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Hiking at Nockamixon State Park

The hiking trails of the park explore forests, fields, and the edge of the lake. For the safety of all park users, dogs must be leashed and under physical control while in the park. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Sterner Mill Hiking Area

1.8 miles, more difficult hiking

The southwest corner of the park has several loop trails that pass near the lake. Hikers can see a small pond, rock outcroppings, lake views, and pass through hardwood forests and pine plantations. These trails are closed to horses.

High Bridge Trail

1.2 miles, more difficult hiking

This wooded hiking trail runs along both sides of Tohickon Creek from the Weisel Hostel to the High Bridge on PA 563 and Quarry Trail. This trail connects the Sterner Mill Hiking Area with the hostel.

Quarry Trail

2.65 miles, more difficult hiking

This trail winds through old foundations which are remnants of a summer camp. The trail provides a spectacular view of the lake and an overlook of the old quarry that provided building material for area structures. The trail can be accessed from the Kahagon Road Parking Lot off PA 563 or Old Bethlehem Road.

Old Mill Trail

5.6 miles, more difficult hiking

This trail crosses the stream at the old mill pond and passes across the top of the stone dam breast. Hikers pass through a mature woodlot, pine plantations, and walk a loop that follows the lake shore. Access the trail from the western terminus of the Paved Bicycle Trail, from the gravel lot on Deerwood Lane, or from Old Bethlehem Road.

Old Haycock Road

1.3 miles, easiest hiking

This hiking trail is an old road that reaches the lake. The trail begins behind the gate at the Haycock Boat Launch.

Southside of the Lake Trails

13.5 miles, easiest hiking

Established trails extend most of the way along the south shore of the lake. Park land on this side of the lake is narrow at spots but there still is a two-way “loop” of trails and many parking lots for creating hikes of various lengths.


  • Elephant (4.6 miles
  • Church (5.1 miles)
  • Mink (3.8 miles)

Other Trails

The paved, two-mile bicycle trail can be hiked, as well as the 10 miles of mountain biking trails, but please be considerate of bike riders.