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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

Lakeside Trail

5.1 miles, easiest hiking

This improved trail has a hardened base for hiking and bicycling in summer and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter. Although not recommended for people with disabilities, wheelchair users have completed the trail. Part of the trail is on the paved road. Allow at least 2.5 hours to complete the entire trail around Tobyhanna Lake.

Range Trail

3.3 miles, more difficult hiking

It is a 6.6-mile walk from the trailhead on Lakeside Trail to PA 196 and back. Allow three hours for this trip. Range Trail is a very demanding hike and should not be attempted without the proper hiking footwear. An adult should accompany children and no one should hike the trail alone.

Be prepared to ‘rock hop’ and cross a few minor wet areas. This trail follows the border of the Black Bear and Bender Swamps Natural Area and passes through several other wetlands and boulder fields created by the last glacial period.

Frank Gantz Trail

3.2 miles, most difficult hiking

Frank Gantz Trail connects to Tobyhanna State Park at Lakeside Trail to Gouldsboro State Park in the south day use parking lot. Children should not hike this trail without adult supervision. Special care is needed to cross PA Route 4013 (Tobyhanna Road). This is a very demanding trail with many areas where ‘rock hopping’ is necessary. Good hiking boots are essential to a pleasant and safe hike. Allow at least three hours for a round trip.