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What Are the Best Things to Do at Promised Land State Park?

Promised Land State Park is a 3,000-acre nature area in the Poconos that’s surrounded by Delaware State Forest. It sits within the Pocono Plateau and has an elevation of 1,800 feet, which situates it among some of the highest summits in the area. This Pennsylvania state park is a great destination for summer and winter activities, as it boasts everything from mountain biking to cross-country skiing and ice skating. It’s located about a 40-minute drive from Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi, so it’s the perfect spot for a day trip during your getaway to the Pocono Mountains! 

When you’re ready to staring planning, request a copy of our free Poconos Vacation Guide! This free resource is filled with local insight on what to do during your trip to our area. 

Top 8 Things to Do at Promised Land State Park

1. Hike Promised Land State Park

At 1,800 feet above sea level, Promised Land State Park has great opportunities for hiking trails that lead to unmatched views. Fifty miles worth, to be exact! The expansive Delaware State Forest surrounds this Pennsylvania state park, and many hiking trails explore both areas. This way, hikers can get a two-for-one special on fantastic views. Hikes at Promised Land State Park lead to lakes, waterfalls, and more! We recommend hiking this park in the early summer, from mid-May through mid-June, when the local flora and fauna bloom. 

2. Mountain Bike through Delaware State Forest

Those seeking a thrill will love mountain biking through the Delaware State Forest. Choose between paved roads or rugged trails for your two-wheeled adventure. The trails in this forest vary in difficulty, so there’s something for every skill level. We recommend mountain biking in autumn to whiz through the oak, maple, and hemlock trees sporting their most beautiful fall foliage. 

3. Wildlife Watch in the Pocono Plateau

Our area’s natural beauty extends beyond its picturesque landscape. The Poconos is a haven for a diverse range of wildlife. Promised Land State Park offers a unique opportunity to see species in their habitat. The park is home to various wildlife, with the most populous species being bright-colored birds like Blackburnian warblers. Visitors can also expect to encounter a variety of reptiles and amphibians. From early spring through mid-summer, a pair of Bald eagles can be spotted nesting in the park, providing a rare and exciting sight. However, it’s important to note that while black bear sightings have been reported, it’s not advisable to actively seek them out as they are wild and potentially dangerous.

4. Fishing at the Lakes

Promised Land Lake, which is 422 acres in size, and Lower Lake, which is 173 acres in size, are stocked with various fish species, making them prime fishing spots. Common catches include trout, bass, perch, and bluegill. Fishing is permitted from the shoreline or by non-powered boats. You’ll need a Pennsylvania fishing license for those 16 and older. For convenience, you can rent boats and purchase bait and basic fishing gear at the park. Surrounded by the park’s beauty, anglers can enjoy excellent fishing in the Poconos, which has peaceful mornings and evenings by the water.


5. Stargazing

Promised Land State Park is an excellent location for stargazing due to its remote setting and minimal light pollution. The park’s dark skies provide clear views of stars, planets, and meteor showers. Popular stargazing spots include the open areas near the lakes and the day-use picnic areas. Great times for stargazing are during the new moon phase when the sky is darkest. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, telescopes, and binoculars for the best experience.

6. Visit the Masker Museum

Located near the amphitheater, the Masker Museum offers a fascinating look into the region’s history and natural heritage. Exhibits showcase artifacts, displays about the Civilian Conservation Corps work in the park, and displays about the diverse plant and animal life found in the park. The museum is in a rustic log cabin building that adds to the experience. It’s a great rainy day activity from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

7. Cool Off at the Beach

When the summer temperatures rise, the sandy beaches at Promised Land Lake are the perfect place to cool off. You can swim at the main beach by the Day Use Picnic Area or at the end of Pickerel Point. No lifeguards are on duty; children must be with someone 14 or older. A refreshment stand is open throughout the summer from 12 PM to 6 PM. The beaches have picnic tables and grills, making it great for spending the day enjoying the sun and water with family and friends.

8. Boating

Visitors can rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats to explore the park’s lakes during the summer. There are two lakes, Promised Land Lake and Lower Lake, with five boat ramps. Boating offers a tranquil way to take in the park’s beauty from the water. Paddling through the calm waters allows visitors to see the park from a different perspective and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Life jackets are provided with rentals, and park officials recommend wearing them at all times while on the water.

Stay at the Best Hotel Near Promised Land State Park 

Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi is one of the best hotels near Promised Land State Park. Not only are we a short distance from this attraction — we’re also near other Poconos state parks! Mountaintop Lodge offers the best location in the Poconos for adventure seekers. 

Consider a stay in our Traditional Room No. 2 — Poconos. This accommodation has a queen-size bed fitted with luxury linens, a dressing area, a private bathroom, and beautiful views from the windows. 

Check our availability and start planning your mountain retreat!

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