Keystone’s picturesque 170-acre Woodlands Campus with the south branch of the Tunkhannock Creek and Ackerly Creek running through the heart of it all, features roughly 7 miles of hiking trails.
Thousands of people have hiked the trails to experience nature at is finest, and have enjoyed wonderful opportunities for fishing, photography, and simply relaxing. Students and visitors can also take in the view at a scenic overlook, and cross the Nokomis Suspension Bridge.
The trails are open seven days a week from dawn until dusk, and are reserved for foot traffic only. Bikes, ATVs, and horses are strictly prohibited.
The Woodlands Campus was first established in 1965 as part of a land agreement with the Seamans family and has been an integral part of the Keystone campus and an invaluable asset to the local community ever since. Over the years, thousands of people have hiked the trails to experience nature at is finest, and have enjoyed wonderful opportunities for fishing, photography, and simply relaxing.
In 1976, the first hiking trail was built by the Keystone Science Club and maintained by the club for years. In 1986, the scenic 135-foot suspension bridge behind the Miller Library was built and the suspension bridge near Bailey Field was constructed in 1987.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s additional trails were developed, thanks to the hard work by Professor Jennings and others to secure a variety of important funding grants. Since then, the trails have been constantly maintained and improved because of the diligent work of Professor Jennings and many Keystone students. Now, those areas will be preserved as a valuable natural and recreational resource and members of the Keystone community and public will have the chance to contribute to their upkeep as a fitting testament to the dedicated professor who made it possible.