Lakawanna State Park - TRAIL

Lakawanna State Park - Trail, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Many choices for almost all levels. Everything from crazy, tight singletrack to cruising. Trails are all over the park, and it would be best to find a ranger and get a map. The trails posted on the map are a good start. From there if you run into anyone on the trail ask them about anything else, and you may be plesently surprised. If at all possible please yield to horses, and for the love of god, stay away from the place after the rains. The mud is terrible.

User Reviews (11)

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eBayRider   Cross Country Rider [Jul 20, 2016]

I see it has been years since this was last reviewed. I frequent the area 3-4 times per year but am from SEPA. However, 15 years of riding around here I know the trail systems rather well. Lackawanna was always on my to-do list, finally got out there this summer and had a blast. It is well marked so not bad to navigate. It has good flow along with rocks, roots and the occasional steep climb.

Customer Service

We parked at the boat launch off of Rt. 407, crossed the bridge and jumped onto Ranger Trail. Took Kennedy Creek up to Lee Hill, back down to Lakeshore til it met up with Abington. Came out at Cole Rd, crossed 438 up into the Ziegler Preserve. Climbed in there up to Bull Hill trail. Took that down to Trostle Pond. Hung a left at the pond, crossed 407 and took North Woods Trail all the way down to the dam. We ran out of time here so climb out from the dam and took the park road back to the boat launch parking lot. That loop was ~9.5 miles.

Similar Products Used: In this order: Moosic Mountiain, Prompton, Merli-Sarnoski.
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tim83   Weekend Warrior [Jul 16, 2009]

Just got back from this trail, first time review here. I'm riding a GF Wahoo Disc (hardtail) so take that into account. I rode turkey hill and abington and found them to be pretty fun although there was some serious mud in some spots. The pain in the butt kind that's slick enough to lose traction but thick enough to slow you down....just the right mix. Don't get me wrong, it was fun getting dirty, just be aware. Be sure to keep your speed up to help you with that, the mud can jump out of nowhere on a switchback. There aren't many obstacles so keeping your speed up is neither difficult nor dangerous. The trails are cool and they are quite tight running through some brush (wear eye pro). There are some really good climbs especially in the beginning of the abington trail. Then you get some nice easy downhills that give you enough speed to be fun with a fair amount of rock gardens but no drop offs.

A note, there are little blue arrows in some of the trees...they're actually blue circles with a white arrow in them. Probably about the size of a softball. Those guide you along turkey hill trail. Useful when you see a trail leading off when the map didn't say it should be there.

Overall good time, I'm a weekend warrior just getting back into it and I got a great workout, but I tend to pedal hard to get my heart rate up.

Definitely check it out.

Customer Service

I parked in the boat launch area west of the 407 bridge (by accident). Went back down 407 looking for the turkey hill entrance but couldn't find it. So I went up 524 and (just barely) found the abington entrance. The abington entrance is just SW of the "one truck" bridge on the E side of the road. There's a wooden sign that looks like a highway cross (but in dark wood) w/ red lettering. I followed that up to Turkey Hill, followed turkey hill clockwise (according to the map), turned left before a small wood bridge marked on the map (that trail will take you back up north to abington trail) and came out on 407 (the place I was looking for before).

If you're looking for the entrance to the Turkey Hill trail off 407, the map is kind of misleading. Find the environmental learning center and almost directly across is another sign that looks like a cross (it's in dark wood color, though) that's marked with blue lettering that says Turkey Hill Entrance. The trail cuts SE at first, and it's actually easier to see from the W side of the road. So ride south on 407 and look across the road to find it.

Definitely get a map, they're fairly accurate although they're now 3 years old

Similar Products Used: check out the rest of this park, it's great
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mikeelikesit   Cross Country Rider [Sep 10, 2004]

The park is a great place to ride and explore with very few other users. Plenty of singletrack, short hills, varying terrain. Some of the marked hiking trails may be boring to technical terrain gurus, but there are many side trails to keep a sharp eye out for. There are also several ledge drops in the 3 to 5 foot range for the brave. Keep a sharp lookout for equestrians (and related poop) and hikers, though there are usually very few and they congregate in the main park area off of PA 407 after the bridge.

Customer Service

Pick up a map at the ranger station to start. I like to park at States Creek Inlet Boat Launch Area. On the east side, take Turkey Hill to Abington, cross PA 524 to Ranger Trail. On west side, take Frost Hollow to Abington. You can also park off of Rowlands Road to ride a completely different set of trails. Take Kennedy Creek to the Bassett Path, then Abington back to Lee Hill or ATT. Lakeshore is usually very muddy, and you can expect muddy, boggy areas at all time and especially in the spring or after heavy rain amounts.

Similar Products Used: Fell Mountain (Merli-Sarnoski Park), 7-Tubs Natural Area, Prompton Dam.
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3
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3
trirmk   Racer [Feb 04, 2004]

Everything and anything you want. But like other reviewers said, watch out for the mud, especially after the rain. Even if it rained over a week ago, you're still likely to come out of the park covered in mud :0) But that's the fun part!

Customer Service

Go from the parking lots to the end of the park, turn right and go past the restroom, down the hill to the dam. Take the scary old bridge and go across the river and then up the hill and follow the road around the bend (left). Keep going up and looking to your left to find the Abington Riding Trail (another one) and prepare to get wet! ;0)

Similar Products Used: Look around and you're guaranteed to find quite a few more! Exploring that area is the best way to go.
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4
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Todd   [Jun 12, 2000]

Nice place to ride.You can pick up a tail map at the Ranger Station.Did not see any people riding.Tail's are marked very well.

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Mark   [Jul 06, 2000]

Well I suggest you don't ride her during the entire spring and a little of the summer, or after it rains. In the spring it is just god awful muddy, I went a day in june and by halfwaymy derailer was 1 solid piece of mud.....I like some mud but this was to extreme to even enjoy, or even possible to ride....If you do go bring your tools, you will need them to tighten parts. I hope the park works this trail to make it more friendly , it has potential , but since you are this close to FEll or prompton trails, go there instead...stay away from the state park un august/september.

Customer Service

A few places to start for all levels/ stop at ranger shed for map.

Similar Products Used: Fell/ prompton
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Rob   [Sep 23, 2000]

I ride this trail a few times a week. If you find the whole trail it is about 9.2 miles. There's alittle bit for everyone. Ongoing trail maintainence has put some new challenges to the trails. A couple of nice hills especially the one .8 miles long.

Customer Service

Exit 60 off I-81 ("Scott" Exit) follow signs

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James   [Sep 29, 2000]
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Donnie   [Oct 25, 2000]

try to do the whole trail without getting lost - the map help and the trail is a lot of fun. You go through just about everything on this trail if you go from beginning to end.

Customer Service

ask a park ranger for a map to the trails

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Adam   [Aug 10, 2002]

Very easy and fast singletrack. Bring the kids on this one. The trails could be maintained a little better. There is a lot of high grass and picker bushes. Besides that it is nice.

Customer Service

There is a dirt road and parking lot about 200ft after the park offices.(Immediately after bridge on left) If you are coming from 81, Its right before the bridge on right(200ft before the park offices). Duh. Park here and ride the loops right in front of you. These are the most maintained trails in the park. Its only about 4 miles for the three loops. You also have to repeat some areas. Not enough? Follow the dirt road that you drove in on back to the road. Go right over the bridge and you will see a very small footpath that goes up towards the woods. It leads to a bunch of climbing switchbacks that are very tough. One on the top of the mountain, you can follow almost any trail, and you will end up at near the park offices(500ft from where you parked) This is about another 4 miles.

Similar Products Used: Merli if you like the tough stuff.
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