Gouldsboro State Park

Gouldsboro State Park, in Monroe and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, contains 2,800 acres of land, including the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake. Tobyhanna State Park is nearby.

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Hiking   -  Mountain Biking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.People enjoy a picnic shaded by trees at Gouldsboro State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: Gouldsboro State Park provides five wooded picnic areas with picnic tables and charcoal grills. There is an ADA accessible picnic pavilion with electricity. Picnic pavilions can be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved the picnic pavilion is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Swimming: The sand beach at Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro state parks are open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please follow posted rules. The Tobyhanna bathhouse has flush toilets and changing areas. Showers are available for a fee. Gouldsboro has rustic restrooms.

Boating: electric motors only
The 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake has 50 overnight mooring spaces. A boat rental has rowboats and canoes and is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, except in inclement weather. A state park mooring permit is required for overnight mooring and is available at the Tobyhanna State Park office.

Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The common fish in the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake are bass, pickerel, yellow perch, catfish and sunfish. The lake also has muskellunge, walleye, crappie, sucker and fallfish. An ADA accessible fishing pier is near Parking Lot 4.

Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: Most of Gouldsboro State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are white-tailed deer, black bear, snowshoe hare, squirrel and turkey. Furbearers include beaver, muskrat, mink, fox, coyote and raccoon. Hunting is also permitted in nearby state game lands 127 and 312.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.

Hiking: 10 miles of trails
The rugged terrain of Gouldsboro State Park makes for challenging but rewarding hiking. All trails are blazed. Double blazes indicates a change of direction or a junction of two trails.

Follow these rules for a safe hike:

  • An adult should accompany children.
  • Be sure to wear hiking boots.
  • Motor vehicles are not permitted on the trails, except snowmobiles are permitted on designated trails.

Prospect Rock Trail: 5.8 miles, blue blaze, difficult hiking
This large, loop trail begins in the day use area. Some sections follow the old entrance road and Old Route 611, which are suitable for bicycling and cross-country skiing. But, there are several very rocky sections.

Old Route 611: 1.25 miles, blue blaze, easy hiking
This flat, wide trail runs along the western side of Gouldsboro State Park, paralleling I-380. Part of the trail is Prospect Rock Trail. This trail is excellent for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing.

Frank Gantz Trail: 3.2 miles, red blaze, difficult hiking
Frank Gantz Trail connects to Tobyhanna at Lakeside Trail and to Gouldsboro in the south day use parking lot. Children should not hike this trail without adult supervision. Special care is needed to cross PA 4013 (Tobyhanna Road). This is a very demanding trail with many areas where ‘rock hopping’ is necessary. Good hiking boots are essential for a pleasant and safe hike. Allow at least three hours for a round trip.

Mountain Biking: 8 miles of trails
Old 611 and Prospect Rock trails begin in the day use area.

Winter Activities

Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.

Cross-country Skiing: Hiking trails can be cross-country skied with adequate snow. Old 611 Trail is recommended.

Ice Fishing: The 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake is popular for ice fishing. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.

Ice Skating: Ice skating is available as natural conditions permit. Gouldsboro State Park has a 1 acre area near Parking Lot 4. Ice thickness is not monitored. Be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety equipment.

Access for People with Disabilities

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.