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Beautiful Poconos forested mountain slopes, clear lakes, and flowers-covered valleys have attracted nature lovers, vacationing families, peace-seekers, and just about everyone else for generations.This picturesque Pennsylvania mountain in northeastern Pennsylvania overlooks the Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap and is bordered by Lake Wallenpaupack and the Wyoming Valley. The spectacular natural beauty of the area around the Delaware Water Gap has been attracting tourists for more than a century, and it is considered one of the natural wonders of the world.
The whole area is intersected with narrow trails and observation areas that offer an unforgettable day of exploring and spectacular views.About 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail pass through the area.1978 River Rd, Bushkill, PA 18324, 570-426-2451 The Poconos is a spectacularly beautiful region excellent for bird watching, zip lining, hiking, fishing, canoeing, golfing, skiing, parasailing and whitewater rafting.You will see the original 900-foot deep elevator shaft that was used to haul coal cars to the surface, a miner’s hospital, and the underground mule-way.The museum is located in the former miners’ shanty and it contains original tools such as picks, drills, shovels, saws, axes, blasting tools, and even miners’ caps, lamps and lunch cans.To protect it, manage it, and tell the world about it, the area was declared a National Recreational Area in 1978.
It is a big park that includes 40 miles of the Delaware River, 67,000 acres of mountains covered in dense primary forests, valleys, floodplains, ravines bursting with rhododendrons that explode in blooms in early spring, large forests of native hemlocks, and rich wildlife that call it home, including bears, foxes, lynxes, chipmunks, deer, and many more.
Some of the trails are permitted for cross-country skiing and others for snowmobiling in the winter.
The best time for hiking is June when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.
Enter Fort Mackenzie to get splashed and soaked until you escape through Totem Tower slide.
Dare to try Hydro Plunge, a roller coaster made of water.
Visitors can enjoy over 100 miles of trails that will take them to the most beautiful waterfalls, gorges, and ravines.