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Big Pocono State Park lies in north-eastern Pennsylvania, is 1,306 acres, and covers the summit of Camelback Mountain. The Pocono Mountains are a spectacular mountain range in Pennsylvania, offering four seasons of endless fun, incredible landscapes and a number of outdoor activities. From the summit, the views are incredible and can be reached by a series of interconnecting trails. The area is known for its scenic beauty, and the park itself is rugged but beautiful.
Big Pocono State Park closes the day after deer season in December and opens in the spring, sunrise to sunset, offering plenty of time to explore the wilderness. It is maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Camelback Ski Corporation.
Big Pocono State Park opened in 1954 to the public, after the construction of the drive around the summit, meaning that even those who don’t fancy a walk can see the sights. The state park is easily accessible from nearby towns such as Stroudsburg, Tobyhanna, and Jim Thorpe, making it a popular place for those that rent an RV in Monroe to visit.
Hiking, is without a doubt, the biggest draw for those camping at Big Pocono State Park. Be aware, however, that as the park sits on the top of a mountain, many of the hikes require a long uphill climb, so it can be pretty steep and challenging. Trails include North Trail, South Trail, North Trail Lower Loop, Upper Loop of South Trail and the Indian Trail, all of which make up 8 miles, with incredible views that make all the effort worth it. From the summit area, you may even be able to see into the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York.
After a long climb, there is nothing more rewarding than lunch with a view. There are plenty of places to sit and relax with a picnic with family and friends, with views stretching for miles in all directions. While hiking or relaxing, you’ll be surrounded by the local flora and fauna, with the varied vegetation supporting a variety of wildlife. You may even be able to get a glimpse of a black bear if you keep your eyes peeled.
In the winter months, the park transforms into a winter wonderland. The Camelback Mountain Ski Area is the perfect place to head to get an adrenaline rush, with downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing all great activities to enjoy when motorhome camping.
One of the nearest campgrounds, when you rent a camper near Big Pocono State Park, is Four Seasons Campgrounds, as you’ll be able to camp right in the heart of the Poconos. The resort has a huge range of facilities, from softball and shuffleboard courts, wagon rides, swimming pools, and more; there is never a dull moment. However, if it is the relaxation you are after, look no further than the shaded sites and wooded paths. When camping with an RV, all RV sites are full hookups, and there are also pull-thru sites available. Other handy facilities include a camp store, cable TV, WiFi, clean, modern restrooms, laundry facilities, fire rings, and more.
Another option is Mount Pocono Campground, located on 43 acres of wooded land. There are a huge 191 campsites available here, with optional amenities including cable, electric and water hookups. Each of the shaded campsites has its own picnic table and a fire pit making it a great place to sit back and enjoy the great outdoors in your RV rental.
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark is the biggest outdoor waterpark in the state, with over 37 rides and attractions, there is something for the whole family. Just a short drive away from the park, there is everything from adrenaline-fuelled slides such as the High Noon Typhoon, Tripe Venom, and Sandstorm to areas where you can simply sit back and relax, such as on the Blue Nile Adventure River. There is even an area that the little ones can enjoy.
Pay a visit to the Pocono Indian Museum to get an insight into the history of the Delaware Indian. It traces the history of the Delawares through a series of detailed displays of weapons, tools, and a range of other artifacts. Upon entry, you’ll get an audio device that gives a detailed narration of the various displays, making it an interesting stop off on your state park RV camping adventure.
For a little outdoor adventure, consult the experts at Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours, where you can enjoy an incredible UTV tour through the dramatic landscape. Take a guided tour through 8 miles of trail and explore the best of what the Poconos have to offer. The summit tour offers a little bit of everything, and with the option to use a four-seater vehicle, the whole family can go for the ride.