Nescopeck State Park - Pennsylvania

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Description

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, climb mountains, pass through quiet forests and skirt wetlands. An environmental education center provides year-round educational programs on the park’s unique resources.

Recreation

Fishing:

The 9-acre Lake Frances has trout, bass and panfish. A well-used trail circles Lake Frances and provides great fishing access throughout the year. Six miles of Nescopeck Creek is 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 PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks Lake Frances and Nescopeck Creek. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations apply.

Hiking: 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 beautiful Nescopeck Creek.

Due to the unique natural resources in the park, mountain biking is prohibited on park trails.

Winter Activities

Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing:

These popular winter sports are permitted on all trails throughout the park. The ungroomed trails are relatively flat or have slight grades making them a great way to explore the park during winter.

Trash Disposal and Recycling

Nescopeck State Park participates in a carry-in/carry-out trash disposal program for small parks. There are no trash collection or recycling facilities. Visitors are asked to limit the amount of disposable items brought to the park and to take home all trash and recyclables.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

The year-round staff of the environmental education center provides programming for the school community and the general public.

The park education program strives to teach about the natural world and critical environmental issues facing society. Special emphasis is placed on the education and interpretation of Nescopeck’s unique, natural biodiversity.

School students engage in hands-on activities, exploring and learning about the unique ecosystems of the park to further their awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment.

The education staff offers the Bureau’s Watershed Education program to area high schools, teachers and other groups interested in learning about complex issues within their watersheds.

The education staff conducts teacher workshops based on state and national environmental education curricula and needs as they relate to Department of Education academic standards.

A variety of interpretive and recreational programs are available for the general public. These programs focus on the natural, historical and cultural features of the park and region. The park also participates in the Bureau’s DiscoverE program, which gives young people an opportunity to explore and learn about the environment.

In addition to offering quality educational programs, the park is an outdoor natural laboratory for visiting biologists, college interns and resource professionals involved in a variety of biological research projects.

Wildlife Watching

Habitats like the 200 acres of high quality wetlands, rich forests and six miles of the pristine Nescopeck Creek are home to over 160 species of birds, 30 species of amphibians and reptiles and over 600 species of plants.

Contact

1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums, PA 18222

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