Pocono Mountains

Travel Guide
Pocono Mountains showing autumn colours, tranquil scenes and a river or creek

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

Mount Airy Casino and Resort
Mount Airy Casino and Resort
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,161 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mount Airy Casino and within 6 miles (10 km) of The Crossings Premium Outlets and Great Wolf ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,916 reviews)
"Loved Everything"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Mount Airy Casino and Resort
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,862 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Located in the mountains, this Tannersville hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 miles (5 km) of Camelback Ski Area, Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark and ...
3.8/5 Good! (589 reviews)
"Everything was perfect except the parking was to pad and too expensive"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, PA
Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, PA
3.5 out of 5
1 Great Wolf Dr, Scotrun, PA
The price is HK$1,715 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
This family-friendly Scotrun resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark and The Crossings Premium Outlets. Big Pocono State Park is 1.7 mi (2.7 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (994 reviews)
"First visit, so many things to do, 9 year old had so much fun!"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, PA
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
The price is HK$1,169 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (32 reviews)
"Water pressure was terrible. The water just tickled you."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Echo Valley Cottages
Pocono Mountain Villas
Pocono Mountain Villas
3.5 out of 5
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pocono Indian Museum and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Delaware River and ...
3.6/5 Good! (74 reviews)
"I love the experience it was a great property"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2021

Pocono Mountain Villas
Cabin In the Trees In historic Jim Thorpe, on the side of Flagstaff Mountain
Cabin In the Trees In historic Jim Thorpe, on the side of Flagstaff Mountain
Jim Thorpe, PA
The price is HK$1,239 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Located in the heart of Jim Thorpe, this historic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Old Jail Museum and 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Mauch Chunk Opera House. DeFeo's Manor ...
5/5 Exceptional! (144 reviews)
Beautiful and charming property. Perfect stay!
"Perfectly stress free relaxing experience."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Cabin In the Trees In historic Jim Thorpe, on the side of Flagstaff Mountain
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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