Nescopeck State Park

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Nescopeck State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
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An abandoned silo Nescopeck State Park
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Townships Butler, Dennison
Location [1]
 - coordinates 41°04′35″N 75°54′10″W / 41.07639°N 75.90278°W / 41.07639; -75.90278Coordinates: 41°04′35″N 75°54′10″W / 41.07639°N 75.90278°W / 41.07639; -75.90278
 - elevation 1,053 ft (321 m) [1]
Area 3,550 acres (1,437 ha)
Founded April 2005
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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Location of Nescopeck State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Nescopeck State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Nescopeck State Park

Nescopeck State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 3,550 acres (1,437 ha) in Butler and Dennison Townships, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is one of the newest state parks in Pennsylvania, with the Environmental Education Center there opening in April, 2005. The state began acquiring the 164 properties that make up the park in 1971. Nescopeck Creek runs through the valley between Mount Yeager and Nescopeck Mountain. The park is near Interstate 80 just off Pennsylvania Route 309 near Conyngham.

Trails[edit]

There are 19 miles (31 km) of trails in Nescopeck State Park. The trails go through forests, meadows and wetlands. Most trails begin at Honey Hole Road which is the main access road for the park. The trails are open for cross-country skiing but closed for mountain biking.[2]

Wildlife[edit]

200 acres (81 ha) of wetlands, forests, and the banks of Nescopeck Creek are the habitat of:

The trails are closed to mountain biking and ATVs in order to protect these habitats.

Hunting and fishing[edit]

Hunting is permitted on most of Nescopeck State Park. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are squirrels, turkey, woodcock, and white-tailed deer. Hunters may also access State Game Lands 187 through the park for additional hunting opportunities.[2]

Lake Frances is a 9 acres (3.6 ha) man-made lake on Nescopeck Creek. The lake has panfish, bass and trout in its waters. Nescopeck Creek is designated as a high quality cold-water fishery with brown and brook trout.[2]

Nearby state parks[edit]

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Nescopeck State Park:[3][4][5]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nescopeck State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. September 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Nescopeck State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 15, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. "2007 General Highway Map Luzerne County Pennsylvania" (Map). 1:65,000. ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/luzerne_GHSN.pdf. Retrieved 2007-07-27. Note: shows Nescopeck State Park

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