North/South Loop

Big Pocono State Park

Delaware + Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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North/South Loop


  • Forest foliage along South Trail.- North/South Loop
  • Turn left at this junction. North/South Loop Hike.- North/South Loop
  • The view looking south on the North/South Loop Hike.- North/South Loop
  • Views on the North/South Loop Hike.- North/South Loop
  • Icy features on the North Trail.- North/South Loop
  • View looking north on the North/South Loop Hike.- North/South Loop
  • View looking north on the North/South Loop Hike.- North/South Loop
Overview + Weather
Good views.
No vehicle access in winter.
Delaware + Lehigh Valley, PA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
2,103.00 ft (640.99 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.60 mi (9.01 km)
Total elevation gain: 
800.00 ft (243.84 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
20,271.00 ft (6,178.60 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Big Pocono State Park's 1,300 acres encompass a 7-mile trail network and Camelback Mountain, a 2,133-foot prominence also known as Big Pocono, an adaptation of its native name. The North/South Loop traverses its summit and offers some of the area's best views over the Pocono Mountains and Pocono Plateau. Steep in places, it is a vigorous 5-mile hike that rewards hikers with forest foliage and views to the horizon.

To complete this loop hike requires travel along the park road to the parking area. To access the South Trail, park just outside the park entrance near the gate. (Note that the gate is locked in winter and after sunset). Walk into the park along the road for less than 0.25 mile. The trailhead is on the right. The trail heads west for a short distance until a junction with state land trails. Turn left, taking the unmarked trail on the far left. The trail follows a ridge for about 1.5 miles until it turns right and begins to descend. The trail ends at a trail junction with the North Trail and the North Loop Trail. Follow the North Trail until you reach the border of Camelback Ski Resort. The trail turns left here and climbs until Big Pocono Loop Road. Exit onto the road and follow it back to your vehicle at the entrance gate.

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