Summer is here and between coronavirus fears canceling a lot of summer vacations and three months of staying at home, you may be feeling pretty tired of the same old scenery.

Luckily, the region has a ton of trails to explore, no matter your fitness level. Check out these three hidden gems, all just a short drive from home. And, as an added bonus, all are dog-friendly so you don’t have to leave Fido behind.

Dunmore Reservoir No. 1

You are probably familiar with Lake Scranton’s walking path, but have you checked out Pennsylvania American Water’s more wild cousin? The 1.5 mile walking path just off of I-84 and Route 6 offers amazing views, shady trails and even some picnic areas. It’s rarely crowded, but bring a sturdy pair of hiking boots because it can get muddy.

How to get there: Take 81 to I-380/I-84 E to the Tigue Street exit. Turn right onto Drinker Street and park near the dam.

Don’t miss: The Little Roaring Brook crossing, where you hop across stepping stones to reach the other side of the shallow creek.

Gardner Spencer Preserve

Owned by Countryside Conservancy, this 82-acre property features beautiful stone walls, towering trees and, if you visit at the right time of year, plenty of bright orange juvenile {span}eastern newts. The property in Dalton, which links Lackawanna State Park and the Ziegler Preserve, offers plenty of trails that hikers and mountain bikers share.{/span}

{span}How to get there: Take I-81 to the East Benton exit. Turn left onto Route 428 West. Park at the Ziegler Preserve Trailhead, about a mile east of the Route 407 intersection.{/span}

{span}Don’t miss: The Pine Tunnel, a picturesque path through old growth evergreens. {/span}

{span}Hickory Run State Park{/span}{span}This 15,990-acre park in nearby Carbon County features more than 40 miles of trails, three natural areas, world-class trout fishing and lake you can swim in. There’s plenty of picnic areas and even campgrounds for tents and trailers. Hiking highlights include the{/span} rhododendron thickets that lead to a 25-foot waterfall along Hawk Falls Trail.

{span}How to get there: From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 95 and drive west on Route 940 for 2.5 miles, then turn east on Route 534 for about 7 miles.{/span}

{span}Don’t miss: The Boulder Field, a{/span} 400-foot by 1,800-foot field filled with large stones that has remained relatively unchanged for thousands of years.

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