An Eagle Scout upgrades the trail in Penn Lyle Preserve

You may spot this new kiosk when you’re on Penn Lyle Road roughly opposite Colonial Avenue and not too far from Arnold Drive.

It’s on a piece of formerly farmed fields that over the past 20 years have turned to grass, then to predominately sweet gum saplings, and now to a forest with a mix of deciduous trees. Local nature lovers created a set of trails over the years, and now Michael Mancuso has added markers and a beautiful kiosk with a terrific map for his Eagle Scout project. 

Though the primary loop is only about a half-mile, the heavily used preserve serves as a wonderful connection to the Sunrise development on Ward Avenue as well as Arnold Drive and Indian Run Road, Birchwood Estates, and the Little League fields. 

The Eagle Scout display tells more of the story: 

“Penn Lyle Preserve – naturally wonderful to walk through and hike, filled with beautiful natural features, including vernal pools, and adjacent sunny open clearing, and lush woodland. With newly cleared, marked, and mapped trails, this almost perfect half-mile loop is a great way to take a breath from busy life and get in touch with nature. At sunset hours, light shines through the clearing and into the woods, turning the forest gold.”

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