By: Paige Edwards
As the school year winds down and is coming to an end, we look forward to warm summer days. Some great ways to get out and enjoy those warm days are hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. Lucky for the students of Eisenhower, we have some great places to do all those things located right here in good old Warren County. The Squire interviewed Eisenhower English teacher and outdoor lover, Ms. Howe, so you can be prepared for all your outdoor adventures this summer season.
Hiking is a great way to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Due to us living so close to the Allegheny National Forest, we have some great local trails just a short drive away. Howe mentioned that her favorite hiking trail is at Morrison in the Allegheny National Forest, “The Mountain Laurels are really beautiful when they are blooming in the springtime.” When asked about a good trail for beginners who are just starting out to hike she replied, “There is a great hike that can be done between Kinzua beach and Rimrock.” Howe also shared with us some tips on what to bring with you on your hiking adventure, mentioning that she always brings a snack and water bottle, in addition to wearing comfortable hiking boots.
Along with hiking, mountain biking is another way to enjoy the great outdoors. If you are interested in mountain biking this summer, Howe shared that “The trails at Jakes Rocks are a wonderful addition to our outdoor recreation in the Allegheny National Forest.” Whether you are new to mountain biking or not, the trails at Jakes Rocks in Warren, Pa has a trail for everyone. Howe mentioned, “If you’d like to know which trail is the best fit for you, the Pennsylvania Wilds website has trail maps and lots of helpful information.” (www.pawilds.com/asset/trails-jakes-rocks/)
As well as hiking and mountain biking, Warren County is a great place to kayak. There are many great options for any type of kayaking. One option Howe shared with The Squire is the Allegheny river. “If you want to be on moving water, the Allegheny river is, of course, a great choice,” explained Howe. Another great spot she shared was the Kinzua Reservoir, “If you’d like to paddle around on more of a lake setting.” So, if you’re looking for more of a workout, the Kinzua Reservoir might be the place for you!
Getting outside this summer is important. The sun carries a key nutrient, Vitamin D, which can improve your mood, and even help you sleep better according to www.self.com. So, be sure to give some of these local activities a try. All of us here at The Squire hope you have a great and active summer season!