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Sunday walks will explore Penn’s Woods in North Huntingdon

October 6, 2018

Surrounded by fall colors, a woman and child hike along a trail at Sewickley Heights Borough Park on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.

Organized walks are planned Sunday in North Huntingdon and Sewickley Heights Borough, Allegheny County, as part of the second-annual statewide Walk In Penn’s Woods program.

Neither walk is wheelchair- or stroller-friendly.

The Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association is sponsoring the North Huntingdon walk, which is slated for 1 to 3 p.m. at the Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve, 13260 Ardara Road. Parking will be on Ardara Road. Managed by the Westmoreland Land Trust, the 59-acre preserve features a waterfall.

Participants should note that pets aren’t permitted on the 1.75-mile “woodland ramble.”

People-friendly pets on leashes are allowed to join in the Sewickley Heights walk, set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the borough park on Hallaway Road. Owners should be prepared to clean up after their pets and to meet other dogs and horses during the walk.

The walk will cover two miles at a moderate pace over somewhat rocky terrain, with participants potentially encountering exposed tree roots and mud.

The guided walks are meant to showcase the diverse values and uses of Pennsylvania’s forest resources.

More than a thousand people took part in 64 walks held in 46 counties during last year’s inaugural event. This year’s total has increased to at least 68 walks in 48 counties.

Visit sites.psu.edu/walkinpennswoods for a listing of walks planned in other counties.

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