The 61.5-acre Rail Gap Nature Preserve, acquired in 2020, contains a section of the Pocono Creek with Class A Wild Trout Waters, clean and cold enough to support naturally-reproducing trout populations. Its forests boast thickets of old growth rhododendron, colonies of spring wildflowers (such as trout lilies and Canada mayflower) and wetland habitats for wood frogs and salamanders, amidst humbling groves of Pennsylvania's state tree, the Eastern Hemlock.

Resting on the Hamilton-Stroud township line just south of Bartonsville, this property features many interesting landmarks, including a path of the old Wilkes-Barre & Eastern (WB&E) Railroad, which transported coal, ice, and passengers between Wilkes-Barre and Stroudsburg from 1893 to the 1930s, as well as an abundance of small marine fossils, dating back approximately 400 million years!

Main parking area: 3555 Shafers Schoolhouse Road
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Secondary parking area: 1529 Brislin Road  Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Walking trails are established near the main parking area on Shafers Schoolhouse Road. 

Suggested activities:

  • Walking/light hiking
  • Fishing (catch & release)
  • Swimming & wading
  • Geocaching
  • Exploring local railroad history

Keep it clean! No trash cans are available on site, so please bring your own bag to carry out any garbage.

Plan your visit

Rail Gap Pocono Creek Nature Preserve