Come experience the sights and sounds of fall in the Pocono Mountains. Just 90 minutes from New York City, the Pocono Mountains is home to breathtaking scenic views, seasonal festivals, family-friendly activities, exceptional resorts and restaurants, and ceaseless adventures.
From viewing the fall foliage on a hike to decorating pumpkins at a local festival, we’ve got your autumn getaway covered. With more than 127 species of trees, plants, and shrubs, including maples, oaks, birches and aspens, experience an autumn color display like no other. Retreat to the Pocono Mountains and view our renowned fall foliage firsthand. Red, yellow, and orange hues brighten the mountainside while meeting the crisp autumn air.
Interested in knowing exactly where to view the foliage? Check out PoconoMountains.com for weekly fall foliage forecast updates. These updates cast current projections, so you can visit each zone at their color peak. Leaf peeping points located throughout these color regions make finding the perfect view effortless.
In the northern zone, Honesdale boasts striking hillside scenery. PA Route 6 travels through this area, and was ranked by Car and Driver Magazine as one of the “Top Scenic Routes in America.” Just between the northern and central zones, Lake Wallenpaupack features 5,700 acres of forestry. Route 507 around Lake Wallenpaupack has been hailed by Travel as one of the “Best Fall Foliage Road Trips.”
Journeying down the region to the central zone, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s ridges and river valley beauty stretches over 70,000 acres. CNN has named the Delaware Water Gap one of the best places to view fall foliage. This unspoiled area offers beautiful foliage for as far as the eye can see.
Discover autumn appeal in the southern zone in the heart of Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge. As rich in charm as in beauty, Jim Thorpe’s fall scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Observe the foliage on a downtown stroll for a perfect view of the Lehigh Gorge. Journey through the Lehigh Gorge’s hiking and biking trails for an up close and personal foliage encounter.
With months of foliage to experience, pair your leaf peeping with fall festivals! Whether you appreciate jazz and the arts, beer tasting or good old-fashioned timber, the Pocono Mountains has plenty of celebrations to go around.
Food truck and harvest festivals return with great tastes and cool happenings. Children’s activities and animal interactions are featured at most seasonal events. Scenic chairlift rides are also available during select festivals for an aerial view of the fall foliage. Food and live entertainment with demonstrations and exhibits make fall festivals the perfect place for family fun.
Enjoy your favorite seasonal pastimes in a picture-perfect setting like no other. Bask in the vibrant coloration on a hayride throughout the region. Grab a basket and go apple and pumpkin picking! Rediscover the Pocono Mountains’ outdoor adventure with an autumn flair.
Catch the fiery foliage of the region by water, land, and air. Float along the calming waters by canoe or kayak for a direct view of the mountains landscape. Hike or bike to the top of the trails for a birds-eye view of the leaves. Take to the air at an adventure park, and climb amongst the trees. Zip line down the mountainside as you take flight through the foliage. No matter the adventure, the autumn experience is one for the books.
Exploring the region can really work up an appetite. Try the Pocono Mountains’ farm-to-table dishes for any meal of the day! Whether growing their own produce and herbs or obtaining fresh ingredients from local farms and co-ops, farm-to-table restaurants are plating mouthwatering meals and tasty treats you can feel good about. Menu items are specifically crafted around the grow seasons, and bring the flavors of each season to life.
The Pocono Mountains includes various restaurants that have adopted the farm-to-table culinary trend. In committing to sustainability and health, locally sourced and organic ingredients help create signature items. The region’s farm-to-table restaurants aren’t the only ones committed to sustainability. The Pocono Mountains wineries and breweries are also cultivating organic goods. In producing local beverages, our wineries and breweries are setting the bar for eco-friendly practices. Taste and experience the uniqueness of the Pocono Mountains on your fall getaway.
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