The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania spread across four counties and encompass more than 150 lakes and plenty of quaint, historic towns. There is so much to do in the Poconos any time of year, from great camping and fishing and shopping in the summer, to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The Poconos has it all, and it has it with an easy, laid-back homespun charm.
There are dozens of camping (and glamping) sites in the Poconos, and you’re never far from a place to settle down for the night in comfort.
The word Pocono means “the stream between two mountains”, and this region makes good on that promise with more than 2,400 square miles of lakes, rivers and woodlands full of adventure and opportunities for exploration.
There are opportunities for mountain biking everywhere, from dirt trails at Promised Land State Park to Tobyhanna State Park, and there are paved trails all over the place: Switchback Railroad Trail, and 18-mile roundtrip through area known as “The Switzerland of America”; the 32 mies of fields and forests along the biking trail at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area;and the self-guided downhill (beginners welcome!) trail along the former railroad bed of the Lehigh River.
If you’re in it for the fishing, you have to stop at Lake Wallenpaupack, the third largest man-made lake located entirely in Pennsylvania. Stocked seasonally with trout, and hopping with walleye and largemouth bass, it’s almost impossible not to get a nibble--and the locals make it easy if you’re new to the sport, with the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program at the visitor’s center.
And just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to cook hotdogs over a fire. From brew pubs to farm-to-table restaurants to family diners to fine dining, there’s plenty of places to eat. And don’t forget the breweries and wineries that are all over the region--many give tours of their operation and you can have wine-tasting events.