Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel

#4 of 11 in Wildlife in Pocono Mountains Region
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Lacawac is a historic estate located in Paupack Township and Salem Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1903, as a summer estate of Congressman William Connell (1827-1909). Six of the eight buildings remain. They are the main house, barn, spring house, pump house, Coachman's Cabin, and ice house. The buildings are in a Adirondack Great Camp style. The main house is a -story frame dwelling with a cross gable roof. It features two-story porches and the interior is paneled in southern yellow pine.
In 1966, the property was deeded to a non-profit organization and subsequently used as a nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Lake Lacawac was listed as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.
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  • This place is perfect for a day of exploring and learning. Nice variety of trails and plenty to see and do. Environmental education and historical sites.  more »
  • Living in the area, we had never taken advantage of this lovely spot. We decided to go and check it out. The next several hours were super. We walked a number of the trails and saw birds and other....  more »
  • Sanctuary is an understatement this place is simply a little slice of heaven on Earth with incredible knowledge at your fingertips. If you've got kids I highly recommend visiting for the day. They have a unique kids play area next to the main center. I spent 4hrs exploring & only seen a small portion!
  • Not only is Lacawac beautiful but the educational offerings are exceptional. We attended a well presented lecture on lake algae and made contact with area people responsible for testing. It was all very worthwhile.
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