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It’s no secret that the Pocono Mountains are a scenic destination for hiking. Hiking trips in PA are the perfect place to view beautiful vistas and waterfalls along the way. If you’ve never visited the region before or you’re coming back for another getaway, let us help you find some of the best hiking trips in PA. We think these 6 hiking trips in PA offer the most breathtaking views.
Promised Land State Park
With 50 miles of trails to explore is Promised Land State Park. The trails are ideal for a relaxing stroll or a strenuous workout. The park’s Bruce Lake Trail leads to a natural glacial lake while the Little Falls Trail passes many small waterfalls along the way. Visiting the park in all seasons will offer a completely different view each time. The blooms in the spring brighten the trail while the changing leaves in the fall offer a breathtaking view of a variety of colors.
Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, PA sits on 545 acres of protected and preserved land. The sanctuary offers a range of trails for beginners and skilled hikers. The park is also home to 52 acre Lake Lacawac which is known as the southernmost unpolluted glacial lake in North America. Hikers looking for an easy walk should check out The Historic Great Camp Trail which is only 1-mile and rated easy. The Big Lake Trail is 2.9 miles and rated more difficult to traverse.
Pocono Environmental Education Center
The Pocono Environmental Education Center, PEEC, in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania is home to 6 trails with varying terrain. The Tumbling Waters Trail is 3-miles and can take 2 hours to complete. Near the end, keep your eyes open for Pickerel Pond. One mile into the hike, you’ll see an overlook of the Delaware Valley and Kittatinny Mountains. The Two Ponds Trail is named for the 2 ponds seen along the 1.4-mile trail.
Delaware Water Gap
The Delaware Water Gap is a perfect place for hikers who love to explore the trails year round. In spring the blooms blossom and color the trails with bright colors. Summer time trees provide plenty of shade for summertime temperatures. The fall season is beautiful with the changing fall foliage. And the winter season, though cold, offers views that no other season does because of the absence of the leaves in the trees. Dingmans Creek, Hornbecks Creek, and Childs Park are all easy trails with waterfall views. More skilled hikers should check out Buttermilk Falls Trail and the Tumbling Waters Trail.
Shuman Point boasts lovely views of Lake Wallenpaupack. This 3-mile trail is narrow with one area of the trail that elevates to 80-feet above the lake. The trail is great for all ages and skill levels.
Wallenpaupack Lake Trail
For the less adventurous hikers, the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail is less than 1-mile in length. The trail is located next to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. At the end of the trail are steps that lead down to an observation deck overlooking a wetland area which is overflow from Lake Wallenpaupack.
After a day spent hiking the trails of the Pocono Mountains, retreat back to The Settlers Inn for a restful night of sleep. Our Inn offers 23 spacious guest suites, each unique in their décor and offering a private bath. The Settlers Inn is home to a full-service farm to table restaurant and tavern. We’ve got some great upcoming events happening at the Inn to keep in mind when planning your getaway. Our Jazz on the Deck series continues through September 4th. Or we’d love for you to join us for one of our holiday brunch celebrations including Labor Day or Columbus Day brunch. For reservation information, please give us a call at 570-226-2993.