone wall suggests that the area was once farmed. The land of Seven Pines and Ice Lake was purchased by the people of Barrett and Paradise townships to provide outdoor recreation and to protect Hardytown Run, which flows through the property. Waters of the creek flow into Cranberry Creek, to the Paradise and Brodhead creeks, eventually reaching the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean. Though the trails are considered “easy,” sections have many roots and rocks, and there is one steep section. A walking stick is recommended. To read more about Ice Lake, click here.