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Street Address: Mid Valley Access Area 1100 Mid Valley Rd Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Mailing Address: c/o Promised Land State Park Complex 100 Lower Lake Rd Greentown, PA 18426
Park Manager: Brian Taylor
Contact Info: 570-676-3428
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Park Alerts ( 3 Alerts )

  • Seasons and Hours: Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

  • Drone Restrictions: To protect park resources, limit conflict with other park users, and avoid safety and privacy liabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are only permitted on designated flying fields in six remote controlled airfield parks (Beltsville, Benjamin Rush, Hillman, Lackawanna, Prompton, and Tuscarora). Drones are only permitted in other PA State Parks in very limited circumstances which require a special use permit.

  • General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

    To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

    • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

    • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

    • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

    • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

Park Description

The gift of veterinarian Dr. Mead Shaffer, the 343-acre Varden Conservation Area is in Wayne County. This magnanimous gift of land is a pristine area in a once-remote section of the state that now is beginning to feel the pressure of development. It will be protected and used for future generations as a respite from daily life, and a place to learn about our wonderful natural history. The property will be managed through Promised Land State Park, Pike County.

Things To Do ( 5 Available)

If the activity symbol is blue, this activity can accommodate people with a disability. Please contact the park at 570-676-3428 for more details.

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    Education Programs

  • fishing


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    Cross Country Skiing

  • hunting


  • hiking


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    • Shaffer'S Way
      Easiest 0.23 miles
    • Holster Creek
      Easiest 0.55 miles
    • Wood Tower
      Easiest 0.78 miles
    • Deer Run
      Easiest 0.12 miles
    • Steel Tower
      Easiest 0.27 miles
    • Bluebird
      Easiest 0.71 miles
      Blue Bird intereptation trail
    • Critter'S Run
      Easiest 0.08 miles
    • Shortcut
      Easiest 0.10 miles
    • Hemlock
      Easiest 0.28 miles
    • Pond Loop
      Easiest 0.73 miles
    • Tall Timber
      More Difficult 0.35 miles
    • Beechwood
      Easiest 0.15 miles
    • Middle Creek
      Easiest 0.45 miles
    • Pond View
      Easiest 0.36 miles
    • Tannery
      Easiest 0.63 miles
    • Overlook Ridge
      Easiest 1.14 miles
    • Bear Paw
      Easiest 0.67 miles

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