August 01, 2021
The Poconos is just a quick drive north of the Lehigh Valley and its loaded with great outdoor spaces. This blog post will explore some of those, so you can plan your next outdoor adventure!
Big Pocono State Park
Located on Camelback Mountain, this park has a lot to offer. When you park at the top of the mountain, get ready for 360º of amazing views. It really is extraordinary, especially in the autumn. From there several foot trails go off in different directions. Lower down the mountain a vast maze of mountain biking trails offers a days worth of riding fun. There are also picnic areas throughout the park with grills.
Columcille Megalith Park
This park is like no other. Its a vast collection of rock outcroppings and winding trails, deep in the woods of the Appalachian Mountains. This park is based in Celtic Spirituality and is inspired by the Scottish Isle of Iona. You'll marvel at the rock outcroppings (a lot of great photo opps) This is truly a place to go to "get away from it all"
This expansive park lets you navigate the beauty of the falls. Come ready to really do some hiking as much of trails are uphill. The water is the main attraction here. From gently flowing streams to massive waterfalls, this park has it all. Its been proven spending time in the woods is restoritive mentally and physically. And the water element to that and it really is a great place to go to get back to nature. Plan you trip around busy tourist weekends to avoid the crowds.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
This massive park has it all. Beautiful views, waterfalls, trails for both intense hiking and for just a stroll in the woods. It great for fishing, hiking, camping, bicyicling and boating. There are over 100 miles of hiking trails, three swim beachs and areas for grilling. They also have events from time to time. A bonus is the quaint town of Delaware Water Gap.
While you're in the Poconos there are plenty of other things to check out. Stop by The Crossings Outlets for your shopping fix. Stroll Main Street in Stroudsburg to check out the shops and downtown. Also the Poconos has a wide array of restuarants. Check out Barley Creek Brewing Company (near Big Pocono State Park) or Desaki for a fun night out.