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McDade Trail - Bushkill Village - Bushkill, PA

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
In the past, Bushkill Meeting Center was a visitor center for the park. Today, it is used for conferences and various meetings. – National Park Service

Visitors heading south from this point will pass an old road that used to accommodate travelers coming from a ferry crossing on the Delaware River. This section is also home to some houses and barns from the 1850's, including Schoonover Mountain House. The area has rolling hills but also passes through a fen, or marsh, at Van Auken Barn.

Visitors heading north will get views of the Bushkill Creek. They will pass through the property of a highly regarded establishment from the area known as Peters House. Opened in 1812, it had accommodated guests through six generations of innkeepers. This section of trail continues through farmland and floodplains with the Delaware River proximally to the east.

The trail is typically busier in the summertime and on weekends . It does accommodate cross-country skiers for winter use as well.

For more on the history of this section of trail read: History Along the McDade Trail II: Hogback to Hornbecks

Accessibility Notes

Heading north from Bushkill Village the trail is flatter.

South of Bushkill Village it is hillier.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are permitted on a leash 6-feet or less.

Trail Distance

31 miles

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