- Dingman Falls
- Ski Resorts
- Hickory Run State Park
- Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark
- Boulder Field
- NASCAR Race track
Escape into the Pocono Mountains for a little rest and relaxation away from the stress of big city-living. Whether you're taking in the mountain views or sitting alongside the calming Wallenpaupack Lake, there's a little bit of something for everyone in this forested retreat. You'll find hundreds of wood cabins, stone chalets, or giant mountain lodges for the perfect vacation rental when visiting the Pocono Mountains. Many of the properties also come with sprawling decks where you can sit back and take in the subtle sounds of nature just steps away from the warm comfort of a home-style vacation rental.
The Pocono Mountains have long been a favorite holiday destination for northeastern Americans due to the region's natural beauty, rustic cabins, and outdoor sport opportunities. This rural wonderland in northeast Pennsylvania is flanked by several small towns, the most notable being Scranton, Tannersvillle, and Stroudsburg. The Pocono Mountains can be divided into seven sections each with their own distinct landscape. The region is ripe with valleys, rivers, forests, and mountains which offer the opportunity for some truly unforgettable nature adventures.
Take a tour of the surrounding countryside while you indulge in a little afternoon glass of locally made wine. The Pocono Mountains are home to 10 different wineries selling everything from cabernets to merlots, riesling to rose. There are also a selection of microbreweries which specialize in unique craft brew tastes and provide tasting rooms for you to enjoy the hoppy atmosphere.Destination for fishermen
Lake Wallenpaupack is the third largest man-made lake and well-known in Pennsylvania for its fishing opportunities of walleye, argemouth bass, and rainbow trout. Daily equipment rentals are available through the Fishing Tackle Loner Program at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors center for those who don't have their own line. Note that a fishing license is required at this location and can be bought either online, by mail, or in person before setting out on the lake.Destination for race car enthusiasts
The Pocono Racetrack hosts two NASCAR races every summer as well as several opportunities for adrenaline chasing fans to get in on the action. Take your turn on the "Tricky Triangle" where you can race in a NASCAR stock car going 165-mph along the 2.5-mile speedway. Reservations should be made in advance to ensure a coveted spot on the racetrack, but it's definitely worth stopping by while visiting the Pocono Mountains.
Classical music and dance enthusiasts willl love the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival which runs for 3-weeks in the summer. The annual festival also provides educational programs and performances in the genres of opera, chamber music, dance, broadway, and jazz for a wider variety of audiences.
Walk across Bolder Field at Hickory Run State Park which has remained relatively unchanged for the past 20,000 years. The Boulder field is a unique natural phenomenon which has filled a flat valley with medium sized rocks and no vegetation, covering an area of 400 by 1,800 feet. Here you can stay in one of several camping cottage cabins which puts the beauty of the outdoors right in your back pocket. Hickory Run State Park also features many other notable sites including the Lehigh Gorge, Sand Spring Lake, Hawk Falls, and Stametz Dam. The park is also popular for its trout streams which draws hundreds of fishermen each year to take advantage of the river's bounty.Ski the winter mountain trails
Take to the slopes and see why so many people make the Pocono Mountains their must-see winter destination. From cross-country skiing to toboggan runs, snowboard pipes to snow tubing--the possibilities are endless with over 185 different slops and trails that dot the Pocono Mountains region. For a little less adrenaline, try your hand at ice skating or mush a team of sled dogs through the snowy terrain to get the most out of your visit. Travel tip: one of the most unique ways to transverse this wintery landscape is by sleigh ride through the many horseback trails.Dingmans Falls
Visit the second highest waterfall in Pennsylvania at Dingman Falls. Pass through rhododendron shrubs and towering hemlock trees as you follow the flat boardwalk trail to the 130 foot plunge. The trailhead starts at the Dingmans Falls visitor center and is located within the larger Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The observation deck at the top of the falls lends some incredible views of the surrounding nature, though please note that the pool at the bottom of the falls is prohibited for swimming.Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark
For a more controlled outdoor experience, visit Pennsylvania's largest outdoor water-themed extravaganza at the Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark. Located in Tannersville, the waterpark is full of wave pools, waterslides, lazy rivers, and cabanas to spend a fun day in the sun. The park provides a fun family-friendly space close to the Pocono Mountains which also doubles as a ski resort destination in the winter months.
Due to the region's rich soil and temperate climate, the Pocono Mountains are filled with small family farms which specialize in growing fruits, vegetables, and in some cases accompanying livestock. Several farms have recently opened up their doors to provide delicious, fresh, and healthy meals to the public. Dishes are prepared using seasonal ingredients and presented right on the farm for a cozy and authentic eating experience.