Visitor Activities

Trails in Winter
  • Hunting

    Public hunting is permitted on 270 acres during specific times of the year. Hunting is a wildlife management tool used to control some animal populations and is also a Congressionally mandated priority public use. The hunting program is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). 

    Hunting Permit Information:
    All hunters must obtain a Refuge Hunting Permit prior to scouting or hunting and review all refuge hunting regulations and maps. 

    Hunt permits will be administered through a lottery drawing due to the limited number of permits available. There is a $5.00 processing fee for each lottery application. If selected, there is no additional fee to purchase your permit. 

    Five (5) permits available for Aquashicola tract (Moreton property) and nine (9) permits for Headwaters tract (next to Sorrenti Winery). Permits are tract-specific

    The refuge offers the following hunting permits for Aquashicola and Headwaters tracts:
    • Deer, wild turkey, small game, and bear - $25.00 each.
    • Combination permits include all game. Valid April 1 through March 31. - $95.00

    Discounted permits for qualifying hunters include:

    • Youth Hunting Permits (16 years of age and under) – Free (no processing fee)
    • Disabled Hunting Permits – hunters must possess an Interagency Federal Access Pass or Permit to Hunt or Shoot from a Stationary Vehicle - $12.50 single permit; $47.50 combination permit
    • Senior Hunting Permit – hunters must possess an Interagency Federal Senior Pass - $12.50 single permit; $47.50 combination permit.

    Submit for your Refuge Hunting Permit(s) here.  Please review all regulations and maps on the hunt permit website before applying for your permit! 

  • Hiking, Cross Country Skiing

    The Cherry Valley Ridge Trail travels 3.2 miles through upland oak/pine forests and open fields along the Kittatinny Ridge.   A kiosk at the trailhead provides general information and orientation. An observation/photography blind is located along the trail.

    Directions to trailhead: Take Route 80 to exit 304 (US-209S) and continue onto US-33S. Take the Saylorsburg exit. Make a left onto State Route 115/3017. Make your first left onto Lower Cherry Valley Road, and turn right at the parking lot immediately after the 33 underpass. Turn right onto the gravel road and follow it through the gate (open only during visiting hours) to the parking lot.

    Those choosing to navigate by GPS should use the address of the adjacent Sorrenti Winery at 130 Lower Cherry Valley Road, Saylorsburg, PA.  

    There are also two trails at the former golf course site utilizing the old golf cart paths. The Front Nine Trail is a paved trail that travels 1.7 miles through what will become diverse wetland habitat on the eastern portion and warm season grass fields on the western side. 

    The Back Nine Trail is also paved and winds another 1.7 miles over rolling hills that were seeded with a shrub mix that will eventually become dense shrubby thickets with some forest patches. 

    Click here for trail map.

    To access this site take exit 310 from Rt. 80 to Rt. 611 North. After about ¾ of a mile, turn left onto Greenbriar Road. At the stop sign, turn right onto Cherry Valley Road then left onto Croasdale Road which is the entrance road to the refuge. The address is 2138 Croasdale Road, Stroudsburg, Pa. 

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Mammals, migratory and resident breeding birds may be seen at various times of the year among the refuge’s upland habitats. An observation blind is located along the trail to facilitate wildlife viewing.

  • Interpretation

    The Friends of Cherry Valley host an annual Cherry Valley Day to celebrate the valley’s resources and rich history. Information on the refuge and its resources is available at the trailhead kiosk and on the web site.