The annual driving tour of Stony Valley – through State Game Lands 211 in Dauphin and Lebanon counties – is headlining attracting a few thousand vehicles, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission offers additional tours of other terrains. state game play several Sundays in October.
For October 2021, the commission has scheduled eight more tours – six car tours, one walking tour, and a combination of car and walking tours.
The free tours provide a sampling of the opportunities available on game lands statewide, while showcasing the beneficial wildlife habitat work that takes place on these expanses.
Here is the tour schedule for this year:
Sunday October 3: State Game Lands 290, Perry County, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gaming Commission staff will be on hand to explain points of interest and answer questions during the guided walking tour around the playgrounds more commonly known as Haldeman Island in the Susquehanna River. highlight habitat improvements, nesting structures, and various hunting and trapping opportunities. One mile and two mile routes are planned. All participants will need to park in designated areas along Island Road just off Highways 11 and 15. From there those joining the tour will gather on the mainland side of the bridge to await instructions. There is a very high presence of ticks and mosquitoes on the island, so dress appropriately and bring appropriate shoes for walking.
Sunday October 3: State Game Lands 57, Lucerne and Wyoming Counties, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Game Commission staff will be on hand to explain points of interest, including wildlife habitat improvement projects. Four-wheel-drive vehicles with high clearance are required for the 30-mile self-guided tour, which will take approximately 3 hours. Representatives of the commission and conservation organizations will be on hand to explain the projects and answer questions. The route will begin at the playgrounds parking area on Mountain Springs Road, just off State Road 487.
Sunday October 10: State Game Lands 26, County Bedford, noon to 3 p.m. The driving tour begins on Route 869 near the Bedford / Cambria County line and covers approximately 7 miles. Attendees will have ample opportunity to enjoy historical aspects and habitat improvements carried out by Pennsylvania Game Commission habitat teams in partnership with cooperating organizations.
Sunday October 10: State Game Lands 12, Bradford County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – This tour will highlight habitat improvements, infrastructure improvements and hunting opportunities. The 28-mile self-guided circular car tour will showcase what Wildlife Habitat Commission teams, as well as dedicated volunteers from several conservation organizations, have accomplished on public lands. The visit will last approximately 2 hours. The route will begin at the playground parking lot at the top of Wheelerville Mountain on State Route 154, just south of Canton. Vehicles with good ground clearance are recommended. The tour passes through Sunfish Pond County Park, so a picnic may be the order of the day.
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Sunday October 17: State Game Lands 108, Cambria County, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 7.5-mile one-way self-guided tour by car will highlight the mountainous terrain and early fall foliage on the Allegheny Front. Points of interest along the tour route include a rehabilitated open pit area that has been converted into small game habitat, where the Hunting Commission releases pheasants. The area also serves as a study area for grassland breeding birds, including the Henslow’s Sparrow, a grassland species of special concern. Endangered harriers, hawks and short-eared owls also inhabit the study area. There are also several forestry projects to improve wildlife habitat and herbaceous openings that have been planted to provide food for wildlife along the route. The tour begins on the Playground Access Road 3/10 of a mile north of Frugality along National Highway 53 in White Township. The tour will end on Route 865, near Blandburg in the Township of Reade. Pennsylvania Game Commission staff will be located along the tour route to highlight projects and answer questions.
Sunday October 17: State Game Lands 252, Lycoming and Union Counties, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gaming Commission staff will be at SGL 252 Habitat Crew Building at 2495 Alvira Road, Allenwood to provide a map of the tour route as well as a brochure highlighting stops on the 9 mile course. The stops consist mainly of habitat improvements with a few historic sites in the city and the US Army depot that existed there before the Game Commission acquired the property. All-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, as some areas can get muddy in wet weather.
Sunday October 17: State Game Lands 110, Berks County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour starts at the gate of Mountain Road approximately 8 km west of the district of Hamburg and ends at the gate of Route 183, 6 km north of Strausstown. Game Commission staff will be stationed along the tour route to provide site specific information and answer questions.
Sunday October 17: Stony Valley, State Game Lands 211, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Game Commission staff will be stationed along the tour route to provide site specific information and answer questions.
Sunday October 24: State Game Lands 169, Cumberland County, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The self-guided tour will be a combined car and walking tour that will begin at the State Game Lands 169 Habitat Team Headquarters at 375 Bridgewater Road, Newville. Tour participants will have the opportunity to travel 3.5 miles and walk half a mile to observe various types of habitats, including wetlands, meadows, and forests. The tour will highlight several ongoing projects for American woodcock habitat, restoration of Savanah pines and oaks, and restoration of native grasslands.
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