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COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 1/19/2021:  Effective Sunday December 6, 2020

  • All in-person programs are canceled until at least March 31st.

  • This cancelation includes all State Park and Forestry hosted events and festivals.

  • Virtual and self-guided programs will be offered.  Check the calendar of events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ for scheduled programs.

Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least March 31, 2021:

  • Visitor centers exhibit halls and interpretive areas will be closed

Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors

  • The PA Department of Health aligned its quarantine guidance for people exposed to COVID-19 with the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This guidance provides an option for a 10-day quarantine without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day-five of quarantine.

  • If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania.

  • The incubation period for COVID-19 remains at 14 days and it is still most protective to quarantine for the full two weeks. However, the CDC has affirmed that quarantine can end after 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms, or after seven days if the person tests negative and has no symptoms.

  • This does not change the need for Pennsylvanians to continue to wear masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, and social distance. These efforts must continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.     If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

We require guests to cancel if they are unable to honor the order.  The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.

If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

Caution: Please be advised that hunting season is open and permitted in designated areas within state parks.  For your protection, all visitors should take proper precautions such as wearing a fluorescent orange vest and hat while recreating in areas of the park that are open to hunting during your visit.  If you have questions please contact the park office.

SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.

Nescopeck State Park

Bordered on the south by steep Mount Yeager and on the north by Nescopeck Mountain, the 3,550-acre Nescopeck State Park encompasses wetlands, rich forests, and many diverse habitats. Nescopeck Creek, a favorite of anglers, meanders through the park. Hiking trails follow the creek, pass through quiet forests, and skirt wetlands.

An environmental education center provides year-round educational programs on the park’s diverse resources. Interpretive exhibits highlighting the park’s natural history can be seen inside the environmental education center.

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. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

Pennsylvania map that shows the location of Nescopeck State Park 

Directions

Traveling east on I-80

  • Take Exit 262 (Hazleton, Mountain Top - PA 309).
  • Follow PA 309 south about 0.75 mile.
  • Turn left onto Honey Hole Road. The park begins along Honey Hole Road a short distance east of the I-80 underpass.
  • Travel an additional 3.5 miles along Honey Hole Road to enter the Lake Frances Day Use Area. It is on the right just opposite the gated Lake Frances Road.

Traveling West on I-80

  • Take Exit 273 (White Haven, Freeland).
  • Turn right onto PA 940.
  • At the stop sign, go straight onto PA 437 for about 4.5 miles.
  • Directly after the power lines, turn left onto Honey Hole Road.
  • Travel 2.5 miles to enter the Lake Frances Day Use Area. It is on the left opposite the gated Lake Frances Road.

From Wilkes-Barre

  • Take PA 309 south.
  • After passing under I-80, travel about 0.75 mile and turn left onto Honey Hole Road. The park begins along Honey Hole Road a short distance east of the I-80 underpass.
  • Travel an additional 3.5 miles along Honey Hole Road to enter the Lake Frances Day Use Area. It is on the right just opposite the gated Lake Frances Road.

GPS DD: Lat. 41.09074  Long. -75.88055

Circular map that shows the roads surrounding Nescopeck State Park 

Visitor Center

Opened in May of 2004, the Raphael J. Musto Visitors and Environmental Education Center and Park Office serves as a point of contact for visitors and offers a lobby with natural history exhibits, restrooms, and a classroom.

Green Building

The facility was designed as a green building using many sustainable strategies and techniques that focus on energy efficiency, resource conservation, and indoor environmental quality. Some of these features include:

Building Construction Materials

  • Biodegradable or recycled content materials such as ceramic floor tiles, carpeting, insulation
  • Less lumber due to glue laminated beams and columns and engineered wood joist floor framing
  • Long-lasting fiber cement siding and aluminum roof
  • Low VOC paints
  • Natural materials such as brick, slate, and concrete

Conservation & Energy Saving Amenities

  • Low-flow toilets and automatic shut-off faucets 
  • Automatic hand dryers reduce paper towel waste 
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system 
  • Large operable windows & skylights maximize use of natural daylight and ventilation

Outdoors

  • Stabilized turf in parking lots reduces runoff 
  • Rain barrel collection from roof runoff used to water landscaping and butterfly garden
  • Native plantings in landscaping & butterfly garden

Learn, Experience, Connect

Year-round staff provides environmental education programming for local schools and recreational programs for park visitors.

The park’s education program strives to teach about the natural world and critical environmental issues facing society. Special emphasis is placed on the education of Nescopeck’s unique, natural biodiversity.

School students engage in hands-on activities, exploring, and learning about ecosystems within the park to further their awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural environment.

Educators offer DCNR’s Watershed Education program to area:

  • High schools
  • Teachers
  • Other groups interested in learning about complex issues within their watersheds

Teacher workshops based on state and national environmental education curricula, as they relate to Department of Education academic standards, are also offered.

A variety of interpretive and recreational programs are available for park visitors. These programs focus on the natural, historical, and cultural features of the park and region.

In addition to offering quality educational programs, the park is an outdoor natural laboratory for visiting biologists, college interns, and resource professionals involved in an array of research projects.

Nature Discovery Area

Visit the Nature Discovery Area located by the butterfly garden near the park office. This area has been designed to nurture children’s sense of wonder by encouraging nature play.

The Nature Discovery Area Brochure (PDF) has more information.

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.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton
700 East Broad Street
Hazleton, PA 18201
570-501-4000

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