Bordered on the south by steep Mount Yeager and on the north by Nescopeck Mountain, the 3,550-acre Nescopeck State Park encompasses wetlands, rich forests, and many diverse habitats. Nescopeck Creek, a favorite of anglers, meanders through the park. Hiking trails follow the creek, pass through quiet forests, and skirt wetlands.
An environmental education center provides year-round educational programs on the park’s diverse resources. Interpretive exhibits highlighting the park’s natural history can be seen inside the environmental education center.
Hiking at Nescopeck State Park
19 miles of trails
Many of the trails begin along Honey Hole Road. Visitors can discover the unique habitats in the park on trails that traverse forests, fields, and wetlands. Several trails lead to and parallel the beautiful Nescopeck Creek.
Due to the sensitivity of natural resources in the park, mountain biking is prohibited on park trails. Pets must be kept on a leash.
Wildlife Watching at Nescopeck State Park
Habitats like the 200 acres of high-quality wetlands, rich forests, and six miles of the pristine Nescopeck Creek are home to more than:
160 species of birds
50 species of mammals
30 species of amphibians and reptiles
650 species of plants
Fishing at Nescopeck State Park
The nine-acre Lake Frances has:
A well-used trail circles Lake Frances and provides fishing access throughout the year.
Six miles of Nescopeck Creek are designated as a high-quality, cold-water fishery and contains brown trout and native brook trout. Several miles of the creek are designated as delayed harvest, artificial lure only.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks Lake Frances and Nescopeck Creek.
Fishing poles are available for use at the visitor center as part of a loaner program.
Hunting at Nescopeck State Park
During established seasons, most of the park is open to:
Training of dogs
Common game species are:
Nescopeck State Park has traditionally been managed for the American woodcock, which can also be found in the park.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. DCNR and Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.
Cross-Country Skiing at Nescopeck State Park
Cross-country skiing is permitted on several trails throughout the park. The trails are not groomed but are relatively flat or have slight grades, making them a great way to explore the park during winter.
Inquire at the environmental education center about the cross-country ski loaner program.
Inquire at the environmental education center about the snowshoe loaner program.
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