Tobyhanna State Park

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Tobyhanna State Park

Loop around large Tobyhanna Lake on a flat, easy trail.

5.3 miles, easy, flat, old woods road – dirt, gravel.

  • Shorter: Go part way around and turn back instead of the whole loop.
  • Longer: 9.1 miles – add an out-and-back to Tobyhanna Rd on rocky Frank Gantz trail.
  • Longer: Add an out-and-back on Range Trail.
  • Nearby: Promised Land State Park.

Our two cents:

The Lakeside trail is similar to the trail around Manasquan Reservoir in NJ and is a good easy family-friendly loop. Nice foliage around the lake mid-October.

The Frank Gantz trail is an offshoot of the loop that can be used to extend the hike (all the way into Gouldsboro SP) but is super-duper rocky – even by PA standards.

So much so that we found it annoying to hike and don’t recommend taking Frank Gantz.

Fun Fact: The area was an artillery range during WWII and there are signs detailing what “unexploded munitions” you could possibly find – and, of course, shouldn’t touch…

Updated: 4/2020: Page refreshed, not re-hiked. 


Print the park map ahead, or possibly in the trail kiosk – there was one the day we hiked.


This hike, starting from different lot, is in Hiking the Poconos.

Parking: N41.19915° W75.40888°

Rt 80 W into PA, near Del. Water Gap NJ and Stroudsburg PA. Take 380N to exit 8 for 423E, towards Tobyhanna.

Follow 423/Main St left then right thru town. Park entrance on left, just before the dam.


Composting toilet in the parking lot by the dam. Bathroom building by the beach.

Hike Directions:

Overview: Follow the Lakeside Trail (BLUE) clockwise from the parking lot near the dam, and loop around the lake.

0.0 – Walk past the trail kiosk at the end of the parking lot, and head towards the lake to pick up the Lakeside (BLUE) trail.

Easy trail

2.3 – Pass the start of Frank Gantz (RED).

Pass the Frank Gantz trail

3.1 – Pass the start of the Range Trail.

Views of the lake

3.2 – Lakeside Trail (BLUE) makes an easy to miss LEFT. [If you zip right past it at first like we did then you’ll start to wander towards the camp area.]

3.5 – Come out to a park road and turn LEFT and follow that over the water.

Walk on the shoulder of the road for a bit and then turn RIGHT to get back on to the trail. Don’t recall any markings for this.

The trail hugs the lake in this area.

4.2 – Pass the beach area (and restrooms). The trail continues close to the lake for nice views.

4.7 – Pass a dock near the boat rental area.

5.2 – Keep to the left trail and not up on the berm as you approach the dam spillway.

You can’t walk across the dam and instead cross below it on a bridge. [If you do walk on the berm to the dam, you can walk somewhat steeply back down at the end].

The dam

Hiked: 10/9/16.