Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Welcome to our Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania travel guide

The Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania span about eight main towns within four counties, featuring Camelback Mountain, the tallest of the Pocono Mountains, and Mauch Chunk Ridge. These mountains create a beautiful backdrop for outdoor adventure and stunning scenery. There is everything from touring wine country in a side-car, drive the track at the raceway, or pedal your way down a rail track.

This Pocono Mountain travel guide highlights the region as a whole, with short to medium drives to all the best things to do, places to stay and eat. Even when you’re driving through the Pocono Mountains, quaint little towns, rock faces, and rivers are nature’s window decorations.

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Alise at Hickory Run State Park, Boulder Area

Things To See in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

There are so many things to do in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, which offers a variety of outdoor adventures. The Pocono Mountains region is broad, and covers a large area, but a bit of driving, and you can have a memorable adventure. From nature bathing, to car racing, and animal hands-on experiences, the Pocono Mountains offer many fun activities to bring fun and joy to your vacation!

Soarin’ Eagle Rail Tours  – Soarin’ Eagle Rail Tours is a unique adventure that is fun for all ages. Railbike 6 miles in cycles that fit onto railroad tracks through beautiful scenery along the Lackawaxen River.

Paradise Lavender Farm – Pick your own lavender in late spring, walk an enchanted forest, have tea time or take a class at the Paradise Lavender Farm. This is a place of breathable tranquility and serenity.

Pocono Raceway – Laser shows, racing experience, protective driving, and more are offered at the Pocono Raceway. There is a viewing stand near the admin office and I highly recommend stopping by. Even if there isn’t an official race, sometimes you can glimpse other racing activities. It’s quite a thrill to stand so close to the track, feeling and hearing the vroom.

Covered Bridges – Twelve bridges span the county, with a variety of shapes and sizes. The covered bridges are a variety of sizes, locations, and backdrops to bring to life a simpler time when bridges were wooden and handmade with superior craftsmanship.

Bushkill Falls – Various waterfalls, with bridges, and trails, dubbed the Niagara of Pennsylvania Bushkill Falls requires a per person fee. Be sure to mine for gems and try the paddle boats!

Claws ‘N’ Paws – Claws ‘N’ paws is an open-air wild animal park with hands-on activities (bring cash for snack bar and animal feed) which is open select periods May-October.

BlueMountain Resort – The Blue Mountain Resort offers outdoor conditioning programs with obstacle course, high ropes course, mountain biking 1,100 feet of vertical terrain, and winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, with classes and gear available.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary – The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers 2500 acres of raptor sanctuary atop Kittatinny Ridge, providing scenic overlooks, 8-miles of trails, and accessible trails.

Rickets Glen State Park – Three parking lots provide access to 21 waterfalls along The Glens Natural Area in Rickets Glen State Park, ranging 11 foot high to over 60 foot high, or walk the 7.2-mile trail however, most waterfalls can be seen in the 3.2-mile loop.

The Historic Castle Inn – Built in the era of the Titanic, The Historic Castle Inn is a step back in time with a guided one-hour tour. Be sure to visit the unique shops and ice cream parlor.

Mercer Museum – Mercer Museum is a six-story concrete castle showcasing American craft and a vast collection of antique everyday items.

Rolling Hills Red Deer Farm – Enjoy hayride tours travel through 200 acres of rolling hills of Rolling Hills Red Deer Farm. Hand-feed the deer which number over 400. June and July are the baby-boom months, while September and October stags are grown and fighting for their place and dominance, which provide amazing photo opportunities. Be sure to buy an apple and oat treat bucket(s).

Hiking in the Poconos – Hike the Poconos and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Bathe in nature! You can choose your hike with THIS and THIS detailed hiking guide.

Pohopoco Creek Alpacas – Visit these amazing naturally curious and happy animals by making an appointment at the Pohopoco Creek Alpacas.

Poconos Slingshot Rental – Want a unique way to travel and tour? Then rent a 3-wheel slingshot from Poconos Slingshot Rental and choose from many routes to have your best day!

Hickory Run State Park – Ever see a field of boulders as far as the eye can see? Hickory Run State Park not only has over 40 miles of trails, a beautiful waterfall called Hawk Falls, but also a 20,000-year-old field of glacial boulders, some as long as 26 feet. 

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Pocono Raceway
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Places to Eat in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

The Pocono Mountains offers delicious places to eat for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. With delectable bakery items, unique atmospheres, and fresh local ingredients, eating in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania is a delight!

Stone Bar Inn – The old-style atmosphere of dark woods and Tiffany lamps at the Stone Bar Inn create a deep hunger filled by their menu, including filet mignon, rack of lamb, and pork rib chop.

Water Wheel Cafe – Café, bakery, and Bar! The Water Wheel Café is a “dining destination” for every meal of the day, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Vegan and traditional Vietnamese options are available.  

Shenanigan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grille – A neighborhood place, Shenanigan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grille is known for their wings and American-style food. They have over 30 wing sauces and dry rubs, so try as many as you can.

Barley Creek Brewing Company – The morning breakfast at the Barley Creek Brewing Company is not “your average breakfast”. Be sure to try the Bananas Foster French Toast. Brewery tours and tastings are available daily.

SOTE Gastropub – Delicious bar bites and entrees like the fried chicken and red velvet pancakes will have you going back to the SOTE Gastropub time and time again.

Pocono Organics – A healthy foods market, and delicious cafe serving smoothies, breakfast and lunch items. Check out their events calendar for special farm tours and more. 

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Pocono Organics
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Pocono Organics Outdoor Dining Area

Places to stay in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Finding an amazing place to stay in the Pocono Mountains is easy, but choosing only one is the hardest part. Beautiful scenery, activities, and luxurious accommodations make staying in the Pocono Mountains relaxing and fun.

BlueMountain Resort – At the Blue Mountain Resort everything in one place for all seasons, from lodging and glamping to food and activities for everyone. The Summit Adventure Park has a ropes course and outdoor laser tag. Outdoor archery tag is going to be your new favorite family adventure! With so many winter sports, Blue Mountain Resort makes it easy with equipment rentals.

Mountain Springs Lake Resort – The Mountain Springs Lake Resort has a variety of accommodations (the Hill Suites are my favorite). The resort amenities include complimentary rowboat, two sandy beaches with off-shore rafts, 2-mile lake-side hiking trail, paddle boating, and ice-skating pond in winter.

Santosha on the Ridge – Santosha on the Ridge, meaning “contentment”, is located on the edge of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. You will find this four-room bed-and-breakfast a respite from city life. Spend the day in a hammock with a woodland view and enjoy luxurious nights in one of four bedrooms with private baths. Home-grown veggies and berries create a delectable breakfast.

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Best In Show

Stunning scenery is the backdrop for your next vacation in the Pocono Mountains. Our best in show will ensure you are rejuvenated by the sound of water lapping the shore at a lakeside retreat. Nourishment is “brewing” for breakfast in a most unusual place- a brewery. You will create joy in a unique outdoor adventure- railbiking. 

Things to DoSoarin’ Eagle Rail Tours  – Railbiking through beautiful scenery along the Lackawaxen River with Soarin’ Eagle Rail Tours is a unique adventure. The views of the river are beautiful, and nature sightings of Eagles and other wildlife are likely. Railbikes, fitted with a rear but accessible basket for your belongings, are two and four-seater cycles that fit onto active railroad tracks, though trains do not run at the time the cycles do. You will cycle six miles round trip while enjoying light exercise at your own pace during this guided tour.  

FoodBarley Creek Brewing Company – The Barley Creek Brewing Company is an indoor/outdoor place for fun, food, and brews!  Pint Size Park & Biergarten Brewery, a unique outdoor space with yard games like “corn hole, bocce ball, ping-pong, and foosball”. The tasting room has a delicious menu that includes crafted cocktails, fun bar foods, beer and spirits. Saturday and Sunday just got bigger, with the Morning Toast, “farm-fresh ingredients, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, morning cocktails, and an exceptional menu of incredible food”.

AccommodationMountain Springs Lake Resort – The Mountain Springs Lake Resort is a lakeside resort, with water views, and 39 cabins and suites over 76 acres. The resort amenities include complimentary rowboat, two sandy beaches with off-shore rafts, 2-mile lake-side hiking trail, paddle boating, and ice-skating pond in winter. This is a great place for fall leaf peeping.

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Gregg at Hickory Run State Park
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Gregg and Alise Having Fun

Alise’s Favorites and Suggestions

Not far from the Pocono Mountains are a few other gems that are worth the drive.

T&D’s Cats of the World – T&D’s Cats of the World houses nearly 300 abused rescued animals with large enclosures funded by donations. It is worth the drive!

Lakota Wolf Sanctuary – Located in Columbia, NJ, a short drive from PA, the Lakota Wolf Sanctuary is an outstanding wolf experience. They offer guided wolf photo tours and general admission tours, which includes educational information about the wolves, bobcat, and foxes also on property.

Elk Capital of Pennsylvania – Check out 1400 majestic wild elk in the Elk Capital of Pennsylvania.

Day Trips

Jim Thorpe, PA Jim Thorpe, PA, named after the 1912 Stockholm Olympic pentathlon and decathlon winner when his wife moved his body to Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, which later changed its name to Jim Thorpe. Delicious food and outdoor adventure await you in the breathtaking scene where the landscape is cut out by the Lehigh Gorge.

Cycling in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Fetty’s Cycle Service – Fetty’s Cycle Service offers a cycle club and outstanding bike maintenance by talented and passionate cyclist and owner, Andrew Fetty. Gregg had a large bike overhaul and Andrew took amazing care to ensure the job was done right, paying attention to the smallest of details. Fetty’s Cycle Service is one of the best bike shops we’ve encountered! Andrew and his team work on many bike brands. 

Bike to Nature  – Bike to Nature in Stroudsburg is a 23-mile multi-terrain route passing various points of interest, restaurants and bathroom stops.

National Heritage Corridor – 165 miles of trails await you with the National Heritage Corridor map and information. 

Peterson’s Ski and Cycle Road Biking – Peterson’s offers a variety of local cycling paths for mountain and road biking.

Edge of the Woods Outfitters – Edge of the Woods Outfitters offers bike rentals through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s 32 miles of trails.

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Gregg with Andrew Fetty, Bike Specialist and Owner

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