Best Poconos Cross Country Skiing

There are many reasons to plan a trip to the Poconos: cozy cabins with wood-burning fireplaces, quality family time, and outdoor adventure. One of the top outdoor activities during the winter is cross country skiing. Not only is this activity a great workout, but it also allows you to soak in the beautiful scenery of the Pocono Mountains. Pennsylvania is full of state parks that offer both groomed and ungroomed trails, depending on your preferences. Keep reading to discover some of the best Poconos cross country skiing options.

poconos cross country skiing1. Hickory Run State Park

The best of the best Poconos cross country skiing include Hickory Run State Park, located in White Haven, Pennsylvania. Here visitors will find 13 miles of trails that are open to the public free of charge from sunrise to sunset. This is a great way to keep the cost of your winter getaway down while still having fun. Are you looking for even more ways to enjoy your winter getaway? Hickory Run State Park offers more options for outdoor fun, including snowmobiling and ice skating.

2. Promised Land State Park

Many families find out the hard way that skiing can be a costly vacation. Choose cross country skiing instead and you won't have to pay expensive lift tickets. State parks in the Poconos offer groomed trails for free cross country skiing. One of the best places is the Promised Land State Park, and specifically the Bruce Lake Natural Area, located by Lake Wallenpaupack. Before you head out on a cross country skiing adventure, be sure to familiarize yourself with a map of the local trails. Other great trails here include Kleinshans trails and Panther Swamp trails. Over the course of a trip, start out with the beginner trails and work your way up over time.

3. Gouldsboro State Park

Before you head out on a cross country skiing trip, be sure to do some research on what trails are appropriate for your experience level. For example, in Gouldsboro State Park, the Old Route 611 trails are better suited for beginners, while the Prospect Rock trail has some difficult and rocky areas. This is particularly important if you're traveling as a family or giving cross country skiing a try for the first time.

4. Worlds End State Park

Another great park in Pennsylvania for cross country skiing is Worlds End State Park. With a network of 20 miles in trails, you won't have to return to the same trail twice during a cross country skiing getaway. There are many more winter activities to keep your family occupied during a trip to the Poconos including ice skating, snowmobiling, sledding, and even ice fishing.

5. Nescopeck State Park

If your idea of the best Poconos cross country skiing includes ungroomed, natural trails, head to Nescopeck State Park for your cross country skiing adventure. This state park (near Mount Pocono) permits cross country skiing on all of its trails. Here you will find flat trails, or some with a slight grade, that are ideal for families. Many visitors to this state park find it so beautiful during a cross country skiing trip, that they return after the snow has thawed to explore on foot along the many hiking trails.

There are a few important items to bring to ensure the best possible cross country skiing experience. Be sure to pack along layers of clothing that will help you to adapt to different temperatures. Several pairs of socks will help to keep your feet warm and dry during a cross country skiing adventure. Lastly, a waterproof jacket and pants will keep you comfortable on the trails.

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