Pocono Mountains Loop Circuit Swings North from Honesdale

Honesdale, Pennsylvania

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This 66.3-mile circuit travels quiet mountain highways through the Pocono Mountains of Wayne County. From historic Honesdale, the leisurely route swings north, pinches to the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, travels past secluded lakes and ponds, and ventures through sleepy villages and leafy forests for a meandering return. This drive celebrates the remote, laid-back beauty of the Pocono Mountains and the shining waters that divide the ridges and reflect the calm. The highways have a backroads quietness and round up a variety of unhurried stops: family picnic areas, historic society museums, an old mill, fishing spots on ponds or river, a fish hatchery, and farmstands. In fact, what most recommends this tour is its continuous, winning signature of simplicity and naturalness. Seasonal changes suggest repeat tours. The month of May typically heralds the arrival of shad in the Delaware River. In September, the leaves on the trees and shrubs stop synthesizing their chlorophyll and change color, becoming a full-blazing kaleidoscope by the second week in October. Next up, December through March sounds the arrival of the wintering bald eagles. Then, ice skates, cross-country skis, and horse-drawn sleighs offer alternative conveyance. When ice, frost, and snow brush the Pocono landscape, it is easy to become inspired. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that a Honesdale resident penned the song “Winter Wonderland.”

Pocono Mountains Loop: Circuit Swings North from Honesdale Professional Review and Guide

"This 66.3-mile circuit travels quiet mountain highways through the Pocono Mountains of Wayne County. From historic Honesdale, the leisurely route swings north, pinches to the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, travels past secluded lakes and ponds, and ventures through sleepy villages and leafy forests for a meandering return. This drive celebrates the remote, laid-back beauty of the Pocono Mountains and the shining waters that divide the ridges and reflect the calm. The highways have a backroads quietness and round up a variety of unhurried stops: family picnic areas, historic society museums, an old mill, fishing spots on ponds or river, a fish hatchery, and farmstands. In fact, what most recommends this tour is its continuous, winning signature of simplicity and naturalness.

Seasonal changes suggest repeat tours. The month of May typically heralds the arrival of shad in the Delaware River. In September, the leaves on the trees and shrubs stop synthesizing their chlorophyll and change color, becoming a full-blazing kaleidoscope by the second week in October. Next up, December through March sounds the arrival of the wintering bald eagles. Then, ice skates, cross-country skis, and horse-drawn sleighs offer alternative conveyance. When ice, frost, and snow brush the Pocono landscape, it is easy to become inspired. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that a Honesdale resident penned the song “Winter Wonderland.”"

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Honesdale
Distance: 66.3
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Shohola Falls Recreation Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Pocono Mountains Loop: Circuit Swings North from Honesdale

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May 2018