Kurmes Paradise Creek Nature Preserve

(2 Access Points)

335 Devils Hole Road

Cresco, PA 18326

Trailhead coordinates: 41.13824, -75.32989


289 Phoebe Snow Road 

Mount Pocono, PA 18344

Trailhead coordinates: 41.128723, -75.331620

Location & Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/7WycSXHsQM62 Devil's Hole Road

Location & Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/odtNKqpASG32 Phoebe Snow Road

History & Ecology

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 below. 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.

Size: 400 acres

Suggested Activities:  

   • Hiking • Fishing • Hunting*

* Hunting Regulations on Kurmes 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 info@phlt.org.

Trail Map

(Trail network indicated by white and orange lines)