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Lackawanna State Park, Dalton

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
Lackawanna State Park is a 1445acre Pennsylvania state park in Benton and North Abington Townships, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Lake Lackawanna, a 198acre man-made lake, is the central focus of recreation at the park. Lackawanna State Park is located near Dalton on Pennsylvania Route 524 just off exit 199 of Interstate 81.HistoryIndian PathLackawanna State Park is named for the nearby valley of the Lackawanna River. The word comes from the Lenape "le-can-hanna", meaning "stream that forks". This native tribe occupied the area for many years using a trail that led north to the territories of present-day New York state. The first white settlers in the area used this same path as well and gradually built homes and farms along this route.Racecourse, railroads, and farmsThe farmers of the Lackawanna Valley organized a fair in 1898. This fair, named the Maitland Fair and Driving Park Association, was held for at least twelve years. A horse racing course was built on the fairgrounds on what is currently the park campgrounds. Ownership of the land next fell into the hands of the a small railroad that felt it was being overcharged for water by the Scranton Gas and Water Company. The railroad had intended to build a reservoir to meet its needs for water. The plans for the building of the reservoir were dropped when the railroad and water company reached an agreement over the price of water. Next the land was rented to farmers by the railroad and later by Robert Moffat, a prominent Scranton coal baron. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the land in 1968. The state built constructed Lake Lackawanna and opened the park to the public on June 10, 1972.
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  • Our family went camping for three days (non/electric site) last week. The park itself is gorgeous, especially with the leaves turning color and falling with the breeze (although this makes it difficul...  read more »
  • My wife and I were here about a month ago and it's a beautiful park. It's well kept and has a lot to offer. We picnicked by the lake and took a long walk. There was a catch and release fishing tournam...  read more »
  • Great outdoor experence, now they have a new pool with water attrections for children. Hiking trails, biking trails. Great camping area. If you like the outdoors you will love Lackawanna State park. 
  • Love this park. I have stayed in this area for more than 6 years and visited this park in all seasons. This park has something for all age groups. Recently they have added the new pool with fun water activities for children which is big plus. Apart from that you can book the pavilions for gathering, rent kayak, ride bike or go on hike on the marked trails. Never camped but I have see camp sites then look great. Overall this is great place to spend your weekend. Visit in fall.
  • It is supreamly well kept and is suitable for hosting any outdoor adventure you could imagine. It would definitely be a place I would take my kids for a day trip due to the abundant activities they offer: pavillions & grill, large fields to kick a ball around in, ample seating and restrooms, a snack station, soda/water vending machines, fishing spots, pool/ kid water mushroom fountain, row/paddle boating, kayaking for 1 or 2, hiking, interesting near by town exporling / near by landmarks. Despite the fun filled day you can have, I personally won't give camping another chance there again. It was way too dark, due to the lack of people, dense forest, and natural dirt embankment of the campsite. Way too natural for me with all the wild life we encountered at night. So even though during the day you could have a wonderful time, I chalked up my weekend there to be an erie experience that left a bad taste in my mouth.
  • This rating is based mainly off of the trails the park has to offer. If you're a mountain bike rider this is some of the best riding in NEPA. The trails are extremely well kept and there's quite the variety - some for every skill level. The rest of the park is well kept and it offers something for the whole family.
  • It's great.....used to be States Creek swimming area... Now it has grown up into a beautiful park with open areas and lots of activities year Manny Gordon always said..."Enjoy, Enjoy"
  • Great place to hangout on a beautiful day. Boating and tons of trails. You can camp too, though I personally have never camped here. There's an actual swimming pool you can swim at on the location.
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