Poconos Journals

Big Pocono State Park

An October 2004 trip to Poconos by Laalasa

Big Pocono State Park Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Contrary to its name, Big Pocono State Park is actually small -- around 1,300 acres, on Camelback Mountain in Monroe county of north-eastern Pennsylvania.

Big Pocono State Park

Overview

Big Pocono State Park Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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Big Pocono State Park is situated on Camelback Mountain (known for the ski resort with the same name.) The road, after winding its way up, does a 1.5-mile loop on the top.

There are several parking areas with short hikes down the slope and to the edge of steep drop-offs. This small park boasts 50 or so picnic benches and 7 miles of hiking and horseback-riding trails. The adjacent State Game Lands 3, 38, and 943 offer hunting activities.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

This park is easily accessible from I-80. Take exit 299 onto PA 715 and follow the directions to Big Pocono State Park.

Big Pocono State Park

Attraction | "Walking and Scenic Vistas"

Big Pocono State Park Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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Big Pocono State Park is the place to be for panoramic bird’s eye views of miles and miles of fall colors. The Delaware Gap National Recreational Area, just 10 miles to the east, draws most of the crowds away. We had our first wildlife encounter here. We hiked about a mile out down the slope and came to a truly breathtaking overlook point. We got off the trail and sat on the edge of the cliff. After about 15 minutes of utter silence and soaking it in, my husband turned around to get up and less than 15 feet away, blocking the entrance to the trail, was a big jet-black jungle cat with yellow eyes. We stood up and started yelling with our hands raised (as we were told to do on one of our ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2004

Big Pocono State Park
Exit 299 of I-80
Poconos, Pennsylvania 18466
(570) 894-8336