One of the best ways to experience the majestic beauty of the Endless Mountains is to find your way to one of the many area hiking trails. They’re a fantastic place to unplug, get back to nature, and enjoy the outdoors. From a leisurely stroll to advanced hikes, these trails have something for every skill level. The next time life has you pulled in every direction, recharge on one of these hiking trails near Scranton, PA.
If you’re looking for more ideas on what to do when you visit the Endless Mountains, be sure to download our Northeastern Pennsylvania Destination Guide. Whether you’re new to the area or just need some new ideas for things to do, this free guide is packed with great tips! In addition to learning about hiking trails near Scranton, PA, you’ll find out about other great outdoor activities, local events, historic sites, restaurants, and local shopping.
Check Out These 7 Hiking Trails Near Scranton, PA
1. Davis Trail at Nay Aug Park
Scranton’s largest park is Nay Aug Park located off of Arthur Avenue. While there, you will find Davis Trail. This 2-mile trail is an easy hike with a natural terrain. During your hike, you will see views of the Nay Aug Gorge and a waterfall. Dogs on a leash are welcome to join on this trail.
2. Bruce Lake Loop
Promised Land State Park in Greentown is about 30 minutes from Scranton and features the Bruce Lake Loop. This park is home to over 50 miles of trails. You’ll love the views on this 7.5-mile trek. The Bruce Lake Loop is moderate in difficulty and leads to a natural glacial lake.
3. Big Lake Trail
For views of Lake Ariel, you must hike the Big Lake Trail in the Lacawac Sanctuary. The natural trail is a 2.9-mile loop and passes Golden and Heron Ponds.
4. Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
Right outside our door here at Hotel Anthracite, you will find the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. The trail runs for 17.9 miles and is a part of a 70-mile trail system in Pennsylvania. Part of the trail follows the Lackawanna River and is nice for a peaceful walk.
5. Hike Around Lake Scranton
The 3.5-mile walk around Lake Scranton is great for a jog or a stroll with lovely views of the area.
6. Archbald Pothole State Park
Archbald Pothole State Park is a 20-minute drive from Scranton. While you’re there checking out the 38-foot deep pothole for which the park is named, check out the loop trail in the park. The trail is small and follows an old coal mine tram road.
7. Hickory Run State Park
Hickory Run State Park in White Haven, PA, is a 40-minute ride from Scranton. This park offers 44 miles of trails all of which offer amazing views year round. The Bear Trail is an easy hike at just 1.1 miles. The path is wide and grassy and easy to maneuver. For a more difficult hike, check out the 4.8-mile Fourth Run Trail. It is the longest trail in the park and passes a variety of habitats, a place for fishing and lush landscape along the way.
Stay at Hotel Anthracite When You Visit Carbondale
All of these trails are not only convenient to Scranton, they are also less than an hour from Hotel Anthracite, Carbondale’s newest modern hotel. Formerly known as the Carbondale Grand Hotel, this historic hotel will have you feeling relaxed and comfortable from the moment you walk through the door. The hotel, which is 30 minutes from Scranton, is home to 61 guest rooms, a fitness center, fine dining restaurant Kol Steakhouse, and an outdoor courtyard. If you will be staying with us while you’re on business, we offer a variety of meeting spaces, room blocks, free Wi-Fi, and smart TVs.
When you start planning your getaway to the Endless Mountains, be sure to think of us at Hotel Anthracite. We look forward to seeing you in Carbondale soon!