Duration: Two days and two nights
It only takes a short getaway to Upstate PA to get it: anybody trails PA when it comes to trails. Becoming one with nature, getting your cardio – it’s all just that much more pleasant in Upstate PA, where the outdoors is your instant friend. Whatever your mode of climb, be it boot or bike, many of our trails are near the water, with tons of between-trail activities like swimming and fishing. You’ll also discover plenty of peaceful country inns & resorts, scenic byways, pristine rivers and creeks, historical sites, and a rich diversity of restaurants makes this the ideal place for a memorable vacation. It’s easy to extend this two-day roadtrip into something longer. Depending on how long your legs can hold out, that is.
Start the morning off at the Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen, which corrals 18 of the park’s 22 amazing waterfalls, including the 38-foot F.L. Ricketts bridal-veil waterfall and the 94-foot wedding-cake Ganoga Falls. We’re talking massive falls. The trail has a reputation for being steep and wet – definitely not a flip-flop adventure – so you’ll find rock steps built at crucial junctures. Start your hike at Lake Jean, just a few miles from the park entrance and head down the well-groomed path towards the first set of falls. Be sure to take in the diverse wildlife, from cranes to deer, and if you’re lucky, a black bear. At some points on this hike you’ll pass up to 10 waterfalls in under a mile, cross overhanging bridges, and see more wildlife than people. One more thing – at the end of the hike, we guarantee you’ll remember these magnificent waterfalls more than the work it took to see them. Our next destination is both hiking boot and flip-flop friendly … we’re heading west to Lake Wallenpaupack.Read More >
A two hour drive west will lead you to the village of Hawley, a good place to pick up some sandwiches and sides – just park on Main Street and run in the Lunch Box Café. Then drive a few miles out of town to Shuman Point (just off Rte 590), a wooded, three-mile loop of rocky trails and old roads that’ll take you down to the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack. Say that fast ten times. This man-made lake has some serious dimensions - covering 5,700 acres, stretching 13 miles long and containing 52 miles of shoreline there’s plenty to do both on-land and in the water. The lake has six recreation areas and features hiking, biking and walking trails, campsites and boat slips. Take note along the way of all the colorful mushrooms (perfect for pictures…not eating), wildlife and the incredible mix of trees. Chestnut, oak, white pine, red maple and white oak are the common trees. Some of them have been around for a hundred years. And it does a soul good knowing this neck of Lake Wallenpaupack has stayed pretty much its same beauteous self all those years.Read More >
This restaurant offers a comfortable and casual atmosphere for a romantic dinner or a gathering of friends and family. Seasonal menus offer innovative regional Pennsylvania cuisine prepared with the healthiest local ingredients. Tasty, too.Read More >
The Chop House has a patio that overlooks your new favorite body of water, Lake Wallenpaupack, enjoy the casual atmosphere of this American menu, including steaks, seafood, salads and sandwiches.Read More >
This bed and breakfast provides the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind after a long day on the trails. Here you can discover the simple treasures, like a stroll through their color herb gardens, a glass of wine on their terrace or just meander on the banks of the Lackawaxen River, located on the Inn’s grounds.Read More >
There are plenty of trails ahead, so a stop here might be a good idea. Just grab some good socks, maybe a hat. In fact, go ahead and ask for a bit of help; the store only hires outdoors enthusiasts, so you can trust their recommendations on the best hiking and biking trails in the area. They’ll also tell you where to rent bikes, the difficulty of each trail and provide maps that’ll keep you on all the right trails. Check their photo wall for inspiration, then sign up right there for one of their ecological hikes or waterfall tours, both guided by friendly locals totally into showing off their wood ‘hood.Read More >
A short thirty-minute drive takes you to Bushkill Falls – a hiker’s dream. The gorgeous, noisy series of eight waterfalls – the Main Falls are 100 feet high – plays soundtrack to the network of trails and bridges that wind throughout the Pocono Mountains. These trails match all levels of difficulty, from the easy ambling of Green Trail to the more difficult two-hour Red Trail that passes all eight falls. Make sure to grab a trail map and try to find all 20 points on the new Map Adventure. The Town of Bushkill offers plenty to do when not on the trails. Check out the Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit, Native American Exhibit, visit the variety of gift shops or take a paddle-boat ride, or enjoy a round of miniature golf. There’s plenty to do to work up an appetite.Read More >
Outdoor eating, spacious decks and great food in the heart of the Pocono Mountains makes this the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a long day of hiking or biking. Try the 14 oz New York Strip Steak as all their meats are hand selected, seasoned and fired on the grill. We recommend the béarnaise sauce.Read More >
Built at the turn-of-the-century, this country in has over 10,000 square feet of old-world charm and elegance. After a long day of hiking we recommend taking a dip in the Natatorium, an indoor pool facility with whirlpool spa. Ah, relax those muscles.Read More >
Pocono Environmental Education Center
Drop in and let Mother Nature teach you a thing or two. The Pocono Environmental Education Center gives you a hands-on learning experience in an outdoor classroom. Stop by for everything from lessons in animal tracking to quilting classes.
Pocono Indian Museum
The year is 10,500 B.C., give or take a few centuries, and the Delaware Indian tribe was thriving in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. This museum takes you on a journey through their history from their beginnings to the tribe’s near-extinction by European settlers, and their influence during the American Revolution.
Water Gap Trolley
Take a break from the road, kick your feet up, and let these expert tour guides chauffeur you through the Delaware Water Gap. These guys will teach you about the Native tribes who first inhabited the region as well as the early American settlers.