The Poconos offers many trails, but which one is right for you, long or short, scenic or adventurous?
The Poconos is one of the finest places to experience everything nature can offer. We compiled a list of some of the area’s most popular and most-hiked trails. Take a look to see which routes are most suitable for you.
Dingmans Falls | 1.4 Miles | Easy-Adept Difficulty
According to Poconomountains.com, Dingmans Falls has the second tallest waterfall in the state. This waterfall cascades down the 130ft mountainside, and the trail winds through a gorgeous hemlock ravine. It is a hike that is fun for all skill levels. Silverthread Falls is an 80-foot cascade that is sure to impress. Dingmans Falls is open from May to September.
Big Pocono State Park | 1-3 Miles | Easy-Moderate Difficulty
According to the Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), this park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain, with the ability to view all three states. Camelback Mountain Resort and the Pocono Outdoors Club maintain these trails. The park is open from the first week of April to early December, from sunrise to sunset. Handicap accessible and complete with scenic spring, summer, and fall views, this park is worth visiting. The entrance to the park is from PA 715 and Exit 299 of I-80 at Tannersville.
Tobyhanna State Park | 5.1 Miles-10 Miles | Moderate Difficulty
According to DNCR, Tobyhanna State Park has up to 10 miles of rugged terrain, and hiking trails at Tobyhanna State Park make are great for an afternoon adventure. This state park includes a 170-acre lake where you can swim and fish, Tobyhanna Lake, which you can hike around. Tobyhanna State Park has a detailed list of the trails and their difficulty, which is good to know before you head out.
Promised Land State Park | 6.3 Miles-50 Miles | Moderate Difficulty
According to DNCR, This park is one of the highest above sea level. The 3,000-acre hiking trails run for 50 miles. These trails contain a variety of scenic spots and places to sit down and gaze at the natural splendor. From mid-May until June, the Poconos hiking trails burst with blooming mountain laurel and rhododendron, and bushes of blueberries usually ripen in late July.
Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail | 20+ Miles | Easy-Moderate Difficulty
According to trailink.com, Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail Follows the Lehigh River, a scenic trail offering more than 25 miles of beauty and history. The Lehigh Gorge State Park allows you to go whitewater rafting, fishing, and cross-country skiing. This park is near the historic town of Jim Thorpe.
The Appalachian Trail | 45-2,190+ Miles | Adept Difficulty
According to the National Park Service (NPS), visiting the Appalachian Trail, which is over 45 miles of trail that run through the Poconos region, the Appalachian Trail in the Poconos, it can be a little strenuous for hikers. This trail can be daunting and fun, and the utter magnificence of nature makes this one hike worth doing.
Hiking is one of the best activities for this time of year. Enjoying the natural splendor is as easy as getting in your car and opening up your GPS navigator of choice.
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