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Pennsylvania Trails

Scranton, PA: Promised Land State Park

Perfect for trail runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, and dayhikers, the trails at Promised Land State Park offer diverse outdoor opportunities at the base of the Poconos.

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Offering a variety of opportunities and a variety of trail options, the trails at Promised Land State Park have a bit of something for everyone on gentle terrain that doesn’t discriminate. This 4.5-miler starts from the Lower Lake Campground (reserve your site online or at the camp office) and travels west on Lower Lake Road, crossing over Wallenpaupuck Creek and Lower Lake itself (look for trail marker for your turn-off into the woods). This route makes a short loop before wandering west on the Mill Brook #1 Trail through thin forest and open fields (passing a deer enclosure) en route to a turnaround point. From here, you can continue exploring Delaware State Forest by looping back on the Mill Brook #2 and Saw Mill trails, or just make it up as you go along.
-Mapped by Penn Outdoors


Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.2



Location: 41.3185748, -75.2306043

Start this route from the Lower Lakes Campground by walking west on Lower Lake Road. Each campsite here has tent areas, fire pit, picnic table, and a parking spot. Reservations can be made online or at the camp office.


Location: 41.3139829, -75.2353728

Cross the bridge over Lower Lake and continue on the road; on the way back you’ll return just west of this waypoint. The trail turnoff for this route is a bit further ahead on the right.


Location: 41.3119843, -75.2339029

Turn right off Lower Lake Road at trail marker 21. Shortly ahead you’ll reach trail marker 99; bear right to continue towards marker 98 on the Sno-Runner Trail.


Location: 41.3102678, -75.2367783

At marker 98, continue heading towards marker 102.


Location: 41.3117342, -75.2396843

Continue to the right heading towards marker 23. If you choose to loop back on the Saw Mill Trail, you’ll return through this waypoint.


Location: 41.3140312, -75.2383339

Turn left here to pick up the Spike Trail heading towards marker 23. On the return trip, you’ll bear left here to return to the campground.


Location: 41.3159491, -75.2399111

At marker 24, continue heading west to marker 26. When you get there, continue on Mill Brook Trail #1. As you continue west, you’ll transition from thin forest into open fields.


Location: 41.3144825, -75.2500927

Passing over the second bridge of the day, continue west on Mill Brook Trail #1.


Location: 41.3131448, -75.2574956

At this optional turnaround point, the Mill Brook Trail #1 heads south towards Mill Brook. To turn this out-and-back route into a slightly longer loop hike, head south here, pick up Mill Brook Trail #2 heading east, and then make a left on the Saw Mill Trail and head back to Waypoint 5 (marker 102). Otherwise, continue on Mill Brook #1 as far past this point as you like before backtracking to Waypoint 6 and bearing left there to head back toward the campground.

Wallenpaupuck Creek

Location: 41.313999, -75.2356088

Lower Lake Bridge

Location: 41.3139466, -75.235346

Marker 21

Location: 41.3119199, -75.2338386

Marker 98

Location: 41.3102275, -75.236671

Marker 102

Location: 41.311662, -75.239675

Marker 23

Location: 41.3137572, -75.2382588

Marker 24

Location: 41.3158846, -75.2399325

Second Bridge

Location: 41.3144906, -75.2500498

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