Monday, December 24, 2007
A beautiful ride by Joe and Justin on December 17th. Pictured are the trail through the pine forest, the forest road to Marienville, from the bridge over the Salmon creek, a straight stretch of road, and deep in the woods.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The Ranch sits on the #1 trail,at the intersection with Rt. 666, see map above. We are 2 miles east of the Whig Hill General Store and 1/4 mile east of Cougar Bob's Kelletville Tavern. Free weekend for snowmobile storage customers!
The peak of the fall colors occurred on October 27. It was also time for one last ball from the driving range at the Ranch!
Children and adults return to the fun of being a kid at the BCR! Parent supervised camping for thier children in the open field. Hikes in the incredibly green national forest, stone skipping and crawdad fishing in the Tionesta Creek.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The Labor Day weekend was busy at the Black Caddis Ranch. The Kulich's from Akron, Megha, from Bombay, India, The Grumney's from Medina, The Jacobson's from Florida and North Carolina, and a to be named later rock band from OSU visited the ranch. The Grumney family is pictured enjoying a 2 hour ride that started at the Flying W Ranch, which is near The Black Caddis Ranch. The Flying W ride costs $40.00 per person and includes a guided tour of the mountains surrounding the Black Caddis and Flying W Ranches. Young children are welcome, the horses are very gentle.
The view is from the top of one of the hills, looking back at the Black Caddis Ranch along the Tionesta Creek.
The porch at the Black Caddis Ranch is where most guests start and end their day. A hot cup of coffee and muffin starts the day on the porch, enjoying the peacefulness and quite of the mountains. In the evening, after the campfire, the adults usually gather on the porch, for a glass of wine, good conversation and making plans for the days ahead.
The kitchen is an attractive feature of the home. The cabinets were crafted from trees on the premises by the former owner. The kitchen window looks out the back of the home, providing one of the best views into the National Forest that begins at the edge of the property.
The Tionesta Creek in Kelletville PA is perfect for kayaking, tubing and canoes. The water is shallow, after the spring melt, with depths ranging from ankle deep to 4.5 feet for most of the summer. The water clarity is amazing, with fresh water clams and crayfish easy to find in the clear water. An easy put in is located 3 miles up river, with an easy out in front of the Black Caddis Ranch.
The ride is beautiful, with a mild current and no white water, perfect for families with younger children
For the more adventurous, another 6 miles past the Ranch places you at a convenient take out just before the Nebraska Bridge.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
The back of the ranch directly accesses the extensive forest trails of the Allegheny National Forest. The trails vary from the well maintained snowmobile trails to the more challenging mountain trails. A moderate two hour ride from the Black Caddis Ranch loops over 8 miles, intersecting the 97 mile long North Country trail and passing by the Flying W ranch.
The Black Caddis Ranch is Horse and Snowmobile Friendly! There is lots of room to park both truck and trailer, an open pasture, a stream on the property with hay and straw available.
The Black Caddis Ranch is located at 161 E. Rt. 666, 2 miles past the Flying W Ranch, 1/4 mile past Cougar Bobs Kelletville Tavern, on the left side of the road. The phone number is 330-283-0952. Ken or Peggy Butler will answer your questions.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
The Flying W Ranch is a neighbor. Their property can be accessed back through trails from the Black Caddis Ranch property or just up Rt. 666, in Kelletville, PA. Peggy took her first ride and it was beautiful. The rate was reasonable, $40.00 for a two hour ride through the mountains. She said it was some of the best trail riding she had ever done!
The back of the property goes back some 800 yards,an open pasture, becoming forest about 400 yards back. Here is a view on an early spring day.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Just a couple pictures of my favorite spots, just a short hike away from the house. A couple in a canoe were the only visitors that drifted by my spots on this beautiful spring day.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Spring in the mountains is about two weeks behind Ohio. The trout are active, one fisherman we talked to today caught his limit yesterday in less than two hours! Some perspective about the pictures. The large stream is the Tionesta Creek, which our property faces. The small stream is a spring fed brook that runs along our property, officially named Lil Minister Creek. We call it Fossil Creek, because almost every rock is full of fossils. The house is pictured from the back, the mountain in front of the house is directly across the Tionesta. A large tree fell, blocking the camp road. No City to call and have them take it away!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The Black Caddis Ranch is located 10 miles from Rte. 62, North of Tionesta, on RTE 666, 1/2 mile east of the local landmark, Cougar Bob's Kelletville Tavern.
On Google maps, enter Black Caddis Ranch, Kelletville, PA, 16353. For Garmin and TomTom: N 41deg., 33.061/ W 079deg., 15.078. Drive times:
From Akron/Canton/Youngstown-2 to 3 hours
From Cleveland- 2.5 hours
From Pittsburgh- 2.25 hours
From Buffalo- 2.5 hours
Popular day trips from the Black Caddis Ranch:
Flying W Ranch for rodeo and horseback riding for all ages- 5 minutes
Lake Tionesta boat ramp- 15 minutes
Allegheny Resevoir- 35 minutes
Seneca Casino at Salamanca NY- 1.25 hours
Holiday Valley- 1.75 hours
Chautauqua Lake and Institute- 1.5 hours
Friday, March 23, 2007
The Black Caddis Ranch is located next to one of the more popular snowmobile routes, within one mile of a local landmark on the trail, Cougar Bob's Kelletville Tavern. Annual or seasonal storage is available in a large barn, right next to the trail , on State Route 666, Kingsley twp, Pennsylvania. Rates are $40.00 per month, 6 month minimum, for a single sled or ski and trailer. $70.00 per month for two sleds or skis on a single trailer. Annual rental, with 24 hour access to your sled or ski, is $400. for single, $700 for two sleds or skis on a single trailer. Call Ken at 330-283-0952 for reservations.
Friday, February 23, 2007
The Black Caddis Ranch was just aquired. The Ranch is within the borders of the Allegheny National Forest. Winter fun includes snowmobiling on miles of trails in the National Forest. Spring will bring lots of trout and hours of flyfishing fun! In the fall it is all about the hunting, for deer, turkey and black bear.
The ranch is 18 miles outside of the town of Tionesta, in Forest County, Pennsylvania, on Rt 666, near the village of Kelletville.