Tobyhanna State Park

Tobyhanna State Park is in scenic Monroe and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania. The 5,440-acre park includes the 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake. Tobyhanna is derived from an American Indian word meaning "a stream whose banks are fringed with alder." Gouldsboro State Park is nearby.

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Caution: Please Read

Visitors using more remote and undeveloped areas of Tobyhanna State Park should be aware that they could encounter old, unexploded artillery shells. Three types of shells have been found in the park. The largest projectile is 18 to 24 inches in length and about 6 inches in diameter. The medium projectile is 2.5 inches in diameter and from 10 to 14 inches in length. The smallest projectile is 3 inches long and 1.25 inches in diameter. Shells are found in severely rusted condition without any recognizable markings or imprints. Their overall appearance is that of a pointed cylinder of rusted steel. Visitors encountering such items should not touch, attempt to move or otherwise disturb the items, and should call the park office and report the location to insure proper disposal.

Hiking  -  Mountain Biking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Snowmobiling   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating   -  Organized Group Tenting   -  Camping

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. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.A couple sits down to a picturesque picnic at Tobyhanna State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: Picnicking is permitted throughout the year. Tobyhanna State Park provides four picnic areas with picnic tables and charcoal grills. Three of the areas are wooded and one is in an open, grassy area. A small playfield is near Lot 4 and a playground is near the swimming beach. Near Lot 1, an ADA accessible picnic pavilion with electricity 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 State Park is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to mid-September, 8:00 AM 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.

Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use the beach, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other handheld, lighted smoking devices.

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Boating: electric motors only
The 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake has 60 overnight mooring spaces. A state park mooring permit is required for overnight mooring and is available at the Tobyhanna State Park office. A boat rental has rowboats, kayaks paddleboats, canoes and electric motor boats is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, except in inclement weather.

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.

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

People fish from a pier at Tobyhanna State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The common fish in the 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake are bass, pickerel, yellow perch, catfish and sunfish. Brook and brown trout are stocked. An ADA accessible fishing pier is in the day use area.

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.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: Most of Tobyhanna State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are white-tailed deer, black bear, 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 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.

Mountain Biking: 5.1 miles
Lakeside Trail is an improved surface trail that circles the lake and borders the Black Bear and Bender Swamps Natural Area.

Hiking: 10 miles of trails
A child rides on her father's shoulders while hiking at Tobyhanna State Park, Pennsylvania.The rugged terrain of Tobyhanna 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.


Lakeside Trail: 5.1 miles, easiest hiking
This improved trail has a hardened base for hiking and bicycling in summer and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter. Although not recommended for people with disabilities, wheelchair users have completed the trail. Part of the trail is on the paved road. Allow at least 2.5 hours to complete the entire trail around Tobyhanna Lake.

Range Trail: 3.3 miles, more difficult hiking
It is a 6.6-mile walk from the trailhead on Lakeside Trail to PA 196 and back. Allow three hours for this trip. Range Trail is a very demanding hike and should not be attempted without the proper hiking footwear. An adult should accompany children and no one should hike the trail alone. Be prepared to ‘rock hop’ and cross a few minor wet areas. This trail follows the border of the Black Bear and Bender Swamps Natural Area and passes through several other wetlands and boulder fields created by the last glacial period.

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

Stay the Night

People eat lunch at their campsite in the campground at Tobyhanna State Park, Pennsylvania.Camping: flush toilets and hot showers
A 140-site camping area is open from the first weekend of trout season in April to mid-October. Flush toilets, showers and water spigots are provided in a central location. A playground is provided for children. Trailers and motor homes may use a sanitary dump station located between the park office and the campground entrance.

Due to the high elevation of nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, campers should be prepared for cool nighttime temperatures, even during the summer months. Pets are permitted at selected campsites for a fee.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: one host position in the modern campground
The campground host site has amenities including a large wooded campsite, electric hook-up, and free firewood. There is water available nearby and a sanitary dump station. Hosts are required to work five days per week including weekends from Memorial Day until Labor Day. A long-term stay is preferred. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Organized Group Tenting: Five rustic sites are available. Sites One to Four accommodate up to 20 people. Site Five accommodates up to 40 people. Or, all sites can be combined to accommodate up to 120 people. The area is adjacent to Lot 4 and is open year-round. It has vault toilets and hand operated water pump.

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Winter Activities

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Snowmobiling: Tobyhanna State Park provides a one-way snowmobile trail 5.1 miles in length that runs counterclockwise on Lakeside Trail. The trail begins at Lot 1, which has restrooms, parking and unloading space. Conditions permitting, snowmobiles may be operated only on the designated, one-way trail from the day after the last deer season in December until April 1. Operators and passengers must follow the PA Snowmobile Law. Please remember to respect the environment and the rights of others.

Ice Fishing: 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake is popular for ice fishing. Ice thickness is not monitored.

Ice Skating: Ice skating is available as natural conditions permit. Tobyhanna State Park has a 1.2-acre area near Parking Area 3. Ice thickness is not monitored.

Access for People with Disabilities

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