Your Ultimate Guide to the Beauty of Promised Land State Park

 The picturesque Promised Land State Park features three thousand acres of  forests, lakes, and streams. These provide endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Situated 1,800 feet above sea level on the Pocono Plateau near Greentown, Pennsylvania, this beautiful state park attracts nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country.

For more information on Promised Land State Park and other local attractions, please download our complimentary Vacation Guide. In it, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan a perfect vacation to the Poconos Mountains.


Top 4 Ways to Enjoy the Beauty at Promised Land State Park

Surrounded by Pennsylvania’s Delaware State Forest, visitors can enjoy sightseeing, wildlife viewing, watersports, and much more – and it’s just a 20-minute drive from the French Manor Inn & Spa! Here are some of our favorite things to do at Promised Land State Park.


1. On the Trails: Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding

With a 50-mile scenic trail system and 6.5 miles of roads, Promised Land State Park is one of the best places to enjoy Poconos hiking and biking. All of the walking trails are marked with vertical blue blazes. There are designated trails for ATV riding and mountain biking. Hikers can follow Bruce Lake Road to a natural glacial lake. Cyclists can enjoy a paved path around Promised Land Lake.

While horses are not available for rent, Promised Land State Park offers designated equestrian trails for you and your horse. Horses are also allowed on all park roads. The warm summer months are a wonderful time to explore, when the mountain laurel and rhododendron bloom.


2. In the Water: Swimming, Boating, and Fishing

The park’s 422-acre Promised Land Lake and the smaller Lower Lake are wonderful places for water activities. Guests can enjoy an afternoon of boating, kayaking, and paddle boating, and rentals are available at the Boat Concession on the beach. Consider making reservations if you plan to rent a boat!

The lakes are also a popular spot for fishing and ice fishing in the winter. You can catch a variety of species, including large and smallmouth bass, catfish, trout, and more. 

For a refreshing lake swim, visit the two sand beaches. The main beach is in the Day-Use Picnic area (which has a playground and volleyball court as well), and the other beach is on the end of Pickerel Point. Be prepared to supervise your children well, as there is no lifeguard on duty!


3. Overnight: Campsites and Cottages

Promised Land State Park also has six camping areas where guests can enjoy a night under the stars. The modern campsites offer amenities like warm showers, flush toilets, electricity, and laundry facilities. Rustic facilities are also available. The campgrounds are located just steps from the park’s beaches, boat rental, and refreshment stand. It is also near the picnic area, which features a playground, volleyball court, basketball hoop, and two picnic pavilions. Rustic cabins and cottages are also available. Be sure to check out a campground map before planning your trip.


4. In the Winter: Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Ice Fishing

During the winter, those hiking and biking trails become cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Snowshoes are available for loan in the park office. (And if you like snowshoeing, be sure to check out the complimentary snowshoeing that we offer in the winter!) Snowmobiling is also popular on the more than twenty miles of designated, groomed trails. And, as we mentioned above, ice fishing (and ice skating!) are available, but take to the ice at your own risk as the thickness is not monitored.


Soak Up Nature in Luxury at the French Manor Inn & Spa!

After you explore Promised Land State Park, treat yourself to a luxurious getaway at our beautiful Poconos bed and breakfast! You can unwind with a relaxing spa treatment that will ease your sore muscles, then head over to our award-winning restaurant for a delicious dinner. When it’s time for bed, enjoy a restful night’s sleep in one of our beautiful rooms or suites that will leave you feeling refreshed and restored. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!

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