Cass Township maintains the Heckscherville and Forestville playgrounds for residents’ enjoyment.
The Big Diamond Speedway in the township offers a playground for auto racing enthusiasts. The oval, clay track is three-eighths of a mile long. Racing commences each week between spring and fall.
Visitors experience the industry that created Cass Township and developed the region more than 150 years ago at the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland.
In an electric coal car, they ride 1,800 feet into Mahanoy Mountain where the subterranean temperature remains at 52 degrees and the water drips as it did on the miners. An above-ground railroad excursion is also available.
The attractions are 10 miles from the Cass Township Municipal Building and open from April to October.
America’s oldest brewery offers regular tours where guests of all ages can see caves where the beer fermented in the age before refrigeration. Yuengling is still owned by the family that founded it in 1829 in Pottsville, 6 miles from the Cass Township Municipal Building.
The movement to protect hawks and other raptors from indiscriminant hunting started here in Kempton in 1934. Since then, more than a million hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures have soared past, fascinating bird-watchers and scientists. Hawk Mountain has become a center for research, but also offers hiking, education sessions about the natural world and programs for families throughout the year 23 miles from Cass Township.
The companion parks a few miles apart and 20 miles from Cass Township each offer lakes for swimming, fishing, row-boating, canoeing and kayaking, and miles of hiking trails. Locust Lake also has a campground where guests can park a trailer or pitch a tent by the lake. At Tuscarora, they can stay overnight in Mongolian-style yurts.