Hiking trails in NEPA | Eyewitness News


EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — Eyewitness News has compiled a list of a few places to hike in northeast and central Pennsylvania. Some are state parks with a wide variety of trails, and some are specific trails that our staff have been on. If you’re looking for a place to hike near you, I hope this list helps.

Below is our list of trails. If you would like to learn more about each of these trails, our staff has hyperlinked websites that will take you to the official Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) State Park Trails website.

  • Ricketts Glen State Park (Luzern, Sullivan, and Columbia counties):
    • With 11 different trails to choose from, Ricketts Glen State Park is a fantastic place to hike in the fall. Difficulties range from easy to difficult, so the park offers plenty of options for hikers of all of life’s routes. For a list of all trails and where to find them, check out their government website.
  • End of the World State Park (Sullivan County):
    • Another beautiful park in Sullivan County is World’s End State Park. The park has 780 acres of forest and 20 miles of challenging hiking trails. According to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the trails in this park are all rated as their toughest or among their toughest hiking trails. For a list of all their routes, check out their website.
  • Bushkill Falls (Pike County):
    • With four trails around the park, Bushkill Falls has hiking trails for everyone. One of the four trails, the Red Trail, is less than two miles of hiking with eight waterfalls. For information on hiking trails, see the Bushkill Falls website.
  • Promised Land State Park (Pike County):
  • Nay Aug Park (Lackawanna County):
  • Tuscarora State Park (Schuylkill County):
    • Tuscarora is home to nine trails through forests, prairies, and farm fields in Schuylkill County. For those who may not be the most experienced hikers, Tuscarora State Park has seven trails that DCNR rates as easy. For a list of Tuscarora trails, see their website.
  • Locust Lake State Park (Schuylkill County):
    • For those looking for more difficult trails in Schuylkill County, Locust Lake has four trails that the DCNR rates as very difficult. If you are in the Schuylkill County area and want to see a list of their trails, check out the state park website.
  • The Seven Tubs (Luzerne County):
    • Located in Pinchot Forest in Luzerne County, the area is home to approximately 2.1 miles of beautiful hiking trails through several cascading waterfalls. If you want to explore the area, meet at 900 Bear Creek Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
  • Loyalsock State Forest (Lycoming County):
    • With nearly 200 miles of marked and unmarked hiking trails, Loyalsock State Forest is host to many hikes in Lycoming County and beyond. For a map and list of the best trails in this park, go to this link on the DCNR website.
  • Tank Hollow Trail (Carbon County):
    • This 3.4 mile round trip trail near Jim Thorpe is widely considered an easy route that gives you fantastic views of the fall foliage surrounding the Lehigh River in the Poconos. Parking to get to this trail could be a bit tricky, so to save space in this article, we recommend checking this website for places to park along the trail.
  • The D&L Trail (Carbon, Alfalfa, Lehigh, Bucks, Northampton Counties)
    • A trail made up mostly of old railroad tracks, this trail is currently over 140 miles long and in the future will extend to 165 miles long from Mountain Top in Luzerne County to the Greater Philadelphia. The trail is currently a work in progress, so check their official website for the latest information on the trail.
    • The trail is very long, so to find a trailhead near you, check the D&L National Heritage Corridor website at this link.

This list is by no means an exhaustive list of all hiking trails in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, but it will be updated in the future. If you think a trail should be on this list, send it to us! You can submit new trails or state park sites on our Facebook page or email us at [email protected]!


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