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Hiking at Nescopeck State Park

19 miles of trails

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 the beautiful Nescopeck Creek.

Prepare for a Safe Hike

For every hike, even on trails less than a mile -- Always carry water, a park map, and wear appropriate footwear. Cell phones are unreliable in the forest and are not an alternative to a paper map.

For longer adventures -- Pack high-energy snacks, more water, and layers for changing weather conditions. Stay well fueled and hydrated for a more enjoyable experience.

Before embarking on your next adventure, consider:

    • Trail length, trail difficulty, and fitness level of your group -- On the park map, most trail lengths are one-way. Double the trail length to return to the starting location.
    • Weather forecast -- Be aware of possible upcoming weather and pack accordingly.
    • Time of day -- The park closes at sunset. Plan to leave the park well before sunset.
    • Have a plan B -- Be flexible! Sometimes changing to a better day or a different trail results in a safer experience.

Trail Guidelines

  • Trails are marked with blue blazes.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash.
  • Biking is prohibited on all trails at Nescopeck State Park, but is permitted at nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park on the rail-trail.

The letter by the trail names matches the letter on the park map.

A -- Lupine Loop

0.7 mile, more difficult hiking

This trail travels through the woods and follows a stretch of the Nescopeck Creek. It is possible to connect to Farmstead Trail from Lupine Loop.

B -- Farmstead Trail

1.4 miles, easiest hiking

This trail travels through woods, fields, and follows the Nescopeck Creek. It is possible to connect to Lupine Loop from Farmstead Trail.

C -- Wood Frog Trail

1.1 miles, easiest hiking

This small loop travels through the woods. Swamp Trail can be used to shorten the hike.

D -- Swamp Trail

0.1 mile, easiest hiking

This is a connector trail that cuts Wood Frog Loop in half. It can only be accessed by hiking Wood Frog Loop.

E -- Creekside Trail

1.6 miles, easiest hiking

This wooded trail follows the Nescopeck Creek.

F -- Fern Trail

0.3 mile, easiest hiking

This is a connector trail and can only be accessed by hiking Creekside Trail.

G -- Nescopeck Trail

1.6 miles, more difficult hiking

This trail travels through the woods and past the Nescopeck Creek.

H -- Hill Trail

0.2 mile, easiest hiking

This is a connector trail and can only be accessed by hiking Nescopeck Trail.

I -- Lake Trail

0.6 mile, easiest hiking

This short loop encircles Lake Frances and is one of the most popular trails in the park. It is entirely contained within the safety zone. A self-guided brochure (PDF) with numbered educational stops is available for Lake Trail at the park office.

J -- Woodland Way

1.8 miles, easiest hiking

This wooded trail begins next to the visitor center and includes unnamed connector trails to Honey Hole Road.

K -- Grouse Trail

1.4 miles, easiest hiking

This trail connects to Woodland Way Trail.

L -- Mountain Loop

3.0 miles, most difficult hiking

This trail travels through the woods and is the most difficult trail in the park. It is the only one with a noticeable elevation change.

M -- Oak Trail

1.3 miles, more difficult hiking

This is a connector trail to Mountain Loop and begins are Lake Frances Road. Lake Frances Road is currently closed and gated, so access this trail would require additional hiking up Lake Frances Road.

N -- Reilly Loop

0.3 mile, easiest hiking

This short wooded loop travels through our Nature Discovery Area, the woods, and past creeks and a pond. It is a fun trail for kids.

O -- Red Rock Trail

 1.1 miles, easiest hiking

This wooded trail follows the Nescopeck Creek and is accessed by hiking the Nescopeck Trail or Woodland Way Trail.