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Walk the Wallenpaupack Creek

Walkers can get an up-close look at the 3.5-mile-long flow line that transports water from Lake Wallenpaupack to the Pennsylvania Power and Light hydroelectric plant. The 14-foot-wide pipe was originally built of Douglas fir that was replaced with steel in the 1950s. It is held in place by gravity and the weight of the water and steel, which allows it to expand and contract with varying weather conditions.


May 10, 2012

HAWLEY, PA — The Wallenpaupack Creek Trail (WCT) in Hawley highlights the history of the hydroelectric project constructed in the early 1920s and managed by Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) today. Interpretive panels along the footpath highlight the history of the lake and dam.

The public can enjoy an easy hike along the same path where the Wallenpaupack Creek meandered before the dam was built. The WTC connects to the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail, which allows hikers to extend their walk another mile and enjoy expansive views of the popular lake. The trails are mostly a combination of stone, mulch and dirt pathways.

The WTC begins at PPL’s Environmental Learning Center near the Wallenpaupack Area High School just off Route 6 in Hawley. The trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Animals and vehicles are prohibited.