Several weeks ago I spent a few days in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, also just called the Poconos. But the Poconos aren’t really mountains – the Poconos are actually a plateau that was covered by the Wisconsianan glacier about 18,000 years ago. When the glacier melted it left a varied landscape of kettle holes and waterfalls on a plateau now covered by a variety of vegetation from acidic bogs with boreal vegetation, to scrub oak/pitch pine barrens, to oak hickory woodlands, to northern hardwood forests.
The Poconos are best known for resorts and a stock car track, but there are also hunting and fishing clubs and scout camps covering extensive acreage, large tracts of state forest and state game lands and beautiful and fascinating places for the naturalist.
Several of us joined a naturalist I’ve known for a number of years on a short hike along the Poconos’ Leavitt Branch. Leavitt Branch is a beautiful stream, much of which is on a private tract of 5,000 acres that is not open to the general public.
This is a stream known for its trout fishing, but that was not why we were here this day. Our goal was a waterfall created by a combination of the glacier that covered the plateau and the stream now called Levitt Branch. It’s a beautiful waterfall about 55 feet from top to bottom.
Later that day I visited a smaller waterfall further upstream –
Quite some distance downstream is another high waterfall that we didn’t have time to visit. Perhaps on another day I’ll go back to the Poconos, hike down Leavitt Branch and enjoy that waterfall.