In my previous post, I wrote about a trip we took to the Jim Thorpe area to ride the Lehigh Gorge Scenic bike train. During this trip, we stayed at an Airbnb located super close to Beltzville State Park. We needed to be out of the house by noon, so we packed up the car and headed to the nearby park to check it out.
Beltzville State Park has a large recreation and picnic area and lake that offers both swimming, boating and kayaks for rent. The picnic area also has a covered bridge that was moved from another section of the park, at the request of residents.
We pulled into the first parking lot on the right, a little further away from the crowded picnic pavilion and found a trail off the lot towards the lake. We were pleasantly surprised to find a semi-private beach with a picnic table and shade. There were a few other folks in other sections, but the tree coverage provided a pretty good amount of privacy. Dogs are allowed at Beltzville, but, of course, need to be kept on a leash at all times. The lake is used for fishing so beware of trash like lines with hooks on them; we found a bunch on the shore.
We spent a few hours by the lake, swimming and watching boats, kayaks and geese go by then headed back to Philly around 2. We stopped in Palmerton to grab some ice cream from Claude’s Creamery, a quaint, old-timey ice cream/burger joint. On the trip home I immediately started Googling campgrounds near Beltzville State Park. According to the park’s site, there are 15 miles of hiking trails. With the drive being under 2 hours, this is a place I’ll be returning to check out more of.