With fall fast approaching, if you haven’t been out in the great Susquehannock State Forest much this year, now is a good time to go.
Temps and humidity are mostly down, the air is fresher, and many of the little flying pests are absent. Something you may want to keep in mind for when the leaves are changing, is a “vista tour.” In one nice loop drive, you can visit eight different vistas.
For example you could begin by driving out Route 44 south toward Cherry Springs. At the top of the hill you will find vista #1, looking down into Long Toe Valley and far beyond.
Then proceed to Cherry Springs, and just before the park turn right onto East Fork Road. Go down that way until you come to Horton Run Road on your left. Go up Horton Road and around to the right at the top of the hill onto McConnell Road. Not far out that way you’ll come to Jamison Run Vista (#2).
From here, backtrack to Horton Road, turn right up the hill just a little, and around the bend you’ll come to what is probably my favorite, the Little Lyman Vista (#3). This one has such an expanse, it’ll take your breath away.
From here, continue on this road which will bring you over to Junction Road. I’m not sure if it has a name but it’s a nice woods drive. Go left on Junction Road and you’ll soon come up to the Boone Run Vista (#4), also a favorite.
Follow Junction Road out to Route 44, take a right and you’ll soon be at the Cherry Springs Vista (#5), which looks down into Wingerter Run and beyond.
Go a couple more miles on Route 44 and you’ll be at the Water Tank Vista (#6), which overlooks the valley where the trains used to take on water. And you may not know this, but the trains used to run under Route 44, and traffic crossed on the Hogback bridge.
Now you need to backtrack to Cherry Springs and take the West Branch Road down the valley until you come to the Lyman Run Road. Turn toward the lake and the park. Just before the lake, turn right onto Rock Run Road. Near the top of the hill you’ll find a vista which overlooks the lake and Lyman Run (#7).
Continue on Rock Run toward Route 6; before beginning the descent you’ll come to Losey Vista (#8).
What does all this have to do with our club and our trail? Well, it lets you see some gorgeous scenery and some of the type of areas the 85-mile STS passes through. What better way to spend a nice fall afternoon?
The next STC meeting will be held at Saulter Park, on Sept. 14. Burgers and dogs will be on the grill at 5 p.m., with the meeting to follow about 6. Come join us; all are welcome.