Hiking in the East


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East

Archbald Pothole State Park

0.5 mile of trail              park map

A small loop trail starting at the wayside follows an old coal mine tram road passed rock ledges and through a forest.

Beltzville State Park

15 miles of trails              park map

The trails of Beltzville State Park follow wooded paths, old roads and mowed walkways through forests, creek valleys, fields and by the lake. Saw Mill Trail, which is just west of the dam breast, offers a diverse historical hike. The trail passes the remains of a gristmill raceway, a dam and gateways, small ponds, a slate quarry from the 1700s, a wetland and a stream. The trails vary in length. A short description of each trail can be found in the "Beltzville Trail Guide," which is available at the park office.

Big Pocono State Park

7 miles of trails              park map

The trail system consists of three interconnecting trails designated as North Trail (red), South Trail, (yellow) and Indian Trail (orange). Trail conditions vary from smooth surface, gentle grades, to very rough surface, extremely steep grades. Inexperienced hikers should inquire at the park office before attempting North Trail. The Pocono Outdoor Club assists in maintaining the trail system in Big Pocono State Park.

Delaware Canal State Park

60 miles of trails              park map

The 60-mile long Delaware Canal towpath runs from Easton to Bristol and is a National Recreation Trail. Once trod by mule teams pulling cargo-laden boats along the canal, the towpath is used today by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and bird watchers. For 30 miles, the Delaware Canal towpath parallels New Jersey's D&R Canal towpath, separated only by the Delaware River. Six bridges link the two trails.

Evansburg State Park

6 miles of trails              park map

Most portions of the trails are easy walking with some sections of moderate difficulty.

Fort Washington State Park

3.5 miles of trails              park map

Moderate difficulty trails wander through forest and open fields.

Frances Slocum State Park

13 miles of trails              park map

Trails pass through forests, fields and by the lake. The Frances Slocum Trail passes the rock shelter where American Indians temporarily held Frances Slocum captive.

Explore Frances Slocum for detailed trail descriptions.

Gouldsboro State Park

10 miles of trails              park map

The rugged terrain Gouldsboro makes for challenging but rewarding hiking. All trails are blazed.

Explore Gouldsboro for detailed trail descriptions.

Hickory Run State Park

43 miles of trails              park map

The trails lead through areas rich in historic and scenic interest. This is especially true from mid-June until mid-July when the mountain laurel and rhododendron are in bloom and again in mid-October at the height of the fall foliage.

Explore Hickory Run for a detailed mileage chart.

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

18.5 miles of trails              park map

The network of trails makes the center’s fields, woodlands and streams accessible to both students and the casual visitor. These facilities are for use by hikers, all-terrain bikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. Non-hunters should wear blaze orange during hunting seasons.

Lackawanna State Park

18 miles of trails              park map

A series of looping trails limited to foot traffic wander through the campground and day use areas of the park. Additional multi-use trails explore forests, fields, lakeshore areas and woodland streams.

Lehigh Gorge State Park

26 miles of trails              park map

The Lehigh Gorge Trail, which is 26 miles of abandoned railroad grade, follows the river throughout the park providing opportunities for hiking, bicycling, sight-seeing and photography. The Lehigh Gorge Trail is closed to motor vehicles. Parking areas are provided in White Haven, Rockport and Glen Onoko. Very limited parking is available at Lehigh Tannery. Hikers need to be aware that the Gorge is a natural area that possesses natural hazards like steep and treacherous terrain and fast-moving water. Hikers must protect themselves from life-threatening accidents. You are responsible for you and your family's safety. Wear proper hiking shoes and use extreme caution when hiking in the gorge.

Locust Lake State Park

6.75 miles of trails              park map

Trails wander through forest and up hills.

Explore Locust Lake for detailed trail descriptions.

Marsh Creek State Park

6 miles of trails              park map

The trails explore a variety of habitats including forest, field and wetlands.

Mount Pisgah State Park

11 miles of trails              park map

A series of hiking trails are suitable for everyone from the casual walker to the experienced hiker. The trails travel around the lake, through wooded areas, old fields, open farmland or rugged terrain. Certain trails are open in winter for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Nescopeck State Park

19 miles of trails              park map

Many of the trails begin along Honey Hole Road. Visitors can discover the unique habitats in the park on trails that traverse forests, fields and wetlands. Several trails lead to and parallel beautiful Nescopeck Creek.

Neshaminy State Park

4 miles of trails              park map

Trails folow the shoreline and give views of the river with its boating traffic and explore the tidal marsh.

Explore Neshaminy for a detailed trail descriptions.

Nockamixon State Park

3 miles of hiking trails              park map

The hiking trails of the park explore forests, fields and the edge of the lake. For the safety of all park users please keep dogs leashed and under physical control while in the park.

Explore Nockamixon for a detailed trail descriptions.

Norristown Farm Park

8 miles of trails              park map

Most trails are paved and used for walking, rollerblading and bicycling. NOTICE: There are no park roads or trails open to equestrian use.

Promised Land State Park

50 miles of trails              park map

There are about 50 miles of hiking trails in Promised Land State Park and the surrounding state forest, providing access to many natural scenic places. Hike Bruce Lake Road to a natural glacial lake, or see the little waterfalls along Little Falls Trail, or walk a loop around Conservation Island. Splendid opportunities exist for nature study, relaxation and exploration.

The trails lead through areas rich in historic and scenic interest. This is especially true from mid-June until mid-July when the mountain laurel and rhododendron are in bloom and again in mid-October at the height of the fall foliage.

Prompton State Park

26 miles of trails              park map

The hiking trails are a mix of rocky paths and smooth forest floor. Most trails are rated more difficult to difficult hiking.

Ralph Stover State Park

1 mile of trails              park map

The easy walking trails pass through many habitats and pass near the millrace.

Ricketts Glen State Park

26 miles of trails              park map

Trails vary from fairly level to very steep hills and pass old growth forest and waterfalls. The 26 miles of trails are a prime attraction of the park.

Explore Ricketts Glen for detailed trail descriptions.

Ridley Creek State Park

13 miles of trails              park map

The trails pass through a variety of habitats throughout the central portion of the park.

Salt Springs State Park

12.75 miles of trails              park map

The trails pass through old growth forest, overlook the gorge and meander through various habitats.

Explore Salt Springs for detailed trail descriptions.

Tobyhanna State Park

5.4 miles of trails              park map

Explore Tobyhanna for detailed trail descriptions.

Tuscarora State Park

9 miles of trails              park map

The trails wander through several habitats like mature deciduous forest, meadow and agricultural fields.

Explore Tuscarora for detailed trail descriptions.

Tyler State Park

23 miles of trails              park map
 

The trails give excellent views of the park and surrounding countryside. You can take a short walk or a long hike covering many miles. Several parking lots near the outer perimeter of the park allow access to remote areas and trails.

Hikers are permitted on all trails. Gravel hiking trails to the east of Neshaminy Creek link each picnic area. If you want a longer hike, cross over Neshaminy Creek to the west side of the park via the causeway at the center of the park. There you will find most of the park’s bicycle and equestrian trails.

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Varden Conservation Area

7.35 miles of trails              park map

The Varden Conservation Area offers a variety of short hiking trails through farm fields, forests and wetlands. Please stay on the trails and respect private property.

Explore Varden for detailed trail descriptions.

White Clay Creek Preserve

5 miles of trails              park map

Hiking trails explore the habitats of the park and tie in with trails in the White Clay Creek Preserve in Delaware.

Worlds End State Park

20 miles of trails              park map

The over 20 miles of hiking trails of Worlds End State Park are mostly rocky with steep sections that climb the surrounding mountains. Hikers should wear proper footgear and be extra cautious in the winter and spring when trail surfaces can be frozen or icy.

Explore Worlds End for detailed trail descriptions.