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Archbald, Pennsylvania: World's Largest Glacial Pothole

Big Ice Age hole in the ground 42 feet wide that could hold 140,000 gallons of meltwater. Conveniently located next to a highway. A handy observation deck on the rim allows you to peer into its depths. If you drop your phone, it's a goner.

Archbald Pothole State Park

960 Scranton Carbondale Hwy, Archbald, PA
Archbald Pothole State Park. I-81 exit 191A onto US-6 BUS. Drive north six miles. Park entrance on the right.
Park open mid-April - mid-Nov. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Archbald Pothole State Park

State park is open as of June 2018, well marked on Business Route 6 just past the Jeep dealership. Informational signs describe how the pothole was formed and how it was discovered. Impressive natural wonder! Well worth a quick stop on your personal "World's Largest" tour.

[Darrell, 11/14/2018]

The proud on-site signs proclaim this to be a "world-class" pothole. Discovered in 1884, it's 38 feet deep and could hold enough water to fill 35 fire trucks.

World's Largest Glacial Pothole

Despite it being closed, this is a 1 minute walk off Rt 6. To quote my 8 year old son: "I'm actually impressed." Worth a detour if you're near Scranton or passing through.

[Alex, 04/03/2015]

Glacial pothole.

World's Largest Glacial Pothole

Pretty little park, but idiots have thrown some trash in the hole. Easy, quick visit. No facilities, no explanatory plaque or display. Nothing else to see there but the pot hole. Still, glad we went. A nice little break from driving.

[Hal Clarke, 09/19/2012]

Largest Glacial Pothole.

World's Largest Glacial Pothole

Lovely little park located right off busy highway. As a friend told me when I said where I was going, "It's a really big hole!"

[Sue, 06/27/2010]

Archbald Pothole.

Archbald Pothole State Park

Things seem to be good here at the Archbald Pothole. I took this photo on a road trip with my niece. I grew up near the Pothole -- now I live in New Jersey. As far as the State Park, there isn't any information posted... Just the sign on the road. Then you pull into the parking lot, and look into the pothole. There are no signs explaining anything. The photo shows a platform that you walk up onto to look down into the hole.

[John P Chismar, 12/06/2005]

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