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Grey Towers National Historic Site


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Grey Towers National Historic Site
151 Grey Towers Drive
PO Box 188
Milford, PA 18337

(570) 296-9630

Recreational Activities

Activities available at Grey Towers include:

House and Garden Tours - Guided tours are conducted daily from Memorial Day weekend through early November. Tours are offered on the hour from 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. The fee for tours is Adults- $6, Seniors - $5, Youth 12-17 - $3, Under 12 - free. The grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The guided tour takes the visitor through three rooms of the first floor of the mansion and surrounding gardens. A typical tour takes about 45 to 60 minutes. (Learn more)

The Great Hall.

Forest Trail -This easy-to-hike, ½ mile trail winds its way through the mixed white pine-hemlock stand above the mansion. The trailhead is located at the paved path at the parking lot adjacent to the mansion. As you discover some of the things that make a forest ecosystem special, you can also learn about forest health from interpretive exhibits along the trail. The highlight of the trail is a re-creation of the historic Yale Forestry Summer School, the remains of which are located on private land that still belongs to the Pinchot family. (Learn more)

On the Forest Trail

Bluebird Trail - Visit our nestbox trail to catch a glimpse of these colorful birds and other feathered friends. Learn what Grey Towers and others are doing to help reestablish this threatened species. Spring and summer offer the best opportunity; just take a walk along the deer fence around the perimeter of the estate. (approximately 1/4 mile).

Blue bird

Hike with Smokey - Kids! Check out a Smokey backpack for a fun way to learn about Smokey Bear and forest fires. The backpack is filled with things to do and you even get things to take home. Take it anywhere on the grounds. To check out a pack, visit the Grey Towers Ticket Tower. (Learn more)

Smokey Backpack

Self-Guided Cemetery Tour – Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original graveyard, includes the remains of members of the first three generations of the Pinchot family who first settled in the Milford area in the early 19th century. Located along Old Owego Turnpike on the grounds of the estate, the historic cemetery offers a glimpse into the history of the Milford community. A brochure (1700 Kb PDF file) and an exhibit at the cemetery provide more information.

Pinchot obelisk at Laurel Hill Cemetry

Self-Guided Landscape Tour – Although our regular mansion tour includes the gardens and structures within the historic landscape, you can explore these areas and features on your own using our Self-Guiding Landscape Tour (900 Kb PDF file). Copies also are available to borrow from our staff in the Ticket Tower.

Statue at Grey Towers

Self-Guided The Pinchots and Milford Tour – If you plan to spend time exploring the heart of Milford, be sure you have a copy of The Pinchots and Milford brochure (1300 KB PDF file). The brochure/map is also available from our staff in the Ticket Tower. As you explore downtown Milford, learn how the Pinchot family’s vision and generosity had a huge influence in the town’s early history. Noteworthy structures include the family’s original homestead (currently the county library), the county court house, Forest Hall and Normandy Cottage.

Post card showing Forest Hall

Tree Trail - You can wander, walk, saunter, run, skip or hop through the field along the estate driveway and learn about some of the trees of Grey Towers. Tree ID signs reveal the names and most popular uses of these trees.

Tower Shop - Stop by the Eastern National Forests Interpretive Sales Outlet to purchase a variety of books, post cards, and related conservation items. (Learn More)


Visitor Films – Enrich your visit to Grey Towers by viewing our free, 30-minute film that includes selections of Pinchot family home movies, President Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Grey Towers for its dedication, Dr. Gifford Bryce Pinchot: Memories of His Father, and Gifford Pinchot: America’s First Forester (a re-enactment). Available in the Letter Box.



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