Hiking is among the things to do near Carbondale PA

Our Favorite Things to Do Near Carbondale, PA

Known as The Pioneer City, Carbondale is a hidden gem full of things to do for the whole family. It is home to parks for playing, trails for hiking, and history to explore. There is even an annual summer festival held to celebrate the town. Before you plan your next getaway, find out some of our favorite things to do near Carbondale, PA.

Whether you live here or play here, you will definitely want to download our Northeastern Pennsylvania Destination Guide. This free directory is packed with helpful information about what to experience during your stay. In addition to our favorite things to do near Carbondale, PA, you’ll find out about upcoming events and local entertainment, restaurants you will want to try, outdoor recreation, and more!

Here Are Just a Few of our Favorite Things to Do Near Carbondale, PA


Merli Sarnoski Park is a great green space that offers visitors over 850 acres to explore. Once you have arrived, there are areas to swim, play, bike, fish, and picnic. There is even a sandy beach area for relaxing. There is so much to do at this local park, you can plan to stay busy for the whole day!

Archbald Pothole State Park is a 149-acre park that you just have to see to believe. This park is named after a geologic feature, a giant “pothole,” that formed 15,000 years ago! Visitors looking for a nice place to walk will find a loop trail that runs past an old coal mine tram road.

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
Merli Sarnoski County Park
Carbondale River Walk

Don’t miss the chance to explore a great trail close to Hotel Anthracite, the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. This rail trail runs for almost 18 miles. The Carbondale section runs for 3.25 miles and the trail head is just two blocks from the hotel’s front door. This pathway is a great local spot for walking and biking.

Those looking to mountain bike in the area will love the D & H Rail Trail. The trail is named after the Delaware and Hudson Railroad and runs parallel to the Lackawanna River. The terrain is pretty rugged, so mountain bikes are necessary. Since the trail runs for 38 miles, plan accordingly!

Other Fun Things to Do While You Visit Carbondale, PA


If you will be visiting the area in August, the Pioneer Nights Block Party is a festival you will want to attend. The festival takes place in mid-August. The streets come alive with music, vendors, and activities for kids.


Walk across the street to City Hall. The Carbondale Historical Society is located on the third floor and is a treasure-trove of local artifacts and memorabilia. Trace the city’s growth from the earliest coal mine to the D&H Railroad, immigration and beyond.

Let Us Host You on Your Getaway at Hotel Anthracite

Hotel Anthracite, formerly the Carbondale Grand Hotel, is the place to stay when visiting our beautiful region. The hotel offers 61 guest rooms, a courtyard, a deck to enjoy in the warmer months, a fine dining restaurant, and an event center. The décor is a mix of modern amenities and details that remind you of a time when coal mining was a way of life. Be sure to check out the captivating photos in our lobby.

When planning your getaway don’t forget to download our Destination Guide. We look forward to hosting you at our property very soon!