Located in the scenic Monroe and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, Tobyhanna State Park is a beautiful park that that has some great RV facilities. Set over 5,440-acres, you will find the gorgeous 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake nestled within the huge park. Established in 1949, Tobyhanna is derived from an American Indian word that means "a stream whose banks are fringed with alder."
Tobyhanna State Park was formally a large artillery training range that preceded the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Due to the park's former life, there have been some unexploded artillery shells found in some remote areas of the park. When found they are in severely rusted condition, without any markings or imprints. Don't let that put you off visiting, though; your chances of coming across any shells are vanishingly small, and get smaller by the year. The most popular recreational activities revolve around the use of the lake, but there are also hiking trails, mountain biking, and hunting opportunities. During the winter there is an ice skating area and a five mile one-way snowmobile trail. Ice fishing is also popular, but remember to monitor the ice thickness before you set up to fish.
Camping in the park features both electric and non-electric sites. In total there are 26 electric sites with 50 amp and water connections. The 104 non powered sites also have water connections which is a great bonus. Some areas of the camping ground are pet friendly and the park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset.
RV Rentals in Tobyhanna State Park
Transportation in Tobyhanna State Park
Tobyhanna State Park is a fairly easy park to get to as it is located very close to the town of Tobyhanna. PA-423 South is the only road that directly services the park, but it goes right past the park. If you are coming from the north the easiest way to reach the entrance is by driving around the park. You can do this by taking PA-507 to Tobyhana Road and then PA-423. Besides Tobyhanna there are are a few other towns in the surrounding area, including Gouldsboro and Dalesville.
During the winter you may have access trouble if there are snow storms, so check out the park website before you start your journey to the park.
From Tobyhanna: Head north on PA-423 for around two miles. The park will be on the left hand side of the road. Once you enter the park, follow the road to the right and it will lead you to the camping ground.
From Gouldsboro: Take PA-507 North until you reach Tobyhanna Road. Turn right onto Tobyhanna Road and continue for around four and a half miles. Turn right onto Hap Arnold Boulevard and then take a sharp left onto Main St. Turn left onto PA-423 North and follow this until you see the signs for the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Tobyhanna State Park
Campsites in Tobyhanna State Park
Tobyhanna State Park Campgrounds
Camping in the park is very quaint with a nice paved road, level crushed stone sites, good spacing between each site and scattered mature trees throughout the campgrounds. One thing to note is that due to the high elevation of nearly 2,000 feet you should be ready for cool nighttime temperatures year round, including in summer.
The site features 26 electric sites with 50 amp and water connections and another 104 non powered sites which also have water connections. Other amenities include a picnic table and fire ring at each site, flushable toilets, hot showers, laundry facilities and a dump station. Phone reception is available throughout the campground and pets are allowed at specific sites. Reservations are encouraged and if you have one you must check in at the park office on arrival. If the office is closed, set up your campsite and check in during the morning. Camping is closed from mid October until April.
Seasonal activities in Tobyhanna State Park
Tobyhanna State Park has a great sandy beach that you can cool off at during the summer time. The beach is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend until mid-September, from 8:00 A.M. until sunset daily. Along with the beach, there is also a bathhouse that has changing areas and flush toilets. If you fancy a shower after a swim there are some available for a fee. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the beach or in the swimming area.
Dreaming about getting out on the lake? Tobyhanna Lake is a great boating location where you can explore in powered and non-powered boats. If you want to leave your boat in the lake, there are 60 overnight mooring spaces available. You can also rent motorized boats, rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. If you bring in a motor boat it must have a current boat registration. Non-powered boats will need either boat registration, launching permit or mooring permit to be displayed.
Tobyhanna Lake is a great warmwater fishery. You have a few different options as to where you can fish, with boats, the banks of the lake and an ADA accessible fishing pier all being popular. The lake is stocked with brook and brown trout every year so if you are a trout fisherman you will be a happy camper! Other common species in the lake include pickerel, catfish, sunfish, yellow perch and bass. Ice fishing is also allowed on the natural ice of the lake during the winter.
Hiking at Tobyhanna State Park will be a great experience if you like rugged terrain. The trails are mostly challenging but also very rewarding. Some trails pass through wetlands, boulder fields, and rock hopping areas and offer great views of the lake. In total there are ten trails, with the Lakeside Trail being the easiest, Range Trail intermediate and the Frank Gantz Trail is the most difficult. For the Range and Frank Gantz trails you should wear hiking boots as the terrain is quite demanding.
During the season most of Tobyhanna State Park is open to hunting activities. You are able to hunt, trap and train dogs and you can also hunt in the nearby 127 and 312 state game lands. Common species to hunt include squirrel, turkey, black bear and white-tailed deer. Furbearing species that are found in the park are mink, fox, coyote, raccoon, beaver and muskrat. Before you begin hunting, check in at the park office to make sure there are no unique restrictions in place.
Are you a snowmobiling fan? Tobyhanna State Park has a one-way snowmobile trail that is open from the day after the deer season until the beginning of April. The trail is five miles in length and it runs counterclockwise on the Lakeside Trail. The trail begins at Lot #1, which is an area that has restrooms, parking, and unloading space for your snowmobile. There are no snow mobiles available to rent in the park, so look to concessions around the park if you want to use one.