Promised Land Professional Review and Guide
"Local legend has it that Shakers migrated to this area in hopes of finding good farmland. When they cleared the trees, however, they found the ground to be too rocky to farm. When the Shakers decided to abandon their efforts, they sarcastically named it the Promised Land. In 1902 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the land, which by then was further damaged by erosion and fire. With the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps and nature’s own rejuvenation, the land slowly returned to forest and was opened in 1905 as a recreational park.
The Promised Land State Park is surrounded by the Delaware State Forest, which offers lots of mountain biking opportunities. Within the state forest is the beautiful 2,765-acre Bruce Lake Natural Area, which encompasses two lakes and an expansive wetlands with unique bog flora and a few resident black bear. Although this natural area is closed to riding, exploring it is well worth the hike. Highlights: great woodland riding with a technical edge; the unique Bruce Lake Natural Area; views of the tornado destruction of 1998; state park amenities, which include camping, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming environmental education programs, rental cabins, equestrian trails, and, food concessions."