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.

25 days ago

Nice hike, with some great overlooks and rocky outcroppings to explore.

Nice little hike but half of it is on the road. Therefore I don’t agree with kid friendly.

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1 month ago

Nice easy walk with well groomed trails. You need to climb up onto stone in a few places along the trail, rocky embedded paths. Highly recommend it for beginners or novice hikers. Be sure to check out the weather beforehand because it can be overcast and misty, wet, with limited visibility.

Easy trail with incredible views.

Great, easy trail with beautiful views.

my husband and I read some of the reviews and I'm not sure we would agree it's for all ages and abilities. It's a very rocky trail with declines and inclines. We absolutely loved the trail as it felt we were hiking around a rocky mountain and the view at the side was gorgeous; however, for the last half of the trail we really couldn't enjoy the scenery as we were too busy watching where to walk because of the all rock, uneven trail. We had our 2 German Shepherds who we had on an extendable leash that had to wait for us as they loved the terrain and seemed to walk through it with the grace of a coyote. My husband and I unfortunately couldn't walk briskly with them as we usually do because we had to watch each step at the last half of the trail so not to turn an ankle. That was why we gave a 4. It made it hard to enjoy the scenery. That being said, we still loved the uniqueness of this trail. Would definitely recommend it to those that love trail walking.

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2 months ago

Great views, the trail was more rocky than expected, trail is well marked for the most part. I was very happy to have this app as a guide. The trail is well maintained, easy walk. Perfect for a beginner.

My family and I did the Indian Trail loop. It was a good trail and good for all ages. Rocky for most of the trail so at times we had to take it slow. There was a great view point half way through. I highly recommend. We parked in Parking Lot 2 but you can drive further past the paved parking lot to Lot 4.

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2 months ago

The view at parking lot 2 is absolutely gorgeous, and it's the starting point of the loop if you follow the directions from the All Trails app. There is no Camelback loop trail actually. The loop contains the South Trail and a mile or so of road to get back to the parking lot. There are only signs for the South Trail. The route on the map is accurate. If you record your hike in the All Trails app, you can follow the GPS directions to complete the hike. We did it in July, and there were lots of bugs, I would recommend bringing bug spray.

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.

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5 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.

7 months ago

Great hike, saw a bear

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8 months ago

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.

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10 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!

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11 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.

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11 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.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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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

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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.

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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.

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