Fresh mountain air, warm summer sun, a cool sparkling pool and acre upon acre of outdoor fun are only a short bus ride away
Beginning May 30 through September 2, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) will once again offer their Frances Slocum State Park Bus Route. This award-winning program is celebrating its tenth year in operation. The service is unique to NEPA. The LCTA is the only transit authority in the state to offer public transportation to a state park.
Catch the #24 bus to Frances Slocum weekdays and Saturdays
The route will be available three times a day Monday through Friday and twice on Saturday. On the way to Frances Slocum, the bus will service stops in Wilkes-Barre, Kingston, Edwardsville, Luzerne, Forty Fort, Exeter and Wyoming. In total, it’s just a 30-minute ride from the Intermodal Center in Wilkes-Barre to the park.
It’s a simple, affordable way for everyone to get out and enjoy one of NEPA’s most popular state parks. And senior citizens ride free with proper ID.
There is so much to do at Frances Slocum State Park
At Frances Slocum State Park you can walk, hike or run over 13 miles of nature trails. You can even load your bike on the bus and hit over 5 miles of designated mountain biking trails. There are also boat and kayak rentals for those looking to get out on the water.
If you just want to relax, pack some sandwiches and enjoy a picnic at one of the many tables throughout the park. You can even bring the burgers and hot dogs. The park offers charcoal-only grills near each picnic table area.
There is a playground and plenty of wide-open space for the kids to enjoy. And don’t forget the swimsuit because Frances Slocum also features a swimming pool with several slides (additional fee for pool entry).
You can also bring the old rod and reel. The 165-acre Frances Slocum Lake is open to fishing. Just find a shady spot along the Lakeshore Trail or at the ADA accessible fishing pier. Just don’t forget you’ll need a license to fish.
Join the LCTA, hop on the bus and make this summer one to remember at Frances Slocum State Park.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 6/26/2018.