Big Pocono State Park, Pennsylvania

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Big Pocono State Park is a 1305.6acre Pennsylvania state park in Jackson and Pocono townships in Monroe County, Pennsylvania in northeastern Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is on Camelback Mountain and is maintained jointly by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Camelback Ski Corporation.From the summit of the mountain, one has a view of vast portions of eastern Pennsylvania as well as parts of New Jersey and New York. A paved drive, in length, around the summit provides visitors with a view in all directions. Visitors can see the Delaware Water Gap from this location.The park, except for the Camelback Ski Area, closes for the winter seven days following the end of deer season in December and reopens as conditions permit in the spring.HistoryThe land on which Big Pocono State Park is situated was owned by Henry S. Cattell at the turn of the 20th century. Knowing of the fondness that others in the area shared with him for the view that the summit provided, Cattell constructed a stone cabin there in 1908. For many years the cabin was left unlocked so that anyone who wished to use it as a shelter, could.
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  • We drove up to the top of the summit for a beautiful view of the fall trees in their wonderful colors. It was only about 15 minute drive to the top of the summit.  more »
  • Good thing the park is not too big as it could be very easy to get lost along the trails, especially after the leaves have fallen. Few signs and few markers to lead you. The trails aren't that excitin...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery. Good roads, very clean restrooms at the summit. A warning is posted to watch out for timber rattlers and bears. Easy trails to hike.  more »
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  • We did the south trail, scout trail, and we also found the camera spot at the very top. Chilly when we went plus the gates were closed so we couldn't drive down the roads. We did a lot of walking but most of the trails is trees which was eh. But there were at least 2 very good views
  • Great spot for sunrises ;) Nice trails, (Indian trail is rocky) -check out South trail and Vista. Main parking lot has picnic tables and restroom, Check out Cattell Cabin there as well.
  • The roads were closed due to down trees but it was a great day
  • Nice park, but it was closed, so facilities were limited. Still, it was nice to walk around and see the views
  • Connects with State game lands, for miles and miles of single tract and fire road. Active hunting common on the gameland in season, so be sure to dress appropriately if you are venturing off the state park land. There are several loop hikes of varying mileage and intensity. Some have a view of the ski slope and near by Camelback
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