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Hiking at Tobyhanna State Park

10 miles of trails

The rugged terrain of Tobyhanna State Park makes for challenging but rewarding hiking. All trails are blazed. Double blazes indicates a change of direction or a junction of two trails.

Follow these rules for a safe hike:

  • An adult should accompany children
  • Be sure to wear hiking boots
  • Motor vehicles are not permitted on the trails, except snowmobiles are permitted on designated trails

Tobyhanna State Park Trail Map (PDF)

Trail Definitions

Difficulty Ratings

Easiest -- For beginner trail users. Grade is gentle with few obstacles.
More Difficult -- For the majority of trail users. Grade is steeper and trails narrower with embedded rocks or roots on the trail surface.
Most Difficult -- For trail users with advanced skills. Grade is steep and provides a definite physical challenge. Routes may not be well marked. Elevation gain or loss is severe.

Trail Route Type

Loop -- Start and end at the same location and follow a single trail to form a loop.
Out-and-back -- Start and end at a trailhead and follow a single trail to an endpoint or specific point of interest, then return along the same route.
Point-to-point -- Trails are generally longer in distance and parks may often contain only a portion of the trail within their boundary. Hiker starts and ends in different locations, often requiring a shuttle.
Connector -- Begin and end in connection with another trail or trails but do not terminate at a trailhead.

Frank Gantz Trail

1.9 miles in the park, 3.2 miles total  |  Most difficult hiking  |  Point-to-point trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restroom

The 3.2-mile trail connects Tobyhanna State Park and Gouldsboro State Park. The trail travels through the Black Bear and Bender Swamps Natural Area. 

Lakeside Trail

5.1 miles  |  Easiest hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Blue blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing recommended
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, potable water, picnic tables, benches

Lakeside travels completely around Tobyhanna Lake and provides wonderful opportunities for wildlife watching and fishing. It also passes though the campground and beach areas.

Range Trail

2.75 miles  |  More difficult hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

Range Trail runs from Lakeside Trail to a small parking area long State Route 196. The trail offers travels through Bender Swamp and a boulder field.