The 400-acre Kurmes Preserve was acquired in 2005. The preserve is bisected by State Route 940, dividing it into two sections, each with its own parking area and trailhead.

The section north of State Route 940 is accessed from Devils Hole Rd. Here, Tank Creek and Yankee Run, along with some smaller watercourses, form the headwaters of the Paradise Creek. These riparian areas have dense rhododendron and hemlock with other associated deciduous species. The upland area is predominately mixed oak often with a dense understory of mountain laurel.

There are also a number of vernal pools (appearing only for a short time each spring, approximately mid-February through April), which provide important habitat and breeding ground for a variety of frogs, salamanders, and invertebrates. The main vernal pool is located in the center of the orange loop trail indicated on the trail map above. Please be respectful of this fragile ecosystem and do not engage in any activity which might disturb the water or its aquatic lifeforms.

The section of the preserve south of State Route 940 is accessed from Phoebe Snow Road. The habitat in this area is mainly dry upland with mixed oak species.

Main parking area: 335 Devils Hole Rd. Cresco PA 18326
Trailhead coordinates: 41.13824, -75.32989

Secondary parking area: 289 Phoebe Snow Rd. Mount Pocono PA 18344
Trailhead coordinates: 41.128723, -75.331620

Suggested activities:

  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing (catch & release)
  • Hunting*with restrictions
          (See below for details)
Keep it clean! No trash cans are available on site, so please bring your own bag to carry out any garbage.

Plan your visit to Kurmes Nature Preserve

*Hunting Regulations on Kurmes Nature Preserve:

This property is enrolled in the PA Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

During the two-week rifle deer season, Poplar Swamp Club has exclusive right to hunt the Kurmes Preserve.

Public hunting following PA Game Commission hunting regulations is allowed during all other seasons including, but not limited to, muzzleloader and archery.  Bear season is excluded; no bear hunting is allowed.  

For questions, please contact Pocono Heritage Land Trust at 570-424-1514 or

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