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 closes the day after the end of deer season in December and reopens as conditions permit in the spring. The park is open sunrise to sunset. Big Pocono State Park facilities are maintained in cooperation with the Camelback Ski Corporation. The trails of Big Pocono State Park are maintained in cooperation with the Pocono Outdoor Club.

If you like ticks and a rocky path, this the trail for you. I understand the few other reviews that say this is unmarked... the trail was widely cleared and easy to follow on the southern portion. So if you consider this an in and out trail instead of a loop, you can have a good time..
When you arrive, take the path to the left and it is mostly flat. When you come to sign for the shortcut, take it to the right. You’ll end up at the lake with a nice view. We turned back from there, as the path got grassy and we found five ticks after just a few yards.
We originally made the mistake of tying to follow the loop marked on this all trails map, but ended up walking through some tall grasses and muddy conditions. Found about 20 ticks each and decided to turn back. Can’t vouch for conditions on what is marked to be the north part of the “loop”, but I included a photo of what appears to be the steep hike back up the hill through the power lines.
Was hoping for rhododendrons as it is there first week of June, but the plants look more like laurel.

Saw 4 people total on this trail on a Sunday afternoon. Felt very remote. No markers. The app was very useful although the online map was not always very precise. We loved the part towards the end with the huge rhododendrons. It must be gorgeous when they are in bloom. I would recommend to do the loop in the other direction because of the very steep incline at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Great, lots of different trails. but can every one take out what you bring in! My grandson and I collected a bag of garbage on our trail hike. www.carbonfootprint.com

awesome trail, great view, lots of rocks, perfect for PA prep for the AT.

the 'upper' South trail is well cropped providing a large path, while the 'lower' South trail is not. i pulled about 20-30 ticks off of my pants today. not exaggerating either. ugh. love the upper trails though, great hiking prep for the AT.

4 months ago

Great hike, saw a bear

Although tricky at times, this was an easy, very scenic hike. Beware, very few markers to track the trail, but it added to the adventure. Definitely will go again in Spring.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was great to do for me in the winter. If you feel like going on a scenic walk that isn't a complete breeze this is perfect. In the summer I would probably want much more of a challenge. Suggestion: go right before sunset because when you get back to camel top it is beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

A good hike that we enjoyed with a 5 and 8 yr old. We drove to the top of Camelback and parked in lot#2. We found a nice trail map and followed the signs to Vista Tr., which lead us to South Tr. We branched off South Tr. to North Tr. to end our 3.5 mile hike. It was a nice combination of easy decline, rocky trails and the end of North Tr. had a more challenging steep climb. The trail wasn’t that well marked and even with the trial map, we had to make a few guesses on the route to take. Overall a nice hike but a little confusing on the path at points.

hiking
7 months ago

The views at the #2 parking lot we're just as impressive as the lookout on this trail. Trail markings we're adequate but not great considering the trail traversed many rocky areas and fallen leaves. Many awesome rock and boulder formations along the route.

Nice, laid back hike! Great views, a few different trails nearby also worth checking out.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked it today with my 9 and 11 year olds. Easy short hike with a pretty view midway. We enjoyed the rocky trail.

Since you can drive to the top, that took a bit away from the majesty of this hike opportunity. Well maintained, nice and easy track. I wouldn't call this moderate. Probably wouldn't do this hike again.

I will never attempt this hike again. There are no markers or signs, and it was very difficult to follow the online map, as it was not always accurate and it often led us into deep forest with no visible trail. We got extremely lost several times since there were no markers or signs to help us. This did not seem well maintained, and most of the trail was just a multi-purpose ATV road that did not seem to be meant for hiking.

We love walking here with our family and dogs. The scenery is breathtaking.

mountain biking
Friday, May 26, 2017

Rocky but it's a good run.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

This was a great trail to do with our 4 sons. There are great inclines and the scenery is gorgeous. I can't wait to do it again in the fall.

Great hike in the winter. Quiet and didn't see a soul. The trail thru Rhododendron was magnificent and peaceful. The last mile is intense gaining 500 ft elevation.

on Indian Trail

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

A bit underwhelming if you're expecting a nice, quick challenge. My advice would be to travel an extra 8ish miles to nearby Mount Tammany for more of an incline and in my opinion, better views. If you do insist on hiking this trail, rest assured it is well-marked; also, we found the quickest way to get there was by following "Rim Road, Stroudsburg" in the GPS.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Easy hike until the last uphill aerobic stretch. The most beautiful swamp I have ever come across with some great vistas. I would recommend.

nice walk and great for biking also.
deep lake is nice to swim in as well .

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

The lake is a beautiful destination. Rocky trails, but we enjoyed it. Not well marked so use the app to help. Basically taking rights will get you to the lake when there is splits in the roadThere is a short cut to the right too that brings you to the edge of the lake that is marked.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Amazing views. Not difficult, my 8 yr old completed without any issues. Trail was rocky for the most part. Was a little nervous seeing the warning for the healthy amount of rattle snakes but luckily we didn't see any. Plan to go back to do the other tails when the leaves are changing.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Pretty Lake View, Easy HIke. Not sure route shown with trail is accurate

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Love this place the view is amazing. Wish it was longer

walking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Not far. School trip. Very informative.

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Did it last Fall of 2014. First day we did Hickory Run, second day this Big Pocono. Enjoyable get away.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Great view! Trails a little short, but it's good for a day hike. Lots of fresh wild berries in the summer

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Not accessible! There's a sign of "Road Closed" and no further information available. So we turned back.

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