Pocono Mountains

Travel Guide

From mountain hiking to paintball skirmishes, this central Pennsylvania resort area offers a great combination of outdoor adventures and man-made thrills.

For decades the Pocono Mountains have been a popular place for east coast U.S. residents to go for a peaceful vacation away from hectic city life. You can still find peace and quiet, but now there are more attractions to keep you busy too.

Explore 2,400 square miles (6,216 square kilometers) of forested mountains with beautiful landscape views. Hike, rock climb, mountain bike, hunt, fish, camp, ski and enjoy nature. Boat on, swim in, or parasail over Lake Wallenpaupack with its 52 miles (84 kilometers) of shoreline. Enjoy a whitewater challenge on the Lehigh or Delaware rivers. Hike the Lehigh Gorge to reach Glen Onoko Falls.

Be sure to try some of the area’s man-made attractions too. Ride Kittatinny Canoes’ 3,000-foot (914-meter) zip line to experience the thrill of gliding through treetops at 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour and 150 feet (46 meters) above the ground. At the Blue Mountain Ski Area, try out the 2,000-foot (609-meter) Olympic luge, shoulder-to-shoulder with Olympic athletes in training.

For even greater speed, become a stock car racer. At Pocono Raceway, you don’t just watch Sprint Cup racing, you actually drive the track with your 600-horsepower engine taking you to speeds up to 160 miles (257 kilometers) per hour.

Get behind a team of huskies to dogsled through the mountains from your home base at Skytop Lodge. This isn’t just a winter sport. Dogs also guide a summer dry land “sled,” which is actually a golf cart.

Visit No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford for a tour that shows how coal was mined to support the coal and steel industries in central Pennsylvania.

Go antiquing in the many quaint villages scattered throughout the region. Golf at one of the 30 golf courses. Or, test your skill at Skirmish, the world’s largest paintball fields with 50 courses over 700 acres (283 hectares), including a variety of themed games with obstacles and props.

All of the activities in the Pocono Mountains are best accessed by car. Most sites include parking in the activity fees.

Mount Airy Casino and Resort
Mount Airy Casino and Resort
4 out of 5
312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono, PA
The price is ¥15,889 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mount Airy Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark and The Crossings Premium ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,893 reviews)
"great to have a smoke free casino"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Mount Airy Casino and Resort
Pocono Palace Resort
Pocono Palace Resort
3.5 out of 5
206 Marquis Road, East Stroudsburg, PA
The price is ¥29,629 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Nestled on the beach, this East Stroudsburg resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pocono Indian Museum, Great Bear Golf Club, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation ...
3.8/5 Good! (988 reviews)
"The room was a little outdated Old Tv should be on wall hard to watch sitting on dresser from the bed Toilet was very small and low"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Pocono Palace Resort
Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, PA
Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, PA
3.5 out of 5
1 Great Wolf Dr, Scotrun, PA
The price is ¥22,861 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
This family-friendly Scotrun resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark and The Crossings Premium Outlets. Big Pocono State Park is 1.7 mi (2.7 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (996 reviews)
"The grounds outside were beautiful."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, PA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pocono Mountain Villas
Pocono Mountain Villas
3.5 out of 5
2157 River Road, East Stroudsburg, PA
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Pocono Indian Museum. Delaware River and ...
3.6/5 Good! (70 reviews)
"I really njoyed my stay the peace nd quiet def worth me buying a timeshare there."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Pocono Mountain Villas
Pocono private retreat
Pocono private retreat
2.5 out of 5
3445 Pocono Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Pocono Indian Museum, and East Stroudsburg University. Pocono Medical ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"Place was nice and clean. It’s kids friendly in terms of activities. My kids enjoy it really well. We had fun. Next time will book around when the pool is open. Very good place for a family. Thank you Ana for all your prompt responses to our questions."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Pocono private retreat
NEW! Jack Frost Ski Resort Townhome w/ Fireplace!
NEW! Jack Frost Ski Resort Townhome w/ Fireplace!
Blakeslee, PA
This family-friendly White Haven vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jack Frost Mountain Resort and Lehigh River. Big Boulder Ski Area and Lake Harmony are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
It was a great weekend and a great very neat 10/10
"It was a great weekend and a great very neat 10/10"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

NEW! Jack Frost Ski Resort Townhome w/ Fireplace!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.