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Promised Land State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Promised Land State Park
Description - Approximately 3,000 acres in size, the park is situated in the Pocono Plateau, 1,800 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by 12,350 acres of state forest and a natural area. The forest consists primarily of beech, oak, maple and hemlock trees. Two lakes and several small streams add to the park's outstanding scenic beauty. Promised Land Lake is 422 acres and Lower Lake is 173 acres.

The first park facilities were open to the public in 1905. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who also built roads, bridges and dams and planted thousands of trees built many additional park facilities in the 1930's. Promised Lane State Park is a haven for folks who enjoy mountain biking, equestrian trail, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. There is an entire network system of trails with varying uses, lengths and difficulties. The park office offers a wonderful map-size brochure laying out each trail, its use, area and trailhead. In addition to the wonderful trail system, camping, cabins, fishing, swimming and boating are offered. Environmental education programs are offered on a wide variety of topics and levels.

Wheelchair accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. Comfort stations that can accommodate wheelchairs are located in some of the campgrounds.

Attractions - Approximately 3,000 acres in size, the park is situated in the Pocono Plateau, 1,800 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by 12,350 acres of state forest and a natural area. The forest consists primarily of beech, oak, maple and hemlock trees. Two lakes and several small streams add to the park's outstanding scenic beauty. Promised Land Lake is 422 acres and Lower Lake is 173 acres.

Local tradition holds that the land was promised farm land for the religious group "the Shakers." After clearing the land, the Shakers found that the land was too rocky for farming. The Shakers departed, leaving the land sarcastically named the "Promised Land."

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the land in 1902. The area had been clear-cut. With the loss of trees came erosion and forest fires and migration of wildlife from the area. The Commonwealth worked to protect and reclaim the area and the forest and wildlife began to return.

The first park facilities were open to the public in 1905. Many additional park facilities were built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who also built roads, bridges and dams and planted thousands of trees.

Recreation - Promised Lane State Park is a haven for folks who enjoy mountain biking, equestrian trail, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. There is an entire network system of trails with varying uses, lengths and difficulties. The park office offers a wonderful map-size brochure laying out each trail, its use, area and trailhead.

In addition to the wonderful trail system, camping, cabins, fishing, swimming and boating are offered.

Environmental education is stressed at Promised Land State Park. Spring through fall programs are offered on a wide variety of topics and levels. Everyone is invited to our traditional summer weekend campfire programs. The park has a small museum where, in addition to displays of natural features found in the area, artifacts and the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps can be seen.

Wheelchair accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. Comfort stations which can accommodate wheelchairs are located in some of the campgrounds.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Promised Land State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - Promised Land State Park is located in northeastern Pennsylvania in Pike County, 10 miles north of Canadensis along SR 390. The park is easily accessible from Interstates 80 and 84. The park is within a one to three hour drive from Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem, Reading, Harrisburg, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. It is approximately 100 miles north of Philadelphia and 35 miles from the New York and New Jersey state lines.


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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great fishing in July--pickerel, panfish, bass, perch...all in the lower lake. Upper lake highly populated with boaters and swimmers. As always, grounds were pristine.

Filed By: Jim Schade (Dillsburg, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Been visiting/camping there for 35 years,most beautiful park in PA in my opinion. Excellent choice of camping areas, great fishing, a wonderful experience for all seasons.

Filed By: Stomper (Scranton, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: On 10/27/02 Our family hiked the Egypt Meadow Trial at Promised Land State Park. GREAT time of year to see the park. The fall colors were spectacular! It was a rocky, challanging hike for the little ones (ages 3 to 7). They really enjoyed climbing on the many boulders. Highly recommended family hike. Easy to complete in one day -- including a stop for lunch.


More Information

Contact Information:
Promised Land State Park, R.R. 1, Box 9 , Greentown, PA, 18426, Phone: 570-676-3428
, promisedland@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:
Lay-zz Inn - Family and small group accomodations with Kitchen facilities. Catering to the outdoor recreation enthusiast!
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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