Nescopeck State Park

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Some state parks just seem so remote and out in the middle of nowhere that they’re hard to resist. This newly refurbished state park is just such a spot. The trail here begins on a wide grassy road that leads to the banks of Nescopeck Creek, which is listed as a high-quality coldwater fishery. From there you go through a swamp and then on to Frances Lake. This is a great hike for children and a great place to spend a day. This is an easy hike that just about anyone could do. The majority of the hike is on an abandoned forest road that has turned into a wide, grassy footpath. When you do leave the main trail, you enter the forest on a typical forest footpath that gets you up close and personal with a huge beaver pond and then the nine-acre Lake Frances. There is also a section where the trail leads you through a deeply shaded pine forest.
Hiking the Poconos

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Hiking the Poconos

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

Some state parks just seem so remote and out in the middle of nowhere that they’re hard to resist. This newly refurbished state park is just such a spot. The trail here begins on a wide grassy road that leads to the banks of Nescopeck Creek, which is listed as a high-quality coldwater fishery. From there you go through a swamp and then on to Frances Lake. This is a great hike for children and a great place to spend a day.

This is an easy hike that just about anyone could do. The majority of the hike is on an abandoned forest road that has turned into a wide, grassy footpath. When you do leave the main trail, you enter the forest on a typical forest footpath that gets you up close and personal with a huge beaver pond and then the nine-acre Lake Frances. There is also a section where the trail leads you through a deeply shaded pine forest.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilkes-Barre
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 165 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round; caution advised during hunting seasons
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Nescopeck State Park, Drums; (570) 403-2006; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/
Local Maps: USGS: Freeland, Whitehaven; Nescopeck State Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to Nescopeck State Park

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