Northeast PA Mountains

State parks located in the PA Mountains region of northeastern Pennsylvania offer fun for the entire family.

Most PA mountains parks are open from late May to Labor Day in September with some open during the winter.

The summer months offer the most to do at the parks.

Get out and enjoy the PA air and sun.

You can go swimming, hike on one of the trails, enjoy a family picnic together, play volleyball or frisbee or go out on the boat.

Parks are a popular summer destination in the state.

Archbald Pothole State Park

In Lackawanna County PA, 9 miles N of Scranton PA. From I 81 – Exit 191A to Business US 6 E towards Carbondale. Entrance is 6 miles on right.

This PA mountains park features a 15,000 year old, 38 foot deep pothole. Open April to November.

Beltzville State Park
2950 Pohopoco Dr
Lehighton PA 18235

PA mountains Beltzville State Park Lehighton PA, Carbon County PA green, red, gold and orange trees on green grass

Located in the southern Poconos in the PA Mountains, 5 miles E of Lehighton. From NE extension of Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 74 and follow park signs.

  • fishing on Pohopoco Creek and Beltzville Lake
  • swimming on sand beach
  • picnic – tables, 4 pavilions, child playground, playing fields
  • enjoy a walk over the covered bridge
  • boating – launch, rentals of kayaks, paddle boats, rowboats, pontoons, small motorboats
  • water skiing
  • In winter: ice boating, cross country skiing, ice fishing
  • Hotels near Beltzville

Big Pocono State Park

In Monroe County PA on Camelback Mountain. Open spring to December. Park entrance – PA 715 and Exit 299 of I80 at Tannersville.

Enjoy scenic views on the 1+ mile paved road drive which encircles the mountaintop. Use caution on other roads as there are steep grades.

  • picnic – tables, charcoal grills
  • hiking
  • biking on hard surfaced road or South Trail and North Trail Lower Loop
  • horseback riding on hard surfaced road or South Trail and North Trail Lower Loop
  • bird and wildlife watch
  • In winter: downhill skiing
  • A restaurant is located near the park on the mountain
state park lake as the sun is starting to leave the area with two separate parts of the lake water, stones, and mountains with white clouds

Frances Slocum State Park
565 Mount Olivet Rd
Wyoming PA 18644

In the PA Mountains in Luzerne County PA 10 miles from Wilkes Barre PA. From Exit 170B I-81, PA 309 N 7.2 miles, right (E) onto Carverton Road, go 4.2 miles. Left (N) on W 8th Street Road for 1.3 miles. Left (W) onto Mt. Olivet Road for one mile.

  • camping April – October – tents, group tenting, trailers
  • swimming
  • fishing on Frances Slocum Lake
  • boating on Frances Slocum Lake – boat launches
  • picnic year round – tables, pavilions, charcoal grills
  • hiking
  • trail biking
  • In winter: ice skating, ice fishing, sledding and tobogganing

Gouldsboro State Park

In Monroe County and Wayne County PA. 1/2 mile S of Gouldsboro on PA 507. PA 507 intersects I380 at Exit 13, 2 miles S of park entrance, and with I84, 13 miles N of entrance.

  • fishing on Tobyhanna Lake and Gouldsboro Lake
  • boating on Tobyhanna Lake and Gouldsboro Lake. Rents rowboats, canoes, paddleboats, motorboats
  • picnic tables, charcoal grills, 1 pavilion
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • In winter: ice skating, ice fishing

Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run State Park White Haven PA, Carbon County PA green trees reflecting in the blue water with blue sky overhead

RR 1 Box 81
White Haven PA 18661

In the Pocono mountains in Carbon County PA. I-80 – Exit 274 at Hickory Run State Park Exit, E on PA 534 6 miles. NE Extension of Pennsylvania Turnpike – Exit 95. W on PA 940 3 miles, E on PA 534 for 6 miles.

Boulder Field is a National Natural Landmark.

Use caution as this park has an active black bear population.

  • Sand Spring Lake area has picnic areas with tables and playground equipment
  • swimming
  • disc golf
  • orienteering
  • fishing
  • camping April – October – tents, trailers, group tenting
  • hiking on the trails. Some trails also allow cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter
  • In winter – ice skating on lake
  • Hotels near Hickory Run

Lackawanna State Park
RR 1 Box 230
Dalton PA 18414

10 miles N of Scranton in the PA mountains. From I81 – Exit 199, go 3 miles W on PA 524. From Rte 6 and 11 – take PA 438 E 3 miles to PA 407, then S

  • camping April – October – tents, group tenting, trailers
  • picnic – 1 pavilion
  • swimming
  • hiking 
  • biking on certain trails
  • horseback riding on certain trails
  • fishing on Lake Lackawanna
  • boating on Lake Lackawanna – 3 boat launches.
  • In winter: cross country skiing, ice fishing, sledding, tobogganing, ice skating

Lehigh Gorge State Park
RR 1 Box 81
White Haven PA 18661

Lehigh Gorge State Park White Haven PA, Luzerne County PA, Carbon County PA gold and green fall leaves reflecting over a lake

In Luzerne County and Carbon County PA. Off Exit 273 of I80. Follow PA 940 E to White Haven Shopping Center. Right on Main Street, bear right to park.

This park has some nice waterfalls.

  • fishing
  • hiking
  • biking on trails
  • rafting, canoeing and kayaking
  • In winter: part of Lehigh Gorge trail is open for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. The trail is also great for wildlife watching.

Mt. Pisgah State Park
RR 3 Box 362 A
Troy PA 16947

In the Endless Mountains in Bradford County PA on Wallace Road -SR 3019 2 miles N of Rt 6.

  • fishing on Stephen Foster Lake
  • boating on Stephen Foster Lake
  • hiking
  • swimmig
  • picnic -tables, 3 pavilions, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court
  • In winter: ice fish, ice skate, snowmobile

Nescopeck State Park
1137 Honey Hole Road
Drums PA 18222

Caution: the website states that the “roadway between Honey Hole Rd and Nescopeck State Park office” is closed until further notice.

  • Hike
  • fishing on Lake Frances and Nescopeck Creek
  • wildlife watch
  • In winter: cross country skiing
  • Drums PA Hotels
state park in Pennsylvania with a dock, sun sparkling off the water and mountains as a backdrop

Promised Land State Park
RR 1 Box 96
Greentown PA 18426

In the Delaware State Forest area in Pike County PA. 10 miles N of Canadensis on PA 390.

  • fishing on Promised Lake and Lower Lake
  • boating on Promised Lake and Lower Lake – 5 boat launches, rentals of rowboats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats
  • hike
  • horseback ride on select trails 
  • bike on paved road
  • orienteering
  • picnic – tables, 2 pavilions, sand volleyball court
  • swim on the 2 sand beaches
  • camping – rustic, modern, cabins
  • In winter – snowmobile, cross country ski, ice fish, ice skate

Prompton State Park
Undeveloped park in Wayne County PA.

Ricketts Glen State Park

695 State Route 487
Benton PA 17814

Ricketts Glen State Park Benton PA, Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia County PA waterfall over rocks surrounded by trees

Located 30 miles N of Bloomsburg PA in the PA mountains. PA 487 from Red Rock to Lake Jean is very steep. Alternate route – PA 487 S from Dushore.

Glens Natural Area is a National Natural Landmark. Has the Ganoga Falls and 21 more waterfalls.

  • picnic – tables, charcoal grills
  • swimming
  • fishing on Lake Jean
  • boating on Lake Jean. Rentals of rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks, canoes
  • hike
  • horseback ride select trails
  • bird watch
  • camping – tents, group tenting, cabins, trailers
  • In winter: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, winter camping

Salt Springs State Park
In Susquehanna County PA 7 miles N of Montrose PA in the PA Mountains. PA 29 N 6 miles to Franklin Forks. Left onto Silver Creek Road for 1 mile to park entrance.

  • picnic – tables, charcoal grills, 1 pavilion
  • camping – rustic tenting, cottages
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • In winter: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tobogganing
lake water with ripples and sun glare

Tobyhanna State Park
PO Box 387
Tobyhanna PA 18466

2.1 miles N of Tobyhanna on PA 423. PA 423 intersects I380, 2.5 miles S of park entrance. Can also be reached from I84 via PA 507, PA 191 and PA 423.

  • fish on Tobyhanna Lake and Gouldsboro Lake
  • Boat on Tobyhanna Lake and Gouldsboro Lake – rentals of rowboats, canoes
  • camping – group tenting, trailers April to October
  • swim
  • picnic – tables, charcoal grills, play field, 1 pavilion
  • hike
  • mountain bike on trails
  • In winter: ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling

Varden Conservation Area

In Wayne County PA in the PA Mountains on PA 296 in Lake and South Canaan townships.

  • Hiking 

Worlds End State Park
PO Box 62
Forksville PA 18616

World's End State Park Forksville PA Sullivan County PA mountains in the fall with blue sky and white clouds overhead

In Sullivan County PA on PA 154. Reached from PA 87 from Williamsport and W, PA 42 from I80 and S, PA 87 from Dushore (north and east).

  • picnic – tables, 4 pavilions
  • fishing on Loyalsock Creek
  • whitewater boating on Loyalsock Creek
  • hiking
  • camping – cabins (available year round), tents, group tenting, trailers
  • In winter: cross country ski, snowmobile
  • Canyon Vista (via Mineral Spring and Cold Run roads) and High Knob Overlook offer gorgeous views of the PA mountains in the autumn (October)

Enjoy your visit to the state parks in the northeastern PA Mountains area.

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