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Big Pocono State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Big Pocono State Park
Description - The park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. From the summit, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of a vast portion of eastern Pennsylvania and portions of New Jersey and New York. A paved, scenic drive that is 1.4 miles in length encircles the mountaintop, permitting visitors to enjoy the beautiful view in all directions.

Hikers will enjoy the 7 miles of trail in the park. The trail system consists of three interconnecting trails with varying terrain ranging from smooth to very rough. Inexperienced hikers should inquire at the park office before attempting Indian and North Trails. South Trail is a multi-use trail permitting horseback riders.

Approximately 800 acres of Big Pocono State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, turkey and ruffed grouse. Furbearers include fox, raccoon and coyote. Adjacent to the park are 3,943 acres of State Game Lands No. 38 that is open to public hunting, trapping, dog training and hiking.

Downhill skiing is available through the Camelback Ski Resort that operates a ski resort on Big Pocono State Park. There is a full-service restaurant at the ski resort.

Attractions - The park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. From the summit, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of a vast portion of eastern Pennsylvania and portions of New Jersey and New York. A paved, scenic drive that is 1.4 miles in length, encircles the mountain top, permitting visitors to enjoy the beautiful view in all directions.

CAUTION: Steep grades. Visitors should not attempt this drive in vehicles with trailers in tow. Municipal road maintenance is not provided and seasonal closures of the access roadway will occur.

Recreation - Big Pocono State Park provides three picnic areas with a total of 50 picnic tables. The picnic area adjacent to the Cattell Cabin has tables in an open setting, while the east and south areas are located in a wooded setting. All areas offer the visitor excellent views of the surrounding countryside.

Hikers will enjoy the 7 miles of trail in the park. The trail system consists of three interconnecting trails with varying terrain ranging from smooth to very rough. Inexperienced hikers should inquire at the park office before attempting Indian and North Trails. South Trail is a multi-use trail permitting horseback riders.

Approximately 800 acres of Big Pocono State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, turkey and ruffed grouse. Furbearers include fox, raccoon and coyote. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment 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 must be kept in the owner's car, trailer or camp.

Adjacent to the park are 3,943 acres of State Game Lands No. 38 that is open to public hunting, trapping, dog training and hiking.

Downhill skiing is available through the Camelback Ski Resort that operates a ski resort on Big Pocono State Park. There is a full-service restaurant at the ski resort.

The hunting area is handicapped accessible.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Big Pocono State Park area generally has cold winter months with temperatures averaging from 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range from 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - Bic Pocono State Park is located in northeastern Pennsylvania in Monroe County. Entrance to the park is from PA Route 715 and exit 45 of Interstate 80 at Tannersville.


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Filed By: Kelley (Honesdale, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It is a steep and curvey, but paved, drive to the top of the mountain. The drive is worth it when you get up to the top. You have a beautiful view of the Poconos. It is especially pretty in the fall with the changing leaves. However, a lot of city tourist already know about this local treasure.


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Contact Information:
Big Pocono State Park, c/o Tobyhanna State Park, P.O. Box 387 , Tobyhanna, PA, 18466-0387, Phone: 570-894-8336
, tobyhanna@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains Area - The Pocono Mountains abound in natural wonders. The Glens Natural Area has 22 named waterfalls in a scenic gorge with old growth timber. You can also try whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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