East Anthracite Road is a dead-end main access trail through the Eastern Reserve of Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA). This trail is an easy, well-maintained dirt road of mostly graded gravel and hard-packed dirt. Occasional mud holes appear during wet weather, but bypasses exist for anything that might offer a slight challenge. Although this is an easy trail suitable for any vehicle, it offers many unique things to see and photograph.
Beginning at the main parking lot, East Anthracite Road travels past a massive dragline bucket that you can park in. About halfway through the trail, you can visit the Carbaugh Conservation Area, a protected area for a new breed of chestnut tree. This new hybrid is hopefully resilient to blight, a fungal disease that devastated the American chestnut tree and killed over 4 billion trees in the east during the first half of the 20th century. The trail continues east, ending at a private property gate near trail 41. Keep an eye out for Bigfoot. Take a picture of him and show the photo to an employee at the office. They'll give you a special sticker for your efforts.
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