Gouldsboro State Park is 2,800 acres of glorious state forest wrapped around the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake. Wild and mystic, it’s wetlands are open to hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and picnicking. The park is named for robber baron and railroad titan Jay Gould. The government bought it and now everybody can enjoy it. So there, Jay Gould, you ol’ crook!
You can hike your way from Gouldsboro to neighboring Tobyhanna State Park.
The sandy beach on Gouldsboro Lake is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Bring your non-powered boats and electric motors. The park rents kayaks, paddle boats, and electric boats. If you bring your own boat, make sure you have a current registration. You can have one from any state, or a launch permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will do.
Gouldsboro Lake is a warm water fishery. The common game fish are pickerel, yellow perch, bass, walleye, sunfish, muskellunge, and catfish. Gouldsboro Lake is also a popular ice fishing destination. The thickness of the ice is not monitored by the park staff, so use caution when venturing out onto the ice!
Gouldsboro State Park provides five wooded picnic areas with about 300 picnic tables. Picnicking is permitted throughout the year. An accessible picnic pavilion with electricity can be reserved up to 11 months in advance. If unreserved, the picnic pavilion is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
The rugged terrain of Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro state parks makes for challenging but rewarding hiking. All trails are blazed. Double blazes indicate a change of direction or a junction of two trails. Prospect Rock Trail is 5.8-mile loop and hiking is difficult, with some very rocky sections. The Old Route 622 trail is 1.25 miles, wide and flat, and the hiking is easy. Great for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.
Try the 3.2-mile Frank Gantz Trail (named after a man who did a lot of work for the trail system, and who not a robber baron). This trail directly connects Tobyhanna State Park and Gouldsboro. Bring along your hiking boots and be prepared to rock hop while you venture between the lakes.