Nescopeck State Park, Another Greater Hazleton Area Treasure.

Nescopeck State Park, Another Greater Hazleton Area Treasure.

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Although we continue to lose a lot of our wooded areas to development, those of us living here in the the Hazleton area of Northeastern Pennsylvania are fortunate to have many wonderful state parks which we can visit. And this morning I visited one of them The Nescopeck State Park.Nescopeck State Park  (11 of 43)

Located about 10 miles north of Hazleton this park includes the headwaters of the Nescopeck creek as well as Lake Francis. This man made lake is beautiful in all seasons. I began my hike at the lake, walking along it’s shores and enjoyed the beauty of the blooming blue flags and water lilies. Walked by quite a few families fishing along the lake. It provides great recreational activities in all four seasons. Nescopeck State Park  (28 of 43)

Hiked past the lake and on the trails down to the meandering Nescopeck Creek. The trail pass under mostly second growth forest but there are scattered along the path huge ancient oaks and hemlocks which may have been  here before we Europeans ever set foot in the area.

I was surprised to find a number of mushrooms species growing including the some edible oyster mushrooms. Unfortunately they were already too old to eat, but now I know where to look next year.Nescopeck State Park  (24 of 43)

Also encountered a wood turtle slowing making his way under  trees. And I also came across a large snapping turtle crossing the highway on the way into the park.

Reached the peaceful flowing waters of the Nescopeck Creek. I sat down and just enjoyed the soothing sound of running water and watched butterflies flutter, dragonflies dart and hover and fish jump on and above the creek. Was like living in a Tom Sawyer scene. Nescopeck State Park  (40 of 43)

Hiked back on the fern trail and along some deeper woods. Again finding quite a few older oyster mushrooms. It was nice walking under the leaf cover, shaded from the hot late May sun. It was a truly enjoyable hike and only a short drive from the city. I would encourage those folks wanting to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of nature to pay a visit and explore this wonderful park. It is another of our many natural treasures. Nescopeck State Park  (26 of 43)

Here is a link to more of the photos I took on my hike this morning. Check them out and feel free to make comments or leave questions.


“The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in Nescopeck State Park  (16 of 43)value.”
― Theodore Roosevelt


  1. Robert Gidosh on May 31, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I truly enjoyed your pictures, and your writing abilities, which created a very interesting, and enticing potential for a family day trip. In the seventy’s, I lived and Conyngham and I was not aware that NESCOPECK even had a State Park. I took my son James to an area alongside a creek, and taught him to shoot a pistol there. I’m not sure of the specifics because the years have gone by, and time has fogged my memory a bit, however, I believe James and I fished in the creek for trout. I remember for some crazy reason, a woman by the name of Mrs. Podkey having a home very near the creek where James and I fished. I don’t believe we caught any trout there, but I know Jim caught quite a few shiners and a few small cattys and some larger Carp. your question about Francis damn, / Lake, is also quite hazy.I remember taking family trips to Hickory Run State Park and looking off to the left of 309 and seeing the Lake, but again that was in the early seventy’s. Thanks for bringing back some of these great memories. Wish I had the time to get up that way and hike the trail, but I’m 68 years old. I’m still working full time, only ‘cuz I really enjoy doing what I do, however 1 day I’ll make time and do some of the things I’d like to do. Maybe it’s time that I make a “BUCKET LIST”. L.O.L.

    • on June 8, 2015 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Robert I truly appreciate your kind words. I have always loved hiking and exploring the woods of Northeastern Pa and so glad I can now share my experiences on the internet. Thank you for sharing your memories of our area. I enjoy the history of our area too. I remember my first camping trip in Hickory Run. It was in 1968 the weekend my brother was born. I was 10. What a wonderful adventure. Glad you still like working., I do too, but it is keeping me from my hiking and exploring. lol make that bucket list and visit the two places that I just explored this past weekend. They were wonderful. i didn’t even know they existed. Thanks again for you kind words and please feel free to comment again.