Top Ten Natural Features in Stony Valley & Surrounds
No. 8 - American Holly Grove

American Holly, an evergreen commonly found in Christmas decorations, is native to the Eastern United States stretching from Massachusettes to Florida. American Holly can find a perfect home in Stony Valley's poor soils, as the tree is tolerant of both dry and poorly drained areas.

Once believed to be the largest stand in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the American Holly Grove near Yellow Spring and further east in Rausch Gap, attracted visitors from Pine Grove in the 19th century, who once rode the train to collect holly boughs to decorate their homes for the holiday season.

DIRECTIONS: From I-81, take exit 85B toward Fort Indiantown Gap, then merge onto Fisher Ave. Travel 0.5 miles and turn left onto Asher Miner Road. Continue 2.2 miles on Asher Miner Road until it becomes Moonshine Road / PA-443. Continue 1.3 miles and follow signs to Second Mountain Hawk Watch. Cold Spring Road will become dirt before reaching the crest of the mountain. Instead of turning right at the mountain's crest, continue north one mile down into Stony Valley and the Cold Spring Parking Lot.

Please be advised that Cold Spring Road is closed from November 31 to March 31 each year due to not having winter maintainance. The road is an unmaintained dirt road into the valley, so high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles are suggested.

Park and walk through the gate. Continue straight when you see a stone wall. The Lower Wagon Road will twist and turn for approximately 2 miles west towards Yellow Spring, before becoming a trail. When it becomes a trail start looking for American Holly Trees as the trail makes it way through a boulder field to the south of the Stony Valley Rail-Trail. The Lower Wagon Road trail will join with the rail-trail, from which the holly can also be seen.

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