Lake Nockamixon State Park - Cabins

Dave Moz

Jul 15, 2021
I was torn on adding this review since it's not really camping, it's cabins. Sometimes we like a break from the pop-up and this is now our go-to place.

Lake Nockamixon is a PA State Park with an 8-mile long lake with hiking trails, horse trails, biking trails, boat rentals, large marina to keep your boat there, and plenty of room for everyone. It's located about 1 hour north of Philadelphia.

There are only 10 cabins for rent in the State Park. The cabins are located on the opposite side of the lake from the day-use area, so they are pretty secluded and quiet.

Stayed Sun, Sept 5 - Wed Sept 8.
The Great:
Location - These are excellent if you want some privacy. Each cabin is spaced well enough away from the others so you really don't see much of your neighbors. They are close enough though to walk to and from each other and the small playground in the section of the park.
No cabins are on the lake, but it is an easy walk down paths to the lake. There is also a semi-grown over area for launching non-motorized craft. (Motorized craft must go to the other side of the lake.)
At night, you can really just enjoy the sounds of nature while relaxing.
Another plus is that since there are only 10 cabins, there's not much traffic on the roads and we were able to walk and bike to our fishing spots with no problems.

The cabins - In two stays, the cabins were well maintained, super clean, and large enough for us. Ours were two bedrooms, one with a queen, the other with 2 twin bunk beds. The bathroom was spacious. The living room and kitchen area connect with plenty of room - a couch, chair, dining room table, and seats are there. Also a sink, full fridge/freezer, an electric stove/oven, and a microwave are provided.
The cabins also have covered wrap around porches, fire pits, a charcoal grill, and plenty of room around each.

The Good:
Two families along the road leading to the cabins sell firewood for $10 a stack - about 15-20 pieces. They only put out one stack at a time though and are cash only. The house closest to the main road would refill the stack quicker than the one closer to the cabins.
There is also plenty of deadfall to use. With the recent rain and flooding, t was a bit wet to use.

The location - The cabin side of the lake does not offer much besides the cabins and a small playground. To use the pool or the motorized boat launch, you must drive around the lake. It's about a 15-20 minute drive. There is also a boat rental on the day-use side of the lake.
You can also hike the trails to the other side of the lake, something we have not done yet.

The cabin accessories - You must bring everything with you. Sheets, linens, pots, silverware, pans, etc are not provided. So this could be a bit of a pain for some folks (like us) who keep most of our gear in the pop-up year-round.

The Meh:
Getting bait - While LN is known for fishing, bait is tough to come by. The closest live bait is about 25-30 minutes away from the cabins. There are worms available at a vending machine at the one beer store about 10 minutes away.

So yes, while not a pop-up review, it's a really nice place to just get away for a few days without all the set up.
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