Pocono Mountains

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From mountain hiking to paintball skirmishes, this central Pennsylvania resort area offers a great combination of outdoor adventures and man-made thrills.

For decades the Pocono Mountains have been a popular place for east coast U.S. residents to go for a peaceful vacation away from hectic city life. You can still find peace and quiet, but now there are more attractions to keep you busy too.

Explore 2,400 square miles (6,216 square kilometers) of forested mountains with beautiful landscape views. Hike, rock climb, mountain bike, hunt, fish, camp, ski and enjoy nature. Boat on, swim in, or parasail over Lake Wallenpaupack with its 52 miles (84 kilometers) of shoreline. Enjoy a whitewater challenge on the Lehigh or Delaware rivers. Hike the Lehigh Gorge to reach Glen Onoko Falls.

Be sure to try some of the area’s man-made attractions too. Ride Kittatinny Canoes’ 3,000-foot (914-meter) zip line to experience the thrill of gliding through treetops at 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour and 150 feet (46 meters) above the ground. At the Blue Mountain Ski Area, try out the 2,000-foot (609-meter) Olympic luge, shoulder-to-shoulder with Olympic athletes in training.

For even greater speed, become a stock car racer. At Pocono Raceway, you don’t just watch Sprint Cup racing, you actually drive the track with your 600-horsepower engine taking you to speeds up to 160 miles (257 kilometers) per hour.

Get behind a team of huskies to dogsled through the mountains from your home base at Skytop Lodge. This isn’t just a winter sport. Dogs also guide a summer dry land “sled,” which is actually a golf cart.

Visit No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford for a tour that shows how coal was mined to support the coal and steel industries in central Pennsylvania.

Go antiquing in the many quaint villages scattered throughout the region. Golf at one of the 30 golf courses. Or, test your skill at Skirmish, the world’s largest paintball fields with 50 courses over 700 acres (283 hectares), including a variety of themed games with obstacles and props.

All of the activities in the Pocono Mountains are best accessed by car. Most sites include parking in the activity fees.

Where to stay in Pocono Mountains

Split Rock Resort
Split Rock Resort
3 out of 5
428 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, PA
The price is $152 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
This family-friendly Lake Harmony resort is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Harmony and Hickory Run State Park. Jack Frost Mountain Resort ...
3.2/5 (960 reviews)
"The place was great in the room was clean and inviting. The staff did their best to be sure i was happy with my stay."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Split Rock Resort
Mount Airy Casino and Resort
Mount Airy Casino and Resort
4 out of 5
312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono, PA
The price is $159 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mount Airy Casino and within 9 mi (15 km) of The Crossings Premium Outlets and Camelback Ski ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,886 reviews)
"I like the pool and the food..It is a great place to stay :) What I didn't like was a weigh items in the room service that was charge even if you accidently drop it but I like that they have little snacks and drinks in the room."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Mount Airy Casino and Resort
Pocono Palace Resort
Pocono Palace Resort
3.5 out of 5
206 Marquis Road, East Stroudsburg, PA
The price is $283 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Nestled on the beach, this East Stroudsburg resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pocono Indian Museum, Great Bear Golf Club, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation ...
3.8/5Good! (987 reviews)
"Romantic but dirty"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Pocono Palace Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Echo Valley Cottages
Echo Valley Cottages
3 out of 5
1 Lower Lakeveiw Dr, East Stroudsburg, PA
The price is $241 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in a national park, this cottage is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Great Bear Golf Club and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Pocono Indian Museum. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area ...
4.2/5Excellent! (29 reviews)
"Very clean,homely,cute little cottage. Very quiet very enjoyable"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Echo Valley Cottages
Pocono Mountain Villas
Pocono Mountain Villas
3.5 out of 5
2157 River Road, East Stroudsburg, PA
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Pocono Indian Museum. Delaware River and ...
3.6/5Good! (69 reviews)
"I didn't like the pond we stayed by looked so nasty and huge insects where surrounding our villa"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Pocono Mountain Villas
Art Studio: historical Carriage House in the Poconos
Art Studio: historical Carriage House in the Poconos
Jim Thorpe, PA
Located in the heart of Jim Thorpe, this historic apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Old Jail Museum, Mauch Chunk Museum, and DeFeo's Manor. Mauch ...
5/5Exceptional! (94 reviews)
Great weekend stay!
"The owner communicated everything to us-places to eat, coffee spots, good drink spots, activities, how close things were-and check in couldn’t have been more seamless. Such a cute spot, very comfortable, within walking distance to everything! My husband and I had such a wonderful weekend and look ..."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Art Studio: historical Carriage House in the Poconos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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