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Nearby Attractions to Locust Lake State Park

Information about Locust Lake State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau.

Explore the Area

The park is located near the community of Barnesville, which was founded as a railroad town to service the Anthracite Coal Region. Other nearby communities include Tamaqua, Mahanoy City, and Frackville.

Learn about some of the area businesses and things to do from the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Locust Lake State Park is close to several state parks and one state forest, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Tuscarora State Park

When viewed from the lake or the day-use area, Locust Mountain seems to drop right into the southern side of Tuscarora Lake. The scenic picnic area plays host to many trips and family reunions and the lake is a popular fishing spot.

The 1,618-acre Tuscarora State Park is home to the park office and visitor center for Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks.

Lehigh Gorge State Park

The 6,107-acre Lehigh Gorge State Park is characterized by a deep, steep-walled gorge carved by a river, thick vegetation, rock outcroppings, and waterfalls.

In Luzerne and Carbon counties in eastern Pennsylvania, the park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park.

Weiser State Forest

The nearly 30,000-acre Weiser State Forest is located in the ridge and valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. The forest offers many outdoor opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping, and even hang gliding.

Weiser State Forest contains approximately 114 of the 229 miles that the Appalachian Trail covers in Pennsylvania, four miles of which are located on state forest land.

Beltzville State Park

The 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park features the 949-acre Beltzville Lake, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and is a destination for boaters and anglers. The sand beach and picnic pavilions are very popular.

Other recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and hunting.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

State Game Lands 222 is located a short drive south of the park and offers additional recreational opportunities.

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas

Heritage Areas protect, enhance, and promote Pennsylvania’s historic, natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

The Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area is Pennsylvania’s first designated Scenic River. It has been instrumental in shaping the nation’s heritage for more than 300 years, playing an important role in three revolutions: the American, Industrial, and Environmental.