Gouldsboro State Park

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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You start this hike near the shore of Gouldsboro Lake; pick up the rocky Prospect Rock Trail that leads you first to Prospect Rock, an interesting rock outcrop; then it’s downhill to a swampy area. Once through the swamp you get on a decommissioned highway that leads to a park road that delivers you back to the lake. Gouldsboro State Park lies adjacent to and just west of Tobyhanna State Park. The parks are more or less divided by a single north–south railroad line that was once part of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. The nearby town of Gouldsboro and the park are named after Jay Gould, a nineteenth-century American entrepreneur and railroad tycoon who once owned nearly 10 percent of all the rail lines in the United States, including the Erie Railroad.
Hiking the Poconos

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Hiking the Poconos

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

You start this hike near the shore of Gouldsboro Lake; pick up the rocky Prospect Rock Trail that leads you first to Prospect Rock, an interesting rock outcrop; then it’s downhill to a swampy area. Once through the swamp you get on a decommissioned highway that leads to a park road that delivers you back to the lake.

Gouldsboro State Park lies adjacent to and just west of Tobyhanna State Park. The parks are more or less divided by a single north–south railroad line that was once part of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. The nearby town of Gouldsboro and the park are named after Jay Gould, a nineteenth-century American entrepreneur and railroad tycoon who once owned nearly 10 percent of all the rail lines in the United States,
including the Erie Railroad.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: East Stroudsburg
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round; caution advised during hunting seasons
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro State Parks, Tobyhanna; (570) 894-8336; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/tobyhanna.aspx; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/gouldsboro.aspx
Local Maps: USGS: Tobyhanna; Gouldsboro State Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to Gouldsboro State Park

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