In today’s age of electronics and the never ending loop of TV shows, sometimes the best remedy is to get in your car and spend some time in nature. Throughout the country there are some famous parks that you could visit, with thousands of your closest friends. However, why not try a park teeming with wild life and natural beauty that can only be found in Pennsylvania. When you make a stop at Promised Land State Park, you will not be disappointed in what you experience. While you can enjoy Promised Land State Park any time of year, here are some highlighted features that are particularly fun in the summer months.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spend at Promised Land State Park, you can at least have lunch there. Pack up your family and a picnic and head over. You can grab a table at the picnic area for free, however, it is on a first come-first serve basis. If you like keeping your feet in the dirt, bring a blanket and eat on the ground. Whichever spot you choose, you will love the view. Make sure you take some time to walk off your lunch and take in some of the local flowers and trees before you have to get back to your day.
If you have a few hours to spend at the park and want to take in as much as you possibly can, check out their 50 miles of hiking trails. This time of year the Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron are in bloom and are a sight to behold. Be sure to grab a map of all of the trails so you not only know where you are going, but facts about each trail. Promised Land State Park has an amazing trail system. At each intersection, a sign, using international trail symbols, will alert you to the trail name, use, permitted equipment, and any other important information. As always with hiking, keep safety in mind and wear the correct clothing and shoes.
However, if you prefer to be on the water then you are in luck. Promised Land State Park has your water activities covered with swimming, boating and fishing. From late May to mid-September there are 2 beaches open from 8 am to sunset. They are the Main Beach, located at the picnic area, and the Pickerel Point Beach, located at the end of Pickerel Point. Boating on Promised Land Lake is always fun. Make sure you bring only electric motors or feel free to take advantage of Promised Land State Park’s boat rental. Rentals are a choice of rowboats, canoes, paddle boats and 1 or 2 person kayaks. Bring your rod and reel and head over to Promised Lake or Lower Lake and catch some dinner. The fish that are usually found in these lakes are largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel, muskellunge, yellow perch, sunfish, and catfish. Make sure you check with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website before you start casting your line.
While there are plenty of places to stay in Promised Land State Park, sometimes it’s best to have the luxury of some modern conveniences to keep you balanced. In Hawley is Ledges Hotel, which seamlessly blends a mix of luxury and nature to give you the best night’s sleep. They have rooms in every size to accommodate any group. Located only 15 miles from the park, this is the perfect place to rest your body on their Comphy sheets while you make a weekend in nature. Contact their amazing staff today to book your room for your time with nature at the Promised Land State Park.
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