Hiking the Poconos  by John L. Young

Hiking the Poconos Guide Book

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)
Hiking the Poconos  by John L. Young
Hiking in the Poconos is like taking a vacation from the Real World—even if you come only for one day and one hike—it still seems as though you’re on a genuine vacation. The reason for this is simple: It’s different up here on the Pocono Plateau. When you drive to a hike, you drive on a two-lane highway that takes you through forests of rolling hills where you might see an abandoned resort or gas station or restaurant next to a 1950s-era getaway cabin that is next to a multimillion-dollar private residential enclave. As for the terrain of the Poconos, its history can be traced to the last ice age, when retreating glaciers left behind hundreds of glacial lakes and dozens of wetlands and bogs.

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Trails from the "Hiking the Poconos" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 25.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 25.

You enter the forest on a pleasant, mowed path that leads you to a ravine alongside a stream. From there the trail leads you to the Wild Creek Falls area, where you can swim, eat your lunch on the fla ...
Allentown, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
If you want to get away from civilization for a while, do this hike. You pass through a fragrant pine plantation as you make your way to an area that runs along a rocky ridge. From there you turn uphi ...
Scranton, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
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Local hikers say the view from this hike is the best in the Poconos. The mountain path is rocky in sections, with odd boulder formations. Once through the rocky section, you come to a flat, grassy are ...
East Stroudsburg, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
This hike leads you over typical rocky footpaths and abandoned logging roads to a swampy area where you circumnavigate the Blue Heron Swamp. From there you come to the dark tannin-stained waters of ...
Scranton, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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This trail takes you through a rocky forest section as you hike toward the narrows of Egypt Meadow Lake, where you can view the dark waters of this man-made lake. The trail then follows an old logging ...
Scranton, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
This is an easy hike through an open field of ferns and tall grass. You also pass through a section of rhododendron as you make your way to Choke Creek, a winding stream that is a favorite among f ...
Scranton, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
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Dingmans Falls is one of the top three waterfalls in Pennsylvania. This hike takes you to the falls and then through a hemlock forest alongside a pristine stream to three more waterfalls and the ruins ...
Milford, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
On this hike, just like many of the Pocono hikes, you’ll come upon stone walls that outline an area that was once a farmer’s field or a land boundary. In one area of this hike, you’ll see an elaborate ...
Scranton, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
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If you like a challenge, you’ll love this hike. It is a steep climb over washouts, rocks, ledges, and boulders; but when you reach the top, you are rewarded with a view of two awe-inspiring waterfalls ...
Allentown, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
You start this hike near the shore of Gouldsboro Lake; pick up the rocky Prospect Rock Trail that leads you first to Prospect Rock, an interesting rock outcrop; then it’s downhill to a swampy area. On ...
East Stroudsburg, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
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This easy hike leads you through rhododendron patches that are so tall they form tunnels over the trail. From there you hike alongside a well-known trout stream, whose clear waters cascade from one ro ...
Wilkes-Barre, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
Don’t visit the Poconos without doing this hike. First of all, any of the hikes in Hickory Run State Park are well worth doing simply because they take you through a pristine forest laced with clear m ...
Wilkes-Barre, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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This easy hike would make a great family hike. Essentially the trail runs alongside the east branch of Wallenpaupack Creek, crosses it on a wooden footbridge, continues to the park boundary, and then ...
Scranton, PA - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
Like the McDade Trail South, this hike is easy going and provides up-close views of the Delaware River, which is more than 20 feet deep at some spots. You begin at historic Milford Beach, where you ...
Milford, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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Get ready for some great views of the Delaware River on this easy, mostly flat hike as you walk on a wide trail of crushed rock. Along the way, you pass through a pine plantation, open fields, and a ...
East Stroudsburg , PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.6
Try this hike, which is part of the Appalachian Trail, for a steady uphill climb over rocks and boulders. Along the way to the top, you get spectacular views of the Delaware River and the steady strea ...
Stroudsburg, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
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Some state parks just seem so remote and out in the middle of nowhere that they’re hard to resist. This newly refurbished state park is just such a spot. The trail here begins on a wide grassy road th ...
Wilkes-Barre, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
This hike is rated moderate, mostly due to a moderate elevation gain and a rocky section for the first mile or so. The trail runs alongside Spruce Run—a pristine mountain stream—then passes through a ...
East Stroudsburg, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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Hike through a natural area of 500-year-old trees and up a deep ravine on man-made stone steps. Walk alongside a raging mountain stream past more than two dozen wild and dramatic waterfalls. This is a ...
Wilkes-Barre, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.1
This hike is part of the Pocono Environmental Education Center. The trail is well marked and well maintained. You pass through the oak-chestnut forest and then descend from a steep ridge—with the help ...
Milford, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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