The 10 Best Things to do in Pocono Mountains Region, Pocono Mountains Region

December 6, 2021 Kandra Bartel

A green canvas of wooded hills and valleys, this region is a recreation haven in the summer for fishing, hunting, mountain hiking, horseback riding and whitewater rafting as well as a popular winter sports destination. When you add in casino gaming, a major racetrack and phenomenal golf courses, the Pocono Mountains region appeals to, well, just about everybody.

For the outdoors enthusiast, the Pocono Mountains have everything you need and desire. There are seven state parks in the region as well as one national park, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Automobile racing fans love to visit the Pocono Raceway, which hosts several major races every year. Skiers and snowboarders gravitate to major resort areas like Camelback Ski Area, Jack Frost Mountain and Big Boulder and the Shawnee Mountain Ski area. For golfers, the Pocono Mountains features courses designed by legendary icons like Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast and modern designers such as Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones. There are 35 courses in the region highlighted by two of the highest rated, Jack Frost National and Woodloch Springs.

1. Bushkill Falls

Bushkill, PA 18324
Excellent
57%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1,807 reviews

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls, a series of eight cascading waterfalls, is one of the state’s most popular outdoor destinations. Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, the Falls – known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania –are a favorite of hikers, fishermen, birdwatchers and all those who treasure the nature’s beauty. Closed November - Mid -April. Opening for the 2020 season on April 2, 2020.

Reviewed By SanjayB101 - Vadodara, India

Another adventurous activity , green forest hike with beautiful fall .which is in state of Pennsylvania on Pocono mountain Uplands. It is Bushkill Falls opened for public in 1904 .A stream from Rocky Mountain turns in to 100 ft deep scenic water fall. Though it is named as Niagara of Pennsylvania. but it is not so u can not compare it with a large gorgeous Niagara fall. But it has its own beauty. A small river turning in to a big water fall covered by green deep forest and rocky hill/mountain. Four trails developed for hike trail lovers-Green trail (easy one) yellow trail ( for family with children) blue & red trail some what longer , runs from 1 hour to 2.30 hours and in forest, mountains , ups & downs. Systematically made, developed and maintained considering safety of hikers/ viewers. If you are exhausted after a hike then outside trail you have snacks & ice creams, fudge and funnel cakes to satisfy hike of your stomach????. Clean Rest rooms r there and large place for parking. Really exotic place to visit.

2. Asa Packer Mansion

Packer Hill Avenue, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 +1 570-325-3229 http://www.asapackermansion.com/
Excellent
75%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 612 reviews

Asa Packer Mansion

Reviewed By awesomemom10

The Asa Packer Mansion Museum in Jim Thorpe, PA, is an amazing time capsule. The mansion was completed in 1861 by coal and railroad magnate Asa Packer. In 1912 it was donated to the borough by Packer's daughter with the stipulation that nothing be changed or taken out of the mansion. The woodworking, chandeliers, and household items are magnificent. The docent-guided tour was very informative. The orchestrion in the upstairs hallway was a rare treat.

3. Boulder Field

Hickory Run State Park, Lake Harmony, PA
Excellent
69%
Good
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

Boulder Field

Reviewed By LDavis22 - Columbia, United States

A quiet hike or dirt road drive to this gem. Looks like a lake filled with rocks. Make sure you see this early in the morning before the crowds and the heat. A natural wonder... read the signs!

4. Seven Tubs Natural Area

900 Bear Creek Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 19135 +1 570-675-1312 [email protected] http://delawareandlehigh.org/map/attraction/seven-tubs-nature-area/
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 269 reviews

Seven Tubs Natural Area

Reviewed By DiBattista - Pottstown, United States

Seven tubs Nature area is the perfect destination for a hike in the woods. A hike on large rocks, across wooden bridges overlooking waterfalls. If you walk to the left and go to the top you can meander down all the tubs. In the summer, you slide down rocky slides in a beautiful stream with natural ‘tubs’ for swimming. You can spend 10 minutes or all day checking this out. If you are not from the area, the site will blow your mind. Be careful on the rocks and be prepared for steps and climbing. With the visit! Park rangers are available for questions- port-a-potties in parking lot. Enjoy nature!

5. Hawks Falls

Hickory Run State Park, Lake Harmony, PA http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/HickoryRunStatePark/Pages/default.aspx
Excellent
60%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Hawks Falls

Reviewed By Sheriffs912 - Yardley, United States

Beautiful spot. Be careful as the trailhead gets compacted with ice in the winter months, and can become a bit treacherous to get to the bottom. As with most popular hiking spots, try to get there as early as possible to beat the crowds.

6. Resica Falls

1200 Resica Falls Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302-9736
Excellent
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Resica Falls

COVID: MASKS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES ONCE YOU LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE. VISITORS RESTRICTED TO THE FALLS AREA ONLY. Situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Resica Falls is located on the privately owned Resica Falls Scout Reservation hosting over 3,000 Scouts each summer and thousands more year-round. The Falls area is open for the public to enjoy during daylight hours. All visitors are asked to park in the paved parking lot at the entrance of the property and stay within the falls area by remaining behind all cables, gates, and marked areas. There is no swimming, no smoking, no walking out on the rocks, no drones, no fires (including bar-b-ques), and no fishing in the falls area. Absolutely no alcohol, illegal substances, firearms, or fireworks are allowed on the property under any circumstance. Please leave your pets in your vehicle at all times during your visit. Please help us maintain this beautiful outdoor area by taking all of your trash with you.

Reviewed By Kmessner1016

Beautiful Scenery, take some great pictures. Hidden Gem. It is a Boy Scout Reservation. Has a hiking trail and picnic tables too.

7. Glen Onoko Falls Trail

Jim Thorpe, PA http://delawareandlehigh.org/map/trail-section/glen-onoko-jim-thorpe
Excellent
78%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Glen Onoko Falls Trail

Reviewed By pattchansa - New Brunswick, United States

very neat place to visit. See nice trees and go outside for a walk. It had walk by the river to see water.

8. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

309 Resort Drive Exit 299 I-80, Tannersville, PA 18372 +1 570-629-1661 [email protected] http://www.camelbackresort.com/waterparks/camelbeach-outdoor-water-park/
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.0 based on 1,082 reviews

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

Camelbeach Outdoor Waterpark, located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, offers gripping fun for the whole family! With over 37 slides, rides, and attractions, Camelbeach is the biggest waterpark in Pennsylvania! When you’re looking for things to do in PA, come to Camelbeach Waterpark where you’ll find thrills from mild to wild. Whether you enjoy adrenaline rides or simply sunbathing poolside all day, Camelbeach’s theme park will instantly transport you to a water park oasis! Relax in one of our comfortable cabanas or bask poolside in the hot summer rays on one of our serene lounge chairs. Our family waterpark is fun for all ages, offering our kid-friendly Pharaoh’s Phortress, multi-person tube slides, and single-person waterslides. Come experience Camelbeach, and you’ll quickly see that this is no ordinary water amusement park.

Reviewed By jeffmU5191LU

A very nice resort with many family fun options for all family types. If you want adventure with outdoor activities, relaxation with indoor pool, games for all ages or outdoor sun and thrills at the outdoor water park. All of this in one place with easy access (you can literally walk to all activities if you want but most take the free shuttles)

9. Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Excellent
43%
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4.0 based on 847 reviews

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Lehigh Gorge trains, a trademark of the Reading and Northern Railroad, take a 70 minute round-trip tour following the Lehigh River over bridges, through Glen Onoko, into the Lehigh Gorge State Park. High-rising cliffs and mountain scenery surround the train along the route to Old Penn Haven. You will see hikers, rafters, mountain bikers, and wildlife along the railroad. You will learn about railroad lore, wildlife, the history of the anthracite coal region, and the people who launched America into the Industrial Age. Seasonal days and hours apply throughout the year. Call for more information or visit our website for current schedules.

10. Kalahari Waterparks

250 Kalahari Blvd, Pocono Manor, PA 18349 +1 877-525-2427 http://www.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania/parks-and-passes/indoor-waterpark/
Excellent
45%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Terrible
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4.0 based on 644 reviews

Kalahari Waterparks

Join us for 220,000 square feet filled with Wet. Wild. Fun. At the East Coast's Largest Indoor Waterpark. Water you waiting for? Come splash! Waterpark included with your stay or Day Passes available.

Reviewed By butrcup74

Great experience-- from the super clean water park to the variety of activities available (for all ages) and multiple options for food and drinks.... I have zero complaints. Just a few tips-- skip the escape rooms if you are hoping for a challenge-- they are kid friendly for the younger set. The Pearl game in the Arcade is a good payout for lots of tickets. Social distancing is your own personal responsibility-- so don't expect that the hotel staff is going to keep crowds and groups at bay. They do enforce masks outside of the water park but they are kind about it. Some of the slides and water bars are closed but there is SO much to do and places to eat that it didn't matter.

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