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The 5 Best State Parks in the Poconos

October 20, 2020

Cove Pocono Resorts’ Key Around Club grants access to three adult-only destinations in Lakeville, East Stroudsburg, and Mount Pocono.

This three-pack of romance is known to many as the “honeymoon capital of the world.” The all-inclusive experience includes two meals daily (breakfast and a gourmet dinner), nightly entertainment, a tantalizing accommodation, and a bevy of complimentary activities, such as paintball, ice skating, tanning, bicycling, and water tubing. Each romantic resort boasts a unique lineup of pursuits. Thus, as a bonus, couples can gain access to each resort through the Key Around Club. As you might expect, traveling from one resort to another leads to a bit of Pocono Mountain exploration, whether that’s lunch at a local restaurant, a stop at a craft brewery (or a backcountry vineyard), or a short jaunt through a Pocono state park.

The Top 5 Pocono Mountain State Parks

There are nearly a dozen state parks in the Pocono Mountains, a jaw-dropping, 2,400-square-mile stretch of landscape that touches three states. Its beauty is only outmatched by its proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, Scranton, and Allentown. Hidden in the rolling hills and densely-forested valleys are some of the country’s most remote state parks. So, whether you’re looking for a picnic spot, a mid-day hike, or a photographic overlook, you’ll quickly find a suitable destination amongst this list of Pocono Mountain state parks.

1. Promised Land State Park

They don’t call it the Promised Land for nothing. While this picturesque Pocono state park isn’t quite as heavenly as The Land of Milk and Honey, it remains an idyllic place to swim, kayak, hike, picnic, and leaf-peep. It’s a photographer’s dreamland, especially during autumn’s peak.

2. Tobyhanna State Park

Tobyhanna remains one of the most underrated natural wonders in Pennsylvania. It boasts an azure lake, deep-forested trails, a thriving black bear population, and an immeasurable amount of tranquility around every turn.

3. Big Pocono State Park

Big Pocono is home to the most enthralling valley overlooks in the region, as well as 8.5 miles of wilderness trails. The 827-foot-tall Camelback Mountain towers above the Pocono Mountains’ southern reach near the New Jersey border, offering sprawling vistas at various intervals.

4. Prompton State Park

Locals and travelers alike rarely visit Prompton State Park, primarily because it’s well north of Lake Wallenpaupack and U.S. Route 6. However, this finger lake is an aesthetic beauty that provides heart-throbbing colors during fall, lush greenery in midsummer, and picture-perfect snow-topped forestry in the heart of winter. Most visitors fish in Prompton Lake, “snap” photos of the waterfall, or play disc golf on the 18-hole course.

5. Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run State Park is home to the world-famous Boulder Field, an 18-acre plot made up of nothing but massive rocks. It has been described as a “giant’s driveway.” Geologists speculate that the Boulder Field was created during the most recent ice age by a glacier that migrated from Canada and eventually paused, for good, in what’s now Hickory Run.

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Pennsylvania

Cove Pocono Resorts is the most tantalizing couples-only destination near New York City and Philadelphia. Planning an adult vacation typically takes months of planning. However, at Cove Haven, we do all of the heavy lifting. Our all-inclusive packages include two meals daily, coordinator-led events, nightly entertainment, dozen of complimentary activities, and, of course, an overnight stay in a suite of choice—perhaps a world-famous Champagne Tower Suite? You’ll rarely want to leave your fantasy suite, as most come equipped with a log-burning fireplace, heated pool, dry sauna, celestial ceiling, and heart-shaped whirlpool bath. To start planning your next extended weekend getaway into the Pocono Mountains, please give us a call today at 800-432-9932.