What to do in Archbald Pothole State Park

Archibald Pothole State Park is a 150-area park located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park name is derived from Archibald Pothole, a geologic feature which formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period around 15,000 years ago.

The interior lands of the park are undergoing strip mine reclamation. This reclaimed land will be used for outdoor recreation and will also include athletic fields. Hiking trails are available on the park grounds. Over 100 acres of Archibald Pothole State Park are open to hunting during established Pennsylvania Game Commission hunting seasons. The hunting area is wheelchair accessible.

Archbald Pothole State Park is a 150-area park located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park name is derived from Archbald Pothole, a geologic feature which formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period around 15,000 years ago. Archbald Pothole was discovered in 1884 by a coal miner named Patrick Mahon while extending a mine shaft. About 1,000 feet north of Archbald Pothole, another pothole was found and thought to be larger but was never excavated because of the excessive cost. With the addition of 150 acres, Archbald Pothole became a Lackawanna County park in 1940. The county deeded the property to the state in 1961. The park opened in 1964 after improvements.

Recreation
The interior lands of the park are undergoing strip mine reclamation. This reclaimed land will be used for outdoor recreation and will also include athletic fields. Hiking trails are available on the park grounds.

Over 100 acres of Archbald Pothole State Park are open to hunting during established Pennsylvania Game Commission hunting seasons; with these exceptions: 1) hunting of woodchucks also known as groundhogs is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations are in effect for all activities in the park.

Exercise EXTREME CAUTION with firearms at all times. This is a public park; it is used by others throughout the hunting season. Firearms and archery equipment may only be uncased and ready for use in authorized hunting areas during established seasons.

The hunting area is wheelchair accessible.

Location
The park is located in northeastern Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County. It is easily accessible off of Interstate 81. Take Exit 57A to Route 6 east towards Carbondale. The park entrance is six miles on the right.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Archbald Pothole State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging from 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range from 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Address
c/o Lackawanna State Park
R.R. 1., Box 230
Dalton, PA 18414-9785

Phone: 570-945-3239


Email: lackawanna@dcnr.state.pa.us
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