Pocono Mountains Guide

Pocono Mountains Guide
The Pocono Mountains offer visitors many attractions and lodging options. The area's rugged, mountainous terrain is suitable for many recreational activities, including hiking, mountain biking and skiing. The Poconos are home to many scenic small towns that offer a chance to visitors to experience the relaxing mountain lifestyle and browse through many one-of-a-kind shops selling local-made goods.

Big Pocono State Park

Big Pocono State Park encompasses 1,306 acres in the central Pocono Mountains. It features the rugged terrain of Camelback Mountain and surrounding area, with many recreational opportunities. Hiking trails with varying difficulty run throughout the park for a total of more than eight miles. A paved road open to bikes, horses and cars runs through the park and makes a loop on top of Camelback Mountain, offering views of the surrounding Pocono Mountains. Camelback Ski Area, on the north slope of the mountain, has 33 downhill ski trails. It also offers the Cameltop Restaurant, which is open seasonally and serves American cuisine. Local lodging options include Days Inn and the Great Wolf Lodge within two miles of the park.

Big Pocono State Park
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
570-894-8336
Dcnr.state.pa.us

Pocono Whitewater

Pocono Whitewater is a Pocono Mountains outdoor adventure tour company based out of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. It offers whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River, which has class IV, and V rapids on days water is released from an upriver dam. It also offers family rafting on the days no water is released, and the water is slow-moving and has no major obstacles. Pocono Whitewater also offers several bike tours on a retired railroad grade that slopes gently downhill through scenic views of the area's natural forests. Pocono Whitewater operates a 700-acre paintball facility where guests can play on 50 rugged terrain fields. Local lodging options include the Hampton Inn and Country Inn & Suites within five miles of the tour facility.

Pocono Whitewater
1519 State route 903
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
800-944-8392
poconowhitewater.com

Tobyhanna State Park

Tobyhanna State Park is located two miles south of downtown Tobyhanna and encompasses 5,440 acres. There are many recreational activities in the park, including fishing in Tobyhanna Lake and Gouldsboro Lake. A boat launch and rental facility is located on each lake, along with docking space. The park has more than nine miles of hiking trails that traverse the rugged rocky terrain and run through native forest and around the two lakes. Tobyhanna State Park has areas open to hunting for waterfowl and deer. Lodging options include an on-site campground with 140 rustic campsites that include a picnic table and fire ring, along with the Sterling Inn located just four miles away.

Tobyhanna State Park
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
570-421-8336
Dcnr.state.pa.us

Article Written By Matthew Knight

Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.

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