Big Pocono State Park

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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Local hikers say the view from this hike is the best in the Poconos. The mountain path is rocky in sections, with odd boulder formations. Once through the rocky section, you come to a flat, grassy area for the sweeping view and then loop back to the mountaintop for three more vistas. Big Pocono State Park is located at the very top of Camelback Mountain (elevation 1,566 feet.) While Camelback’s elevation is less than half that of the highest point in the state (Mount Davis, at 3,213 feet above sea level), it feels higher simply because it’s so steep. It is the mountain’s sheer drop that gets your attention. Our hike starts at Parking Area 1 in the center of the park. This is where you’ll find the bulletin boards, restrooms, picnic areas, fi re tower, heliport, tourist overlooks, and the stone cabin that was once used as park headquarters.
Hiking the Poconos

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Hiking the Poconos

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

Local hikers say the view from this hike is the best in the Poconos. The mountain path is rocky in sections, with odd boulder formations. Once through the rocky section, you come to a flat, grassy area for the sweeping view and then loop back to the mountaintop for three more vistas.

Big Pocono State Park is located at the very top of Camelback Mountain (elevation 1,566 feet.) While Camelback’s elevation is less than half that of the highest point in the state (Mount Davis, at 3,213 feet above sea level), it feels higher simply because it’s so steep. It is the mountain’s sheer drop that gets your attention.

Our hike starts at Parking Area 1 in the center of the park. This is where you’ll find the bulletin boards, restrooms, picnic areas, fi re tower, heliport, tourist overlooks, and the stone cabin that was once used as park headquarters.

© 2009 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: East Stroudsburg
Distance: 4.1
Elevation Gain: 420 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round; caution advised during hunting seasons
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Big Pocono State Park, Tannersville, c/o Tobyhanna State Park, Tobyhanna; (570) 894-8336; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/bigpocono.aspx
Local Maps: USGS: Mount Pocono; Big Pocono State Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Pocono State Park

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