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If you're searching for a beautiful and peaceful campground in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, head for the Promised Land. Located about 40 minutes southeast of Scranton, Promised Land State Park is a pretty, 3,000-acre park that offers the ideal home away from home for outdoor enthusiasts.
Visitors to the park can enjoy excellent fishing, boating, and swimming, or set out to explore 50 miles of hiking trails and maybe meet some of the local wildlife along the way. And with several campgrounds to choose from, it's a great place to camp in an RV for a few days or more.
Keep reading to find out what to do in Promised Land State Park, where to stay, and how to get the most out of your state park camping adventure.
Promised Land State Park features two beautiful lakes: Promised Land Lake and Lower Lake. Unsurprisingly, water-based recreational activities are some of the most popular pastimes in the park.
Boats with electric motors are welcome on both lakes, and five boat launching areas (including one that's ADA-accessible) are spread throughout the park. If you visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can also rent a rowboat, canoe, paddle boat, or kayak and then get out on the water.
While some boaters just like to enjoy a leisurely paddle and take in the peace of the surrounding forest, others prefer to try their luck at catching a fish. Both lakes offer excellent fishing, with anglers able to target largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch, and more.
Lower Lake is also stocked with rainbow, brook, and brown trout, while Promised Land Lake has its own accessible fishing pier. And if you visit during the winter months, you can always try some ice fishing.
During the summer months, the cool waters of the lakes also draw swimmers keen to enjoy a refreshing dip. Two sand beaches — one in the day-use picnic area and the other at Pickerel Point — are open from late May through mid-September.
If you need a break from all those water sports, you might want to set out on foot to explore the park's forest of oak, maple, beech, and hemlock. Along with the surrounding Delaware State Forest, Promised Land State Park has 50 miles of hiking trails to explore.
Little Falls Trail is a particular favorite and leads hikers past several pretty waterfalls, while the Bruce Lake Trail leads you to a serene glacial lake. Whichever trails you walk, make sure to keep your eyes peeled — from bald eagles to black bears, you might come across a variety of wildlife along the way.
If you want to camp with an RV in Promised Land State Park, book an RV in Pike County and choose the perfect site to park your rig for a few nights.
The park's four RV campgrounds are close to the best swimming, boating, and hiking in the park. RV camping options are available at:
Lower Lake Campground. This large, modern campground features a dump station near its entrance and is actually divided into four distinct areas:
Pickerel Point Campground. Located on the southern edge of Promised Land Lake, Pickerel Point Campground offers 75 campsites and easy access to an unguarded swimming area. There are full-hookup, electric, and walk-in sites available here, so make sure you choose the right site for your RV rental. Showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities are provided, and designated sites are pet-friendly.
Deerfield Campground. Deerfield Campground is surrounded by trees and found just to the south of Promised Land Lake. It has 34 rustic campsites with no hookups, but flush toilets are provided, and campers can use the Pickerel Point Campground showers. The campground is open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend, and all sites are pet-friendly.
The Pines Campground. Located at the northwestern end of Promised Land Lake, this campground has 58 rustic campsites with no hookups. Flush toilets are provided, while pay showers can be found in the picnic area. This campground is open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.
If you're looking for non-RV accommodation, the park also offers 12 rustic cabins and three camping cottages.
Once you've finished RV camping in Promised Land State Park, you might also want to check out some of the many wonderful attractions nearby.
If yet more beautiful natural scenery is what you crave, head southwest to Tobyhanna State Park, where you'll find excellent swimming, boating, and fishing on Tobyhanna Lake. History buffs will want to make the 40-minute drive to Scranton to check out the century-old locomotives at the Steamtown National Historic Site.
Other campers might prefer to steer their rental RV south to Allentown, where the excellent Da Vinci Science Center and America on Wheels Museum await. There's a whole lot to see and do in and around Promised Land State Park, so find a rental RV today and start planning your next camping vacation.