Taking a walk through quiet, snow covered woods is one of my favorite ways to clear my mind. So, I thought I would write about a few of my favorite places to walk through the woods after a snowfall.
Peace Valley Park is one such place. Every time I go there, I am still finding new paths and places to explore. At the nature center, there is a parking lot that leads into a maze of woods and trees, where picture perfect winter scene comes to life. I especially enjoy walking along the trails next to the water.
Speaking of trails along the water - Neshaminy State Park has a great trail that follows along the river. You can cut in and out of the woods and end up along the shore of the Delaware, or veer further into the woods. The best part about this trail is that in the winter, about an hour and a half before sunset, the sun shines almost directly ahead much of the trail, which illuminates the trees in a spectacular way. The combination of drifting snow, dazzling sunlight and the sound of swaying trees can make you feel at one with nature.
Core Creek Park also has a lot of woods to venture through, and is also one of the parks I visit most in the area. While I enjoy most of the park, my favorite trails are tucked deep in the woods behind the Park Office Building. If you park at the entrance across from Maple Point, you have easier access to the woods. You can follow the trail all the way around to the other side of the park. These woods are a little dense compared to the others, as well as little more difficult to navigate through, but definitely worth it. The sound of the flowing streams along the way add an extra level of calm to an already beautiful place.
This is only my personal list, but Bucks County has an abundance of nature. The best trails are the least traveled. You never know what you'll find around the corner.