Encompassing the mountainous region of northeastern Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains, often referred to as the Poconos, represents dense forests, peaks and valleys, and lakes and rivers, all calling to be explored. Featuring one of the southern-most ski resorts in the states, the Poconos are also known for birding in the Delaware Water Gap, hiking near the Bushkill Falls, as well as for fishing and boating on Lake Wallenpaupack. Recreation abounds year-round with hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and fishing in the summer and skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in the winter.
Covering roughly 2,400 square miles, the Poconos region is home to Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties and over a dozen towns, each offering its own uniqueness, a variety of lodging options, and amenities for visitors. The area is bordered by the Delaware River to the east, Lake Wallenpaupack to the north, the Wyoming Valley on the east, and the Lehigh Valley to the south. The region is easily accessible by car from many New England cities, including New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, making travel easy from any major east coast airport. Peak travel typically takes place in the summer months, between May and September when the weather is warmest but if you are traveling to the area to ski, December to March is the best time.
Things to Do
Historic Victorian town of Jim Thorpe: Visit a number of historic sites and museums, shop at unique boutiques and antique stores, and get outdoors in Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Delaware Water Gap: Encompassing 40 miles of the Delaware River, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area features over 100 miles of hiking trails near beautiful waterfalls, gorges, and ravines.
Camelback Mountain Resort: With an 800 foot vertical drop, Camelback is a wonderful family friendly ski resort in the winter. In the summer, visitors will enjoy a zipline, mountain coaster, and indoor waterpark.
Bushkill Falls: One of the many streams that feeds the Delaware River is the Little Bushkill. The Bushkill Falls are the last of 8 falls through Laurel Glen and Upper Canyon, dropping 100 feet over a cliff into a deep pool before dropping another 70 feet. There is a great hiking trail and wooden bridges offering upclose views of the falls.
Hickory Run State Park: Discover hiking trails to the moon-like Boulder Field, swimming holes at Sand Spring Lake, and great fishing in the summer, and cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
No. 9 Coal Mine: Head into the mountain on a guided tour to discover the dark world of coal mining.
Promised Land State Park: With two stunning lakes and meandering trails through dense forest, spend a day in Promised Land State Park to hike, canoe, picnic, or just enjoy nature.
Lake Wallenpaupack: 13.5 miles long with 52 miles of shoreline, Lake Wallenpaupack has campgrounds and hiking trails with many options for boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing.
Lehigh Gorge State Park: Plunge into the Lehigh River, great for rafting, canoeing, or kayaking. Explore one of its many hiking trails or mountain bike down the Rail Trail.