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Forest Pools Preserve

500 Kings Gap Raod,
Carlisle, PA 17015

This 70-acre natural area adjacent to Kings Gap Environmental and Education Center is a demonstration site that focuses on the restoration of vernal pools. Visitors can view the following species: wood frogs; spotted, Jefferson, and marbled salamanders; red-spotted newts; spring peepers; American toads; Fowler's toads; and fairy shrimp, an unusual crustacean species. Rare plants, such as the pink ladies slipper, can also be spotted. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the projects. Kiosks are posted at each site to explain the type of technique used to restore the pool. 

Visitors can park at the Pine Plantation parking lot at the entrance to Kings Gap and walk across the road to enter the Forest Pools Preserve. Click here to see the trail map and kiosk locations.

Things to Do
  • Parking: Parking Lot
Land Recreation
  • Any Length Trail:
  • Environmental Education:
  • Hiking Trails:
  • In Kings Gap State Park:
  • Interpretative Signage: