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, pass through quiet forests and skirt wetlands. An environmental education center provides year-round educational programs on the park’s diverse resources. Interpretive exhibits highlighting the park’s natural history can be seen inside the environmental education center.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Fishing: The 9-acre Lake Frances has trout, bass and panfish. A well-used trail circles Lake Frances and provides fishing access throughout the year. Six miles of Nescopeck Creek are 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. Fishing poles are available for use at the visitor center as part of a loaner program.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws 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 vehicle or enclosed trailer. 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: 19 miles of trails
Due to the sensitivity of 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 several trails throughout the park. The trails are not groomed but are relatively flat or have slight grades making them a great way to explore the park during winter. Inquire at the environmental education center about the snowshoe loaner program.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Year-round staff provides environmental education programming for local schools and interpretive programs for park visitors. The park’s 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 ecosystems within 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.
Teacher workshops based on state and national environmental education curricula, as they relate to Department of Education academic standards, are also offered.
A variety of interpretive and recreational programs are available for park visitors. 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 an array of research projects.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
Explore environmental education and interpretation for more information.
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.