Views from Big Pocono State Park

View south from Big Pocono State Park

View south from Big Pocono State Park

While driving home through the Poconos on a clear September day, I couldn’t pass up a chance to do a little exploring.  So we made the drive up to Big Pocono State Park to take in the views.  I was there several years ago on a hazy spring day, so it was nice to see the views on a clear day.  I was impressed to be able to see the Catskills, about a hundred miles away.  I could also see a vast section of the Appalachian Trail, from New Jersey all the way to the Hawk Mountain area near Port Clinton.  The top of the mountain has a stunted forest of trees.  The views are truly vast.  With Autumn quickly approaching, this is the place to go to see the foliage.

The state park has 8 miles of trails, many of them are also open to mountain biking.  The park is only open during the day.

More info on the park.

More pictures.

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One thought on “Views from Big Pocono State Park

  1. I really enjoy hiking here. I start at the bottom at the entrance known as Riday’s Gate (off of Railroad Rd). The beginning is a mixed use trail that is an old railroad grade. It goes through some beautiful forests and has some really cool rock formations. While it is open to mountain bikers, I have’t seen more than one or two on any given trip. By starting here and doing all of the trails in the park, you can end up with a really satisfying 10 mile hike. I included Big Pocono in something I wrote for KTA about hikes to do in autumn in eastern PA: http://redrawthemap.com/2014/09/25/six-hikes-to-do-in-eastern-pennsylvania-this-autumn/ Two hikes from your book are also featured (Flat Top Vista and your Canyon Vista loop at World’s End).

    I guess I’ll just have to comment on your blog from now on (RIP the old Backpacker Forums).
    -Philly Mike

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