We’re on the road this week in the Endless Mountain region of North Eastern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is home to millions of acres of unspoiled forests. Forests that are great for hiking, kayaking, fishing and outdoor activities a great place to do that is Salt Spring Park.
The park encompasses 842 of the most beautiful acres in Susquehanna County. The state owns 405 of them and the other 437 are operated by The Friends of Salt Springs Park.
“We have about 14 or 15 miles of hiking trails,2 miles of water way where you can fish, we have hunting fishing, we have camping, we have both campground and cabins and picnicking,” said Stephen Sperro president of the Friends of Salt Springs Park. “And it’s a good place to get out and enjoy nature as it was.”
Some focal points of the park are the towering old growth hemlock trees, many estimated to be over 300 years old and the rocky gorge cut by Fall Brook with it’s three waterfalls. There are programs and events all-year round at the park.
“Throughout the summer we have a hiking series a children’s’ gardening series, where children come out and get to actually hands on activities,” said Debra Adleman, administrator to Friends of Salt Springs Park. ”Every July 3rd at 7pm in our old threshing barn pavilion we have a free music concert (with) local musicians featuring patriotic music.”
Admission to Salt Spring Park is free and they have events going on all year round for a full listing of events click here: http://www.friendsofsaltspringspark.org/html/calendar.html
We’re on the road in the Endless Mountain Region of Northeaster Pennsylvania, our next stop would make even Willy Wonka Jealous. We’re at Chocolates by Leopold in Montrose. Let’s see if we can get Leo to give up some of his secrets.
Leopold has been making chocolates for over 52 years. He comes up with new flavors using local ingredients like his wine truffles with local wines, caramels with stouts from local breweries, and even espresso chocolates with local espresso.
“That’s what we like to do is keep things as local as we possibly can because you know a lot of these businesses just like us are small businesses and we like to compliment each other,” said Leopold Schrieber, master chocolatier at Chocolates by Leopold.
You can take a tour of the factory which takes about 45 minutes and actually watch as Leo makes some delicious treats.
“Everyone always has a good time on the tours and of course the best part is when they taste the stuff that we just made because actually it never tastes as good as when it is just made,” Schrieber said.
You don’t have to have a golden ticket to visit the chocolate factory, but you do need to make reservations and bring five of your friends. http://www.chocolatesbyleopold.com/
The Old Mill Village Museum which was founded 50 years ago to preserve the areas rich heritage.
The museum offers visitors a vision of the past and features displays of old farm tools, medical equipment, dresses and even a hearse.
“It’s just a museum where kids can see what it was like back in the 1800’s,” Wayne Frederici, Old Mill Village building maintenance supervisor said.
The Old Mill Village also showcases the one-room Grove school which was built in 1858. The Old Mill Village has many events planned and will have a float in the Fourth of July Parade in Montrose. Montrose is a great place to enjoy Fourth of July activities.
“On July 4th in Montrose we have a whole range of things to do for the family,” said Ed DeWitt, executive committee member of the 4th of July Activities. “The big event of the day is our patriotic parade that starts at 11 o’clock. In addition to the parade we have arts and craft exhibitors. We cap the day off with a gigantic fireworks display.”
In the village green in Montrose Pennsylvania is a civil war monument thought to be the first ever of it’s kind made in the United States. It was dedicated on July 4th 1877. Now this July 4th a lot of activities are going to take place in the village green and for a full list you click here: www.pennsylvania-mountains-of-attractions.com/montrose-pennsylvania-4th-of-july-events.html