Promised Land State Park, Greentown
(4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Promised Land State Park is a Pennsylvania state park in Blooming Grove, Greene and Palmyra Townships, Pike County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The approximately 3000acre park is mostly surrounded by Delaware State Forest. It is in the Poconos and sits at 1800ft. The second growth forests in Promised Land State Park are made up of beech, maple, oak and hemlock trees. There are two lakes within the boundaries of the park. Promised Land State Park is 10mi north of Canadensis on Pennsylvania Route 390.Promised Land State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of State Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".HistoryThe name is an ironic commentary of the immigrant residents in the 18th and 19th centuries who had been dazzled by promotional promises of the supposed wonders of the land they were buying, reflecting their later relative disappointment.
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  • We stayed 3 nights at a Pickeral Point electric site within view of the lake last week. What a treat. The site (101) was relatively level, clean and was just what we had hoped for. There was no water ...  more »
  • Visited promise land last wknd it was so beautiful and very clean beaches were clean the lake was beautiful ver peaceful very inexpensive in the summer as I looked into pricing and there is a lot ther...  more »
  • This is another wonderful state park that offer couples and families for great bonding time. So easy to park and so many things to do here. Here is very nicely kept and great for picnic, bicycling, hi...  more »
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  • Though Google thinks "Boat Rental" this review is for the State Park, I have a boat! Promised Land SP is another PA park nestled in an out-of-the-way location. The lake easily takes a full day to cover in its entirety. The shore is nearly 9 miles in length (at least my last track thinks it is). The lake is highly irregular in shape with coves and branches sprouting up all over the place. Makes for a much more interesting paddle. Lots of wildlife along the shore and much of the shore is uninhabited so there are plenty of places to stop and hang out. Highly recommended!
  • Great place for kids; beach, kayaks, small boat rentals, small park museum with few organized events. Lots of kids ride bikes and scooters on the main road which is not a problem as speed limit is 5 mph and everyone is very careful. Three buildings with bathroom, there's laundry, showers and sinks for washing dishes (new buildings so they're nice and clean). Overall the place is very quiet (and if you're not in the evening expect visit fro park rangers). Depending on the location, sites are usually large, each has own fire pit, some have hookups, some are on the water, varies regarding shade. Beach is small, no lifeguard but someone is watching it over (no crossing over the line, etc). Beach sand is just sort of construction sand (it's not a real beach after all but it's OK). Shallow waters up to 4 feet by the rope so pretty good for little ones. On one side of the park there's a meadow with playground, small ice cream store I think, and volley ball court. Outside the park, closest store is maybe 2 miles away, the 'Lake Store'-they sell basic food and camping essentials plus there's an ice machine in the back. Couple places sell wood. Just wanted to mention it so you are prepared before going there because the place is kind of secluded to my standards. Enjoy.
  • It's a very good camping place. It's quite place. Usually, you would see more quite ad cozy families on those camp sites than young and loud people having fun. But, there are a lot of young people too. But, everyone is respectful, nice and, I'll repeat, quite. There are a lot of stuff to do there hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking. You can choose a camp site for yourself. There are different camp sites. Some of them with electricity.
  • Park is beautiful, with nice beach and clean bathrooms and showers. But I agree with another reviewer that people who work there are rude and they always gives us attitude. I've never encounter anyone who was nice to us when we asked questions. One time my kids were playing with toy fishing rod at the beach and we were told to stop it, because there is 'no fishing' on the beach. How ridiculous. There is a difference between playing with toy finishing rod, and actual fishing!
  • Hiking trails are well marked and there is a variety of terrain. Some sections of the park are pretty remote. Bathrooms and showers at Lower Lake were clean and updated. I wasn't terribly impressed with the quality of the campsite pad and a lot of it was overgrown with thorny bushes.