Promised Land

Greentown, Pennsylvania

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Greentown
Distance: 18.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,990 feet
Top Elevation: 2,010 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Parks 888-PA-PARKS
Local Maps: USGS Newfoundland, Promised Land; DCNR Pennsylvania State Parks: Promised Land State Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to Promised Land

Recent Trail Reviews

8/14/2008
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6/18/2006
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We did the suggested ride and a few other loops that were also marked for snowmobiling. I'm a true intermediate, my boyfriend is more advanced and we both had a great time. It is very rocky and there's a great balance of terrain ... no significant climbs/drops but still beautiful and fun. We did the loop twice and then retraced for another hour or so, making for a decent day. Most importantly, the trails are extremely well marked and we were actually able to do the loop without stopping every few minutes and bickering over which way we're supposed to go or what we think such-and-such trail is.


5/24/2006
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I went mountain biking in the Promised Land last weekend, and I have to say that while it's terrificly beautiful, it wasn't horribly challenging. Mainly, the difficulties you'll encounter are in the form of lots of loose rock, rather than the more interesting steep ascents and descents that you can find at other parks in the area. I give it a 3 on difficulty, and a 4 on beauty, out of a possible 5.


5/11/2006
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Reviewer below should put a mirror up to themselves as author does not advocate for riding in the Bruce Lake area...matter of fact he recommends hiking it! I just downloaded this ride and hope to check it out soon, but I''ll keep my eye out for the only "jerk" on a bike in the Natural Area who didn''t even have the balls to post his name.


9/6/2000
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we ride here several times a year but who ever put this on the net is a jerk bruce lake is a natural area an is not open to mt biking it is better to keep to your self if you ride there



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