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Big Pocono State Park
BIG POCONO STATE PARK
BIG POCONO STATE PARK
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania   18466

Phone: 570-894-8336
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Big Pocono State Park is in Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. From the summit, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of a vast portion of eastern Pennsylvania and portions of New Jersey and New York.

The park will close seven days after the end of deer season in December and will reopen as conditions permit in the spring.

Big Pocono State Park facilities are maintained in cooperation with the Camelback Ski Corporation.
History of the Area
Big Pocono State Park is on land which was owned by Henry S. Cattell near the turn of the 20th century. Mr. Cattell, being very fond of the view from the summit of Camelback Mountain, and knowing that many others shared his love for the area, constructed a stone cabin on the summit in 1908. The cabin was left unlocked for many years to be used as a shelter by anyone who wished.

Since 1921, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry has maintained Big Pocono Fire Tower on the mountain for the purpose of detecting forest fires in the surrounding private and state forest lands. The tower is staffed only during the spring and fall seasons and has been dedicated by the National Fire Tower Association as a historical structure.

In 1928, 12 years after Mr. Cattell's death, the Pennsylvania Game Commission purchased the area.

In 1950, a portion of the state land on the steep north slope of the mountain was leased to Big Pocono Skiing, Inc., for commercial ski development. Later named Camelback Ski Corporation, the facility has been developed into a major ski resort.

In 1953, a 1,306-acre portion of the state game lands, including the ski area lease, was acquired by the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters (now the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) for the purpose of developing a state park at the mountain's summit.

In 1954, after the construction of restrooms, parking areas, picnic sites, fireplaces and a scenic drive around the summit, the area was opened to the public as Big Pocono State Park. The Cattell Cabin served for many years as a park office and nature museum.
Nearby Accommodations
Arrowhead Lake Vacation Cottage - Pocono Lake, PACottages and Cabins
Looking for a relaxing vacation cottage offering year-round activities This is it Kick back on a big reclining sofa in this spacious 2BR home after a day at the water park, whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River, hiking, fishing, hunting, golf or relax at the beaches and three heated pools New carpeting, updated kitchen bath.
14.4 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Big Pocono State Park provides three picnic areas with a total of 50 picnic tables. The picnic area adjacent to the Cattell Cabin has tables in an open setting, while the east and south areas are in a wooded setting. All areas offer the visitor excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Parking spaces in parking area No. 4 and nearby picnic tables have been designated for use by people with disabilities. Nearby restrooms are accessible.
Trails
The trail system consists of three interconnecting trails designated as North Trail (red), South Trail, (yellow) and Indian Trail (orange). Trail conditions vary from smooth surface, gentle grades, to very rough surface, extremely steep grades. Inexperienced hikers should inquire at the park office before attempting North Trail. The Pocono Outdoor Club assists in maintaining the trail system in Big Pocono State Park.

Horseback Riding:

In addition to serving as a hiking trail, the three-mile South Trail is also designated as a horseback trail. The trailhead is at the west end of the park, near the park entrance.
Area Attractions
Big Pocono State Park is located in the famous Pocono Mountains resort area. Nearby attractions include State Game Lands No. 38 and 127, Gouldsboro State Park, Tobyhanna State Park, Hickory Run State Park and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

For more information about the many attractions and accommodations please contact the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, 1004 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360, 570-421-5791 or 800-POCONOS.

For information on nearby attractions, contact the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, 800-POCONOS.

Big Pocono State Park is in the famous Pocono Mountains resort area. Nearby attractions include State Game Lands 38 and 127, Gouldsboro State Park, Tobyhanna State Park, Hickory Run State Park and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Things To Do in the Area
Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton , NJArts/Cultural/Drama
Peters Valley is a non-profit education center and gallery for craft arts. Tour the studios on weekends during summer. Workshops May to September, 2 to 5 days. Expert instructors from US and abroad. Commute or sleep over for a mini-vacation close-to-home. Wood turning, weaving, jewelry, ceramics, blacksmithing, photography, papermaking, beading and more.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
29.5 miles from park*
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Area Campgrounds

Mount Pocono Campground
30 Edgewood Drive
Mt. Pocono, PA
570-839-8950


Camp Charles Campgrounds
1077 Blue Mountain Drive
Bangor, PA
610-588-0553


Hickory Lake Campground
264 Laurel Hill Road
Bangor, PA
570-897-5811


WT Family Camping Inc
Box 1486 Route 115
Blakeslee, PA
570-646-9255


Chestnut Lake Campground
Frantz Road
Brodheadsville, PA
570-992-6179


Delaware Water Gap Pocono Mt KOA Kampground
233 Hollow Road
E. Stroudsburg, PA
570-223-8000


Mountain Vista Campground
RR #2 BOX 2190 50 Taylor Drive
E. Stroudsburg, PA
570-223-0111


Foxwood Family Campgrounds
400 Mt. Nebo Road
East Stroudsburg, PA
570-421-1424


Otter Lake Camp Resort
4805 Marshalls Creek Road
East Stroudsburg, PA
800-345-1369


Pocono Raceway Campground
Clearview Road
Long Pond, PA
570-646-2300


Shady Acres
1078 Turkey Ridge Road
Mount Bethel, PA
570-897-6230


Silver Valley Campsites
RR 4 Box 4214 Silver Valley Road
Saylorsburg, PA
570-992-4824


Four Seasons Campgrounds Inc
RD 1 Babbling Brook Road
Scotrun, PA
570-629-2504


Pocono Vacation Park
RD 5 Box 5214
Stroudsburg, PA
570-424-2587


Hemlock Campground & Cottages
362 Hemlock Drive
Tobyhanna, PA
570-894-4388


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Dunkelberger's Sports
585 Main St
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 421-7950


Ixtapa Sport Fishing Charters
19 Depue LN
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 688-9466


Family Bait & Tackle Shop
624 N Courtland St
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 421-6918


Windsor Fly Shop
348 N 9th St
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 424-0938


Beaver Run Hunting & Fishing Club
3 Barren Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 223-8257


Art's Gun & Tackle Inc
Route 209 N
Ellenville, NY
(845) 647-6559


Area Cabins and Lodges
Mountaintop Lodge
Route 940
Pocono Pines, PA
(570) 646-6636


Pine Hill Lodge
42 Pine Hill Rd
Mt Pocono, PA
(570) 839-9579


Alpine Motel
1863 W Main St
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 421-3790


Walter's Motel
2011 W Main St
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 424-1862


Water Gap Country Club
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 476-0300


Countryside Cottages
RR 3 Box 3002
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 629-2131


Howard Johnson's
63 Route 611
Bartonsville, PA
(570) 424-6100


Flower Fields Motel & Cottages
301 Route 611
Bartonsville, PA
(570) 629-0131


Village at Sciota The
Crest Road
Sciota, PA
(570) 992-5659


Rimrock Country Cottages
425 Rimrock Dr
Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 629-2360


Mountain Springs Lake
Mountain Springs Dr
Reeders, PA
(570) 629-0251


Chateau Resort & Conference Center
300 Camelback Rd
Tannersville, PA
(570) 629-5900


Shilla Garden Korean Restaurant
RR 209
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 588-1100


Alpine Lounge
RR 447
East Stroudsburg, PA
(570) 595-7411


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region - Lake Ariel, PAHotels/Motels
Located near popular recreational attractions, including the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park, Steamtown National Historic Site and Promised Land State Park. NASCAR fans will enjoy a day at the races at nearby Pocono Raceway.
Web Site: comfortinn.com/hotel-lake_ariel-pennsylvania-PA092
27.2 miles from park*
Whistling Swan Inn - Stanhope, NJBBs / Inns
Nestled in the beautiful Skylands Region of New Jersey, the house now known as The Whistling Swan Inn was built in 1905 by Justice of the Peace, Daniel Best, for his wife, Sarah. Come visit Northwest NJ's finest Victorian Inn Voted Top Ten BB in US by Inn Traveler Magazine
Web Site: whistlingswaninn.com
34.4 miles from park*
Wooden Duck Bed Breakfast - Newton, NJBBs / Inns
A brick patio in ground swimming pool invite guests to step outdoors and enjoy their picturesque surroundings and provide a lovely spot for seasonal breakfasting, sunbathing or just plain relaxing
Web Site: woodenduckinn.com/
31 miles from park*
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Directions
Entrance to the park is from PA 715 and Exit 299 of I-80 at Tannersville.

CAUTION: Steep grades. Visitors should not attempt this drive in vehicles with trailers in tow. Municipal road maintenance is not provided and seasonal closures of the access roadway will occur.
Area Shopping
Peters Valley Craft Center Store - Layton , NJArts Crafts
The store at Peters Valley Craft Center offers original handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and home furnishings. Unique items from over 300 artists offer distinctive ideas to embellish the home, treat yourself, or to select for a gift. Visit the Gallery upstairs for our latest exhibit of fine art craft.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
29.5 miles from park*

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