The Summer is all about relaxing and enjoying the warmer weather outdoors. While PA may not technically border an ocean, there are still some breathtaking lakes throughout the state that provide the perfect beach atmosphere for a sunny day.
Here are 7 of the most tranquil and best-hidden beaches in the Keystone State.
Shades Beach Park | Erie, PA
Off the beaten path but still easy to access, Shades is located in Western PA near Lake Erie. Here you will find hiking trails, a boat launch, playgrounds, and a picnic facility. The hike up the trail located at the back end of the beach is well worth the effort. It boasts incredible sunset views of the water.
Smithfield Beach | East Stroudsburg, PA
This small beach located along the water gap inside this National park in East Stroudsburg is the perfect place to fish, kayak, or just relax. Clean and very well maintained, cars must pay a fee of $10 for entry. In order to maintain its tranquility, the beach prohibits loud music and alcohol of any kind.
Erie Bluffs State Park | Erie, PA
This secluded beach on Lake Erie is much quieter than its neighboring beach, Presque Isle. This scenic path wanders through a lush forest with gorgeous lake views and leads to a secluded beach. If you are seeking relaxation and beautiful views of the water, you’ve found the perfect trail.
Palmyra Township Public Beach | Palmyra, PA
This beach in Pike County is hidden right beyond the visitors center. Once there, drive to the very end of the parking lot. Guests pay just $7 to enter and kids are just $2. The water here is just deep enough for a swim but shallow enough for younger kids to still enjoy.
Bald Eagle State Park | Howard, PA
Located in the middle of the state, Bald Eagle State Park is a stunning beach with lots to do. From hiking to boating, camping, and swimming, the park is over 5,000 acres.
Tuscarora State Park | Barnesville, PA
A tranquil and beautiful place to visit, Tuscarora is located on 1,618 acres in Schuylkill County. The lake opens for swimming every memorial day but does not have lifeguards present. Perfect for a weekend getaway, the park offers camping sites and cottages for visitors.
Poe Valley State Park | Coburn, PA
This small 25-acre lake promises a day of relaxation. At just 5 feet deep, this is the perfect place to bring the family for the day. The park features picnic benches and a snack bar.