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April 02, 2024
Go Outside and Play at NEPA’s 18 State Parks!
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Endless Hours of Outdoor Adventures Await

In NEPA, we’re never very far from a scenic state park. They are, after all, part of what makes our region such a special place for outdoor recreation. Pristine lakes, verdant meadows, lush forests, roaring waterfalls, and spectacular mountain views are part of our collective back yard.

From hiking and mountain biking, to fishing, boating, kayaking, hunting and cross-country skiing, the 18 amenity-filled state parks in our 10-county region offer a tranquil spot to spend time in the fresh air surrounded by peace, quiet and the occasional woodland creature.

Enjoy miles of hiking trails, lakeside picnics, campfires under the stars and so much more at state parks throughout NEPA. No matter which park you choose, they all offer clean, wide-open spaces, fresh air and tons of free fun and relaxation.

From north to south and east to west, we’ve got plenty of opportunity for you to choose your next outdoor adventure. Lace up your boots, load up the bikes, string the fishing poles, pack a picnic lunch, and rediscover nature in NEPA.

Check Out NEPA’s 18 Scenic State Parks
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Archbald Pothole State Park

Archbald, PA

An impressive 40-foot, glacier-formed “pothole” is the main attraction at this 150-acre park in Archbald. A short loop trail that follows the route of an old mining tram allows visitors to explore the park’s lush, green forest.

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Beltzville State Park

Lehighton, PA

Enjoy a little bit of everything at this popular park in Lehighton. Get out on the water for fishing, kayaking or boating on the 949-acre lake. Reserve a picnic pavilion, or explore the park’s 15 miles of scenic hiking trails.

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Big Pocono State Park

Stroudsburg, PA

Take in the stunning, panoramic mountaintop views from this centrally-located park in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Hiking, mountain biking and even horseback riding are popular spring and summer activities on nearly 9 miles of beautiful trails.

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Frances Slocum State Park

Wyoming, PA

This popular Luzerne County park, located just ten miles outside of Wilkes-Barre, offers over 1,000 acres of forests, meadows, and wetlands to explore. Guests can enjoy 13.7 miles of trails, fishing and other lake activities, a crystal-clear pool in the summer and so much more.

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Gouldsboro State Park

Gouldsboro, PA

Get close to nature among the bogs and evergreen forests at this 2,800-acre park in Gouldsboro. Explore 10 miles of trails. Fish, boat and swim in the 250-acre lake and enjoy lunch at one of five wooded picnic areas.

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Hickory Run State Park

White Haven, PA

With nearly 16,000 acres of land, there’s plenty of room to roam at this park in White Haven. The park features 44 miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, disc golf, a lake for fishing and swimming and the famous Boulder Field.

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Lackawanna State Park

North Abington Twp., PA

Venture just 10 miles outside of Scranton for a day of picnicking along the 198-acre lake. Try your hand at fishing or kayaking. Check out the pool and splash zone. And explore 18 miles of looping trails through forests, fields and alongside streams.

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Lehigh Gorge State Park

Weatherly, PA

Find your share of adventure from White Haven to Jim Thorpe at this popular park situated along the Lehigh River. Experience whitewater rafting. Bike the 26-mile Lehigh Gorge Trail and stop for waterfall photos along the way.

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Locust Lake State Park

Barnesville, PA

Book a camp site at this sprawling 1772-acre park in Barnesville. Enjoy hiking and biking on forest trails. Rent a canoe or kayak, or fish for trout, bass and more in the 52-acre lake and lay out in the sun on the soft sandy beach.

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Nescopeck State Park

Drums, PA

Take your pick out of 19 miles of easily-accessible and relatively flat mountain trails at this popular park in Drums. Drop a line in the well-stocked Lake Frances or Nescopeck Creek and enjoy activities in the modern Environmental Education Center.

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Promised Land State Park

Greentown, PA

Experience abundant wildlife and a rich history at this beautiful park in the Pocono Mountain’s lake region. Stay the night at one of their many camping areas featuring a sand beach, swimming area, playground, volleyball court, and picnic facilities.

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Prompton State Park

Prompton, PA

Relax and cast a line into the 290-acre lake at this peaceful, mountain park just outside of Honesdale. Explore nearly 26 miles of forested hiking trails. Break for lunch under the covered picnic pavilion, or take on the park’s popular 18-hole, disc golf course.

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Ricketts Glen State Park

Benton, PA

Bring your camera for Instagram-worthy photos along the famous Falls Trail at this popular park in the Endless Mountains. Enjoy picnic amenities, camping, fishing, a wide sandy beach for swimming and so much more.

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Salt Springs State Park

Montrose, PA

Enjoy the rural charm and tranquility of this scenic park in Susquehanna County. Set out on over 12 miles of trails through gorgeous old-growth forests and along streams. The park also offers rustic tent sites and cabins.

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Swatara State Park

Pine Grove, PA

This 3,500+ acre park in the southern corner of Schuylkill County is home to two miles of the renowned Appalachian Trail. Hike and mountain bike along the thirty four miles of trails or enjoy fishing, boating and water sports in Trout Run and Swatara Creek.

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Tobyhanna State Park

Tobyhanna, PA

Pack a ton of family fun into a whole day at this sprawling park in Tobyhanna. Swim or kayak in the lake. Hike or bike over 10 miles of trails. Spend the night at one of 135 spacious tent sites.

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Tuscarora State Park

Barnesville, PA

Keep an eye out for wildlife at this 1618-acre park in Schuylkill County. Over 7 miles of trails pass through green meadows, thick forests, wide-open fields and around the pristine Tuscarora Lake. The park also offers camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating and more.

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Vosburg Neck State Park

Tunkhannock, PA

Pack your binoculars and expect to spot majestic bald eagles and other incredible birds of prey that visit the banks of the Susquehanna River in Wyoming County. This 669-acre park, situated on a dramatic oxbow turn in the river, is a great spot to fish, kayak and hike along eight miles of scenic trails.

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Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 4/12/20.

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