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August 02, 2023
10 NEPA Hiking Spots
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These NEPA hikes are worthy of your bucket list! From roaring waterfalls to scenic vistas, we’ve highlighted 10 amazing places to trek.

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1. Lackawanna State Park

North Abington Twp., PA

Lackawanna State Park features 18 miles of hiking and biking trails. The Lee Hill Trail offers an easy walk through the woods. Other trails provide views of the 198-acre lake, which is a popular spot for fishing and boating.

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2. George and Lillian Picton Wildlife Sanctuary

Foster Twp., PA

This nature preserve is an excellent spot for hiking and birdwatching. Several trails lead to the tranquil ponds, while the Split Rock Trail features a massive boulder.

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3. Ricketts Glen State Park

Benton, PA

Ricketts Glen is home to 26 miles of hiking on 11 scenic trails. The famous Falls Trail passes 21 named waterfalls. Ganoga Falls is the tallest at 94 feet high.

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4. Lacawac Sanctuary

Lake Ariel, PA

Lacawac Sanctuary boasts over nine miles of trails through the fields, forests and wetlands. The trails offer views of the 13,000-year-old lake, which is the southernmost unpolluted glacial lake in North America.

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5. Lake Scranton Walking Trail

Scranton, PA

The Lake Scranton Walking Trail is a 3.5-mile loop around the shore. It’s a popular spot for walkers and runners. Enjoy the views from the stone dam, which dates back to 1898.

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6. Bear Creek Preserve

Bear Creek, PA

Bear Creek Preserve features over nine miles of trails with dense forests, roaring waterfalls & scenic vistas. The Yellow Loop Trail is a favorite with an overlook of the Pocono Mountains.

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7. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Kempton, PA

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers over eight miles of hiking trails on a major migration flyway. The Lookout Trail has nine raptor viewing spots, which are incredible during the fall and spring migrations. Meanwhile, the North Lookout boasts at 70-mile view.

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8. Hazle Township Community Park

Hazle Twp., PA

Located just five miles from downtown Hazleton, this community park has something for the whole family. A walking trail goes around Lake Irena. Also make sure to check out the tank at the Veterans Memorial.

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9. Vosburg Neck State Park

Tunkhannock, PA

Vosburg Neck State Park is home to eight miles of hiking and biking trails in the Endless Mountains. You’ll pass rustic meadows, lush forests and riverside views along the way. Take the Vista Trail for an overlook of the rolling farmland.

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10. Nay Aug Park

Scranton, PA

Explore the scenic gorge at Nay Aug Park. The David Wenzel Tree House provides an overview of the gorge, while the Davis Trail leads right to the waterfall. A covered bridge crosses over Roaring Brook.

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Article Updated from its original version published on 5/10/2021.

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