You seem to know quite a bit about this place. and even the under water obstruction's. Is there really a Trail that crosses that body of water? Serious , I am not being a arse, but If there is a trail I almost feel bad. It looks like there are many trails there. trails like that were not built over night by one person, Is that some what of a local hang out? for real. Were the Accused out of townie's that just did not know the depth of what you stated was a trail crossing. I have crossed Many of body of water on legal grounds. And guess that means trail are only legal when I have to Pay someone. Crap, don't get me started.
I know, Keep it legal or go home,
But please tell me more about this place. Honestly
Yes there is a trail that crosses the spillway but an obstruction was placed on it several years ago. Right as you try to climb up a stone ramp onto the breast of the dam. It is mentioned in the story as causing the first Jeep to turn back. When he backed up it looks like he backed toward the deeper side not the spillway shallows. That is unless he backed right in to the real deep spots and his location in the photos is where the second Jeep yanked him to before conking out.
That is right many trails. None that should be ridden motorized unfortunately. They are still popular of course but mostly by schmucks or the occasional local hunter who has done so for decades. The Schuylkill County Municipal Authority owns that side of the Burma for the most part. Trails that you can see on a Google Map will be some smaller old stagecoach roads/cobblestone, logging trails, hunting access, power lines, watershed access, defunct rail lines and coal access. Even some nice old foot trails can be found. There is a way to look at who owns what at Schuylkill Parcel Locator
A local hang out? I don't know but it seems that traffic persists there for years despite Gamelands or Heritage Corridor status in a few areas. I gave up Jeep rides around local watersheds.
They had local addresses in the paper. Seems like they may have over-commited, got in a jam and actually did the right thing by dialing up for help.
Maybe not as experienced at these type situations as some. Big mistake = consequences.
I am familiar with the trails from many years ago. Some would say the popularity of off-roading in our area has ruined it for locals over the years, I tend to agree. At the same time we have ready access to R Anth., Rausch and some
unimproved roads that can still be had legally. The trailers of quads keep coming though and it is sure to persist.
That specific body of water is Wolf Creek Reservoir, fed by a pristine swamp above and hosting waterfalls below. There are many watersheds in the Anthracite Coal Region. Kind of like oasis's amongst the strip mines, waste piles, landfills, polluted waterways, power plants, windmills and prisons. This dam is one of the largest. If you look at an aerial you can see the height of dry side of the breast and picture the water side, just as deep and stone wall all the way down. Really nice spot.