JAMESTOWN Once the property and playground of the rich, the Newbold Estate near Irvine, Pa., is now a designated recreation area of the Allegheny National Forest. Located at the junction of the Allegheny River and Brokenstraw Creek, its extensive, easy-to-hike trails are filled with ancient mossy trees and abundant wildflowers.
The Jamestown and Presque Isle Audubon Societies are teaming up to lead a trip to the Newbold Estate on Saturday. The walk will be co-hosted by Jeff Tome of Jamestown Audubon and Lee Ann Reiners of Presque Isle Audubon.
Anyone interested in participating can meet at the estate at 10 a.m. for a hike of about an hour and a half. To add a more challenging afternoon hike, bring a lunch and plan to venture into the neighboring old growth forest of the state-owned Anders Run Natural Area, where additional varieties of wildflowers can be seen.
Virginia Bluebells are one of the early spring wildflowers that can be found at the Newbold Estate, the destination of the Jamestown and Presque Isle Audubon Societies’ wildflowers field trip.
To get to the Newbold Estate, from Warren take Route 6 West to Route 62 South. Once off the exit, take the second right towards Irvine. Turn left at the Y and drive past the sign for Ander's Run. Go around the corner and down the hill to park near the stone cottage.
The fee is $5 for Audubon members and $7 for non-members.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.