The Pocono Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania attract thrill seekers and scenery lovers for good reason. The area is known to the locals as just “the Poconos.” It has 150 lakes, nearly a dozen waterfalls, adrenaline-pumping ziplines, scenery-rich hiking, challenging biking and legendary NASCAR action. There are wineries and breweries, you-pick farms and even the world’s largest country store. All four seasons are represented at this dynamic paradise, which should be a mainstay on your bucket list.
Summer brings the roar of engines and the cheers of crowds to Pocono Raceway. Known as the “Tricky Triangle,” the track challenges drivers with its three sharp turns, while the straightaway allows drivers to top 200 mph. Take the kids to Tricky’s Kit Kamp, which features games, play structures and special entertainment. The Tricky Triangle Club hosts driver Q&As. Infield camping and trackside camping accommodate RVs.
Dazzling Delaware State Forest
The Delaware State Forest features the 82-acre Tarkill Forest Demonstration Area, which was established in 1948 as a textbook example of multiuse forestry; a self-guided nature trail provides glimpses of a compelling ecosystem. Also on offer are boating, hunting and horseback riding along 26 miles of designated riding trails, along with biking and ATV trails (for all skill levels).
The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is prized as one of the most ecologically rich rivers in the Northeast, with riffles, runs, pools and a profusion of in-stream habitats. Here, you can canoe through rapids, marvel at the ever-changing scenery from rolling hills to quaint riverside villages or partake of excellent fishing in crystal-clear streams that cascade over spectacular waterfalls before joining the Delaware River.
Hiking and Biking Galore
Camelback Mountain Resort is famed for its skiing and snowboarding, and the Big Pocono State Park that surrounds it is a great spot for hiking and biking in warmer months. Skytop, known for its historic 1920s retreat hotel, also offers a wealth of outdoor adventures. The many lakes, ponds and rivers that sculpted the mountainous region are open for fishing and swimming, and outfitters are available in most towns to help guide you through exciting rafting and boating excursions. Visit Camelback Mountain Adventures for ziplines, downhill rides and other thrilling pursuits.
Fine Antiques and Amber Drinks
Amid all the recreational opportunities found in the Poconos, you’ll find some quaint, laid-back towns. Shop for stunning antiques, take a tour of wineries and microbreweries, and bask in the welcoming atmosphere. In Carbon County, visitors can explore the railroad heritage: The first railroad in the U.S. was built in the town of Jim Thorpe, the county seat.
For More Information
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development