Nescopeck State Park
Bordered on the south by steep Mount Yeager and on the north by Nescopeck Mountain, the 3,550-acre Nescopeck State Park encompasses wetlands, rich forests and many diverse habitats. Nescopeck Creek, a favorite of anglers, meanders through the park. Hiking trails follow the creek, climb mountains, pass through quiet forests and skirt wetlands. An environmental education center provides year-round educational programs on the park’s unique resources.
Fishing: The 9-acre Lake Frances has trout, bass and panfish. A well-used trail circles Lake Frances and provides great fishing access throughout the year. Six miles of Nescopeck Creek is designated as a high quality, cold-water fishery and contains brown trout and native brook trout. Several miles of the creek are designated as delayed harvest, artificial lure only. The PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks Lake Frances and Nescopeck Creek. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations apply.
Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: Most of the park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are white-tailed deer, turkey, black bear, rabbit and gray squirrel. Nescopeck State Park has traditionally been managed for the American woodcock, which can also be found in the park. State Game Land 187, which adjoins the park, provides additional areas open to hunting.
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. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 19 miles of trails
Due to the unique natural resources in the park, mountain biking is prohibited on park trails.
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing: These popular winter sports are permitted on all trails throughout the park. The ungroomed trails are relatively flat or have slight grades making them a great way to explore the park during winter.
Trash Disposal and Recycling
Nescopeck State Park participates in a carry-in/carry-out trash disposal program for small parks. There are no trash collection or recycling facilities. Visitors are asked to limit the amount of disposable items brought to the park and to take home all trash and recyclables.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The year-round staff of the environmental education center provides programming for the school community and the general public.
The park education program strives to teach about the natural world and critical environmental issues facing society. Special emphasis is placed on the education and interpretation of Nescopeck’s unique, natural biodiversity.
School students engage in hands-on activities, exploring and learning about the unique ecosystems of the park to further their awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment.
The education staff offers the Bureau’s Watershed Education program to area high schools, teachers and other groups interested in learning about complex issues within their watersheds.
The education staff conducts teacher workshops based on state and national environmental education curricula and needs as they relate to Department of Education academic standards.
A variety of interpretive and recreational programs are available for the general public. These programs focus on the natural, historical and cultural features of the park and region. The park also participates in the Bureau’s DiscoverE program, which gives young people an opportunity to explore and learn about the environment.
In addition to offering quality educational programs, the park is an outdoor natural laboratory for visiting biologists, college interns and resource professionals involved in a variety of biological research projects.
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Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.