Agency Spotlight: Gouldsboro State Park
Gouldsboro State Park, in Monroe and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, contains 2,800 acres of land, including the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake. Tobyhanna State Park is nearby.
The 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake has 50 overnight mooring spaces. A boat rental has rowboats, kayaks, paddleboats, canoes and electric motor boats and is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, except in inclement weather.
The common fish in the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake are bass, pickerel, yellow perch, catfish and sunfish. The lake also has walleye and crappie. An ADA accessible fishing pier is near Parking Lot 4.
The sand beach with rustic restrooms at Gouldsboro State Park is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset.
Gouldsboro State Park provides five wooded picnic areas with picnic tables and charcoal grills. Picnicking is permitted year-round. The ADA accessible picnic pavilion near Lot 3 has electricity.
The rugged terrain of the park makes for challenging but rewarding hiking. All trails are blazed. Double blazes indicates a change of direction or a junction of two trails.
- Prospect Rock Trail: 5.8 miles, more difficult hiking. This large, loop trail begins in the day use area. Some sections follow the old entrance road and Old Route 611, which are suitable for bicycling and cross-country skiing. But, there are several very rocky sections.
- Old Route 611: 1.25 miles, easiest hiking. This flat, wide trail runs along the western side of Gouldsboro State Park, paralleling I-380. Part of the trail is Prospect Rock Trail. This trail is excellent for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing.
- Frank Gantz Trail: 3.2 miles, most difficult hiking. Frank Gantz Trail connects to Tobyhanna at Lakeside Trail and to Gouldsboro in the south day use parking lot. Children should not hike this trail without adult supervision. Special care is needed to cross PA 4013 (Tobyhanna Road). This is a very demanding trail with many areas where ‘rock hopping’ is necessary. Good hiking boots are essential for a pleasant and safe hike. Allow at least three hours for a round trip.
Old Route 611 and Prospect Rock trails begin in the day use area.
Most of Gouldsboro State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons.
The park provides for excellent winter activities. Hiking trails can be cross-country skied with adequate snow. Old Route 611 Trail is recommended. The lake is popular for ice fishing. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment. And ice skating is available as natural conditions permit. Gouldsboro State Park has a 1 acre area near Parking Lot 4.
From about 1900 to 1936, Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro lakes were the site of active ice industries. The ice was cut from the lakes during the winter and stored in large barn-like structures. During the rest of the year, the ice was added to railroad boxcars hauling fresh produce and meats destined for East Coast cities. Boxcar loads of ice were also shipped to cities for use in family iceboxes (early refrigerators). During the summer when ice usage peaked, up to 150 boxcar loads per day shipped out of the Tobyhanna, Gouldsboro and Klondike (near Gouldsboro) plants. Some ice was even shipped to Florida for use in hospitals.
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