Secret Hiking Spot: Council Cup
Not many students at Bloomsburg University are aware of the beautiful sight seeing spots located within 25 minutes from campus. A fair amount of students have probably traveled to Rickett’s Glen State Park during their time atBloom. Or maybe they have even been to Centralia, the scarcely populated town about 30 minutes from campus. But have you ever been to Council Cup? Many students probably have never even heard of it. It is a secret treasure hidden in a little unknown town just a short drive from the University.
Council Cup is located in Wapwallopen, Pa. If you’re not familiar with the area, it is towards Berwick. The drive to the overlook at Council Cup is gorgeous; especially during fall when the leaves change because it mainly consists of back roads and small towns.
When you first arrive at Council Cup it is basically just a parking lot. There are some trails in the woods you can take to get to the overlook if you prefer to be immersed in nature. Or, you can take a wider trail that cuts through the power-line trail, and then puts you back into the woods. It takes about 5-10 minutes to get from the parking lot to the overlook itself; a very small price to pay for the beautiful scenery you will see. There is a fenced in area with benches and a picnic table that is perfect for those who have a fear of heights, yet want to enjoy the view. For those who are a little more daring there is a narrow path somewhat hidden that will take you to the ultimate spot. No fence, no barriers, just you and the cliffs.
Sophomore and Wapwallopen native Kerry Boehert has been going to Council Cup since she was a young girl.
“It’s a really nice view and you don’t even have to hike up a mountain to see it,” she said.
From this spot you overlook the Susquehanna River and see 30 miles of Pennsylvania. The Berwick Power Plant is also in view off to the right. The prime time to come to this location is during sunset, as it offers the most breathtaking view in the area. Many people like to bring friends or take their significant other here on a date.
“When I think of Council Cup I think of watching the sunset, the power plant and trying to figure out my life,” said Boehert.
Directions: From Interstate 80, take exit 256 to PA Route 93 North. Follow Route 93 to PA Route 239 North. Stay on Route 239 into Wapwallopen. In Wapwallopen make a right on West County Road. Just down West County Road on the left will be Council Cup Road. Council Cup Scenic Overlook will be on your left. Directions frompaonthego.com
If you would like to get an idea of what council cup is like before you make the trip, check out this video!