About the Poconos in PA

Basic information on the Poconos in Pennsylvania

The Pocono Mountain region is a geographical, geological, and cultural region located in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The Poconos are an upland of the larger Allegheny Plateau. Forming a 2,400 square miles (6,200 km2) escarpment overlooking the Delaware Valley and Delaware Water Gap to the east, the mountains are bordered on the north by Lake Wallenpaupack, on the west by the Wyoming Valley and Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and to the south by the Lehigh Valley. The name comes from the Minsi or Munsee Indian word Pokawachne (pronounced Poke Ah Waak-nay), which means "Creek Between Two Hills." 

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. The Poconos consist of 261 miles of hiking and biking trails and 170 miles of winding rivers. 30 of the 75 named waterfalls of Pennsylvania are within the Pocono area. Pennsylvania as a whole has more waterway miles than any state but Alaska and offers some of the finest paddling in the country. For cool and refreshing summer fun, crystal clear rivers and lakes, including Lake Wallenpaupack, one of Pennsylvania's largest lakes, offer unsurpassed sailing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing and scenic dinner cruises 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.

Summertime is time when the Pocono Mountains come alive with family fun parks and attractions, summer theaters, museums, county fairs and concerts. Experience new tastes and great music at a wine, food or ethnic festival. Catch a rising star at a Pocono Mountains nightspot. Take a lazy tube ride down a winding river. Watch a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. Have a picnic lunch at a waterfall. Rise above it all on a scenic air tour of the Pocono Mountains. Go jump in one of the Pocono Mountains 150 lakes or indoor/outdoor waterparks. If you're feeling a little adventurous, play paintball or go stock car racing at the raceway. Escape back to nature on a canoeing, rafting, fishing or camping trip. Check out all the arts and crafts fair. For a more laid back experience, sightseeing on horseback or a scenic, historic train ride may fit the bill. Visit our calendar of events for the latest in Pocono attractions.

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