No matter what brings someone to the Pocono Mountains for the first time, the fresh air, mountain views, and opportunity for unparalleled adventure are what keeps people coming back. Experience it for yourself! The best way to fully embrace the beauty of the area is at one of the incredible Pocono State Parks. Anything that the adventurous spirit desires is waiting to be discovered.
Follow our guide to the best state parks right here to get started! While you’re planning your trip, don’t forget to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. With information on all of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and events, our guide is the only way to ensure an unforgettable mountain getaway!
The Best State Parks in the Poconos
Big Pocono State Park
Nothing (within reason) is off limits in Big Pocono State Park. Between the miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, and stunning natural wildlife, spending a day here is an absolute must. There’s a reason Big Pocono is the most visited state park in the Poconos. The park is also one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the fall foliage or go skiing in the winter.
Tobyhanna State Park
Whether you enjoy the marvel at the mountain views or spend the day casting a line in one of the state’s best fishing spots, Tobyhanna State Park is another excellent option for outdoor adventure. The park features 5,540 acres of untouched wilderness and surrounds the beautiful Tobyhanna Lake, whose surface looks like polished glass as it reflects the natural beauty of the area. Start planning your trip now!
Hickory Run State Park
Winding hiking trails carve their way past stunning natural waterfalls and towering birch trees in Hickory Run State Park. This state park is home to nearly 16,000 acres of wilderness, making it one of the largest in the area! From camping and wildlife observation to hunting and disc golfing, there’s no shortage of excitement waiting for you within the park’s expansive perimeter.
Beltzville State Park
Beltzville State Park offers a great day out on Beltzville Lake! Whether you want to go swimming at the 500 feet of sandy shoreline, fishing for trout, rent a boat, or stand up paddle you can do it all Beltzville Lake!
Promised Land State Park
If you are looking to hike above sea level, Promised Land State Park is the perfect place! With 50 miles of prime hiking, this state park offers unbelievable views of lakes, waterfalls, and birds. The wildlife watching is phenomenal, birdwatchers will be happy to find Blackburnian warblers and bald eagles.
Where to Call Home in the Pocono Mountains
Over the rolling hills of the Pocono Mountains, the Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi presents guests with an unmatched option for mountain living. Blending the quaint and secluded atmosphere of the Poconos with the sophistication and elegance of a modern hotel, our lodge is the best place to stay in the Pocono Mountains.
You’ll love the excellent amenities at Mountaintop Lodge, which include a complimentary breakfast each morning and free access to all the facilities at Lake Naomi Club, just minutes down the road. That means you can use the Community Center, swim in the pools and the lake, go boating, use the sports courts—whatever you’d like!