Our History

MORE THAN a century ago, in 1901, the founders of the Buck Hill Falls community acquired a large tract of Pocono woodland, both as a place they and their families could enjoy and as a legacy for future generations. 

Buck Hill Falls residents are the beneficiaries and stewards of that invaluable legacy that now comprises about 4,600 acres. The property is located between the Pennsylvania State Game Lands and other extensive private and public holdings including Spruce Lake Retreat and Skytop. In a steadily growing Monroe County, these open spaces provide outdoor recreation for surrounding residents and animal corridors and habitat for deer, black bear, turkey, fox and wildcat and many other woodland birds and mammals.

In 1993, as the community’s centennial approached, a number of cottagers saw the need for more active and vigilant efforts to preserve this heritage and established the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation, a tax exempt, non-profit corporation. 

During the first two decades of its existence, the Foundation has successfully completed a number of acquisitions, stewardship, and educational projects.

We look forward to your participation!

What We've Achieved

THE INN SITE: PRESERVING & PROTECTING THE LAND: The Foundation took on restoring the site of the former Inn at Buck Hill Falls to promote the acquisition of open space property consistent with our mission - whether the property itself becomes Open Space, or is used in exchange for easements on other land. Historic stonework, including the amphitheater, stone walls and tunnels, and the East Room fireplace - still stands proudly on the site. The features echo the glory of the past and the promise of future gathering and celebrations at the restored site of the former Inn at Buck Hill Falls.

BASELINE INVENTORY:  A comprehensive natural community’s inventory establishing a “base line” for future projects and programs.

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS:  The purchase of a conservation easement from the Buck Hill Falls Company on the 125 acre Jenkins Woods Preserve which encompasses the Falls, Red Rocks, the Glade and Glen areas and one of the last stands of old growth forest in the Poconos.

 STREAM DESIGNATION: The designation, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, of the Buck Hill Creek as an “exceptional value” stream.

ADELGID CONTROL:  Embarking on a program to control the spread of the “woolly adelgid” beetle that had been devastating our Hemlock forest. The remediation including the injection of over 600 trees and the release of Lady Bird beetles.

FALLS ACCESS RESTORATION & REPAIR: The erection of a new stair tower to access the Lower Falls area and the repair and restoration of the walk way and fencing that reopened the access to the Upper Falls.

SHELTER CONSTRUCTION: The construction of a Lean-to shelter near the intersection of the Ash Road and the Mud Swamp trails to provide a destination for hiking and cross country skiing and allow for overnight camping.

ACQUISITIONS: The successful completion of an almost twenty year effort to re-acquire Chestnut Mt., our largest and most ambitious project undertaken to date. This, combined with the donation, by the Buck Hill Falls Company, of a 400-acre easement on adjacent Spruce Mountain resulted in the creation of an almost 900 acre preserve, permanently protected for posterity.