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Lehigh Gorge State Park
Lehigh Gorge State Park is in Luzerne and Carbon counties. The park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end. A deep gorge, steep walls and thick vegetation, rock outcroppings and many waterfalls characterize the entire park. Lehigh Gorge Trail, 26 miles of abandoned railroad grade, follows the river throughout the park providing opportunities for hiking, bicycling, sight-seeing and photography. The northern section from the Francis E. Walter Dam to Sandy Run is stocked with trout.
Nescopeck State Park
Bordered on the south by steeply rising Mount Yeager and on the north by Nescopeck Mountain, Nescopeck State Park encompasses 3,550 acres in Butler and Dennison townships. Nescopeck features 19 miles of forest trails. Many of the trails begin along Honey Hole Road. Trails traverse through forests, fields and wetlands. Several trails lead to and parallel beautiful Nescopeck Creek.
Ricketts Glen State Park
There is no question that Ricketts Glen is one of the most beautiful places on Earth; it is one of the most popular state parks in Pennsylvania. The 13,050-acre park includes two deep gorges that meet among giant pines. They create 22 waterfalls, including 94-foot Ganoga Falls. A steep foot trail passes through stands of giant pines, hemlocks and oaks in the scenic gorge. Many of the trees in the area are 500 years old. Although the Falls Trail leading into the Glens Natural Area is a considerably difficult hike, the rewards of climbing into the Glens area of the park will leave you with a sense of awe as you contemplate the beauty of nature, and a real sense of accomplishment at having mastered the difficult stone steps that lead into this gloriously beautiful natural setting.
Frances Slocum State Park
Frances Slocum State Park, a 1,035-acre woodland park, is located in the northwestern part of Luzerne County. The primary attraction is a 165-acre, horseshoeshaped lake that offers plenty of opportunity for boating (electric motors only) and fishing. Frances Slocum Lake has catch-able populations of crappie, bluegill, perch, catfish, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and walleye. The park features a 100-site campground with 15 walk-in tent sites and 85 tent or trailer sites (some with electric hookups). Five marked hiking trails wind for nine miles throughout the park.