Pocono Trail Ride - Camelback Mountain off Camelback Road
Tannersville, PA. 18372
One of the
highest elevation rides in the Poconos. Absolutely wonderful views
of the Delaware Water Gap, and across NJ to the southern tip of
New York State. (Look for the obelisk at High Point Park to the
North East.) Get information, maps and supplies at "The Loft"
on Camelback Road on your way up. Make it a two day trip and spend
the second day relaxing your sore muscles at Camelbeach Water
Park in the Kahuna Lagoon Wave Pool. The trails are numerous,
some isolated, single track and woods roads and an old railroad
bed. Take lots of water on this ride! Be aware of the wild life
- we've seen bear, foxes, an abundance of dear and on one occasion
a real wild Bobcat.
choose to ride in the Adjacent State Gamelands:
Lands 38 contains 3,943 acres of forest adjacent to Big Pocono
State Park and is undeveloped, with rocky, little-used roads and
an abandoned railroad grade. A boulder field and kettle lakes
are reminders of glacial history. The glacier gouged out depressions,
which filled with melting ice. These lakes are fed by groundwater
alone and, on a geologic scale, are temporary features. They will
eventually fill with sediment and become swamp and then forest.
Interesting features: Pennsylvania kettle lakes, boulder field.
Surface: Rough woods road, abandoned railroad grade, power-line
recommended by our PoconosBest.com Staff. Who bikes here: All
the Local and State Officials. More on Big
Where You will Stay: "The Chateau"
Call 1-800-805-3559 for reservations
Our 2 day
2 night Mountain Biking In Big Pocono State Park
$499 + Tax ($249.50 per person) for two people for 2 nights package
accommodations at The Chateau (a 3.5 to 4 Star hotel on the Mountain)
for two. Breakfast is available for a charge in the onsite restaurant.
rental for 2 for One Day. 9 AM until 5 PM. (Use either day of
your stay reserved in advance.)
Voucher for one dinner (Value to $40.00) At Alaska
Pete's Roadhouse Saloon and Restaurant - About a 18 minute
drive of the hotel.
> Map to
Trail Entrance, Map of Trail, Guide to Big Pocono State Park.
is for the novice to intermediate biker. A fun easy trip with
some hills and single track up and down the same path with views
of the river and mountains. Since you will be traveling through
the State Park the entire trip, you'll not see any houses and
very little evidence of civilization. The land along the trip
is pretty much the way it was in the 1700s.
For bike rentals go to The Loft just 5 minutes from where the
trail begins. Camelback Road Tannersville, PA 18372 Guided
hikes in the area are also available.
will stay at this Hotel "The
may request an other more romantic Country Inn during the reservation
process and most of the time we will be able to accommodate you.
However final selection of the inn is based upon availability.
It is possible that we may have to finalize your reservation at
an inn other than your preference. Each inn has its unique ambienace
and all are inviting, clean and friendly.
+ Tax ($249.50 per person) for two people for 2 nights
Call 1-800-805-3559 for reservations
Pocono State Park Bike Trails Map
Big Pocono State Game Lands 38 Biking Map
Biking: Bicycles are permitted on all hard surface roads shared
by vehicles. Mountain biking is permitted on South Trail and North
Trail Lower Loop. Bikes are prohibited on the connecting trails
from the parking lots and on Indian and North trails.
The top of
Camelback Mountain is a unique forest called a scrub oak shrubland.
Wind-dwarfed gray birch, quaking aspen, red pine and scrub oak
cover the mountaintop, with no tree over twenty feet tall. Lowbush
blueberry, sweet fern and mountain laurel grow under the short
trees. Down slope, the forest offers more shade with mixed hardwoods
including oak, maple, and hickory trees.
South Trail are lined with blueberry and mountain laurel, which
bloom in mid-June. On the north side of the mountain, North Trail
Lower Loop Trail on the old railroad grade passes through a rock
cut and offers hikers a glimpse of a hemlock and rhododendron
glen, which is surprisingly cool on hot summer days. Rhododendron
blooms in late July.
Big Pocono State Park is on land which was owned by Henry S. Cattell
near the turn of the 20th century. Mr. Cattell, being very fond
of the view from the summit of Camelback Mountain, and knowing
that many others shared his love for the area, constructed a stone
cabin on the summit in 1908. The Cattell Cabin was left unlocked
for many years to be used as a shelter by anyone who wished.
Bureau of Forestry has maintained Big Pocono Fire Tower on
the mountain for the purpose of detecting forest fires in the
surrounding private and state forest lands. The tower is staffed
only during the spring and fall seasons and has been dedicated
by the National Fire Tower Association as a historical structure.
In 1928, 12
years after Mr. Cattell's death, the Pennsylvania Game Commission
purchased the area. In 1950, a portion of the state land on the
steep north slope of the mountain was leased to Big Pocono Skiing,
Inc., for commercial ski development. Later named Camelback Ski
Corporation, the facility has been developed into a major ski
In 1953, a
1,306-acre portion of the state game lands, including the ski
area lease, was acquired by the Pennsylvania Department of Forests
and Waters (now the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)
for the purpose of developing a state park at the mountain's summit.
In 1954, after
the construction of restrooms, parking areas, picnic sites, fireplaces
and a scenic drive around the summit, the area was opened to the
public as Big Pocono State Park. The Cattell Cabin (pictured below)
served for many years as a park office and nature museum