Promised Land State Park
About 3,000 acres in size, Promised Land State Park is on the Pocono Plateau, 1,800 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by 12,464 acres of the Delaware State Forest, including natural areas. Visitors enjoy fishing and boating in two lakes, rustic cabins, camping, miles of hiking trails, and exploring the forests.
The forests of the park consist primarily of beech, oak, maple, and hemlock trees. Two lakes and several small streams add to the park’s outstanding scenic beauty.
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.
Promised Land State Park is in Pike County, 10 miles north of Canadensis, along PA Route 390. The park is easily accessed from interstate highways 80 and 84.
It is within a one to three hour drive from Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem, Reading, Harrisburg, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre. The park is about 100 miles north of Philadelphia and 35 miles from the New York and New Jersey state borders.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.29942 Long. -75.21412
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.
Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Top 10 Things to Do at Promised Land
Paddle your kayak on Promised Land Lake
View the eagles’ nest from the Wildlife Observation Station
Visit the Masker Museum
Stay in a rustic cabin at Bear Wallows
Attend an environmental education program
Take a hike on Little Falls Trail
Plan a weekend stay at Pickerel Point Campground
Cool off during those hot summer days at the beach
Try your luck fishing either of the park’s lakes
Explore Delaware State Forest
Located in the Day Use Picnic Area near the main beach, the stand offers food and beverages. The Concession is open from the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day through Labor Da, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. daily.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Environmental Education programming is offered from April through October at both Promised Land State Park and Varden Conservation Area. From Memorial Day though Labor Day, interpretive and recreational programming is offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
From late June through early September, the park offers a weekly nature arts and crafts program for children of all ages that is organized by conservation volunteers.
The park also offers a family fishing program which builds fishing skills and includes loaner poles, bait, and tackle. Loaner poles can also be borrowed at the park office and the museum.
Spring through fall, school and group programs can be scheduled. These programs cover a wide variety of standards-based topics and levels. Please contact the park office to book a school or group program. Teacher workshops are also typically offered in spring and fall each year.
The Masker Museum
The Masker Museum at Promised Land State Park is one of the largest Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) museums in the commonwealth, and features:
A section of the Masker Museum has natural history displays, including:
The museum also has a native plant garden and bird feeding stations.
The museum is located off of Pickerel Point Road by the amphitheater and Pickerel Point Campground. Admission to the museum is free.
The museum is usually open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum is open seven days-a-week, from early July through Labor Day. Please check with the park office to confirm hours.
This activity or structure is ADA accessible.
The Masker Museum is completely volunteer staffed. For information about becoming a museum docent, please contact the park office.
Access for People with Disabilities
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.