Gouldsboro State Park is a 420-acre, water-centric landscape that offers a few great ways to beat the summertime heat. For backpackers, there are 10 miles of rugged trails to check out. These trails are blazed throughout, indicating things such as level of difficulty and trail splits. Gouldsboro State Park requests that all hikers follow park rules when enjoying these trails.
Make sure to wear a good set of hiking boots, don't let children go unaccompanied, and keep all motorized vehicles off of these paths. Park officials would like to remind guests that many of these trails feature challenging obstructions that can often require some decent climbing ability. Weather can also affect the accessibility and safety of these trails, so guests should regularly stay updated via the Gouldsboro State Park mobile app.
Canines are welcome on these trails, as long as they stay on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Visitors should bring baggies in case their pets leave any refuse behind. Fishers are welcome to try their luck in the 250-acre Gouldsboro lake. A warm water fishery, this body of water houses several species including bass, pickerel, yellow perch, catfish, and many others.
Multiple concrete fishing piers are scattered around the lake, so there are usually spots for everyone. An ADA accessible fishing pier can be found near Parking Lot #4. Make sure to bring everything you might need for the sport, as Gouldsboro State Park doesn't offer any rental programs. If you'd like to bring your dog, make sure that they stay restrained throughout their visit.
During the winter months, this lake hosts ice fishing. Keep in mind that the ice thickness is not monitored by the park, so avoid this part of the fishing season if you're unfamiliar with ice testing methods. Boating is offered in Gouldsboro Lake as well, with 50 overnight morning spaces being provided free to overnight guests. A state permit is required for both sailing and mooring of water vessels and can be found at the Tobyhanna State Park office.