Nescopeck State Park
|Nescopeck State Park|
|Pennsylvania State Park|
|Natural Monument (IUCN III)|
An abandoned silo Nescopeck State Park
|- elevation||1,053 ft (321 m) |
|Area||3,550 acres (1,437 ha)|
|Managed by||Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|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.
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.
200 acres (81 ha) of wetlands, forests, and the banks of Nescopeck Creek are the habitat of:
- over 160 different species of birds
- 30 species of reptiles and amphibians
- over 600 species of plants.
The trails are closed to mountain biking and ATVs in order to protect these habitats.
Hunting and fishing
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.
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.
Nearby state parks
- Beltzville State Park (Carbon County)
- Big Pocono State Park (Monroe County)
- Frances Slocum State Park (Luzerne County)
- Gouldsboro State Park (Monroe and Wayne Counties)
- Hickory Run State Park (Carbon County)
- Lehigh Gorge State Park (Carbon and Luzerne Counties)
- Locust Lake State Park (Schuylkill County)
- Ricketts Glen State Park (Columbia, Luzerne, and Sullivan Counties)
- Tobyhanna State Park (Monroe and Wayne Counties)
- Tuscarora State Park (Schuylkill County)
- "Nescopeck State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. September 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- "Nescopeck State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 15, 2006.
- "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
- Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
- "2007 General Highway Map Luzerne County Pennsylvania" (PDF) (Map). 1:65,000. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. Retrieved 2007-07-27. Note: shows Nescopeck State Park
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