When you visit the Pocono Mountains during September and October, you’re surrounded by brilliant fall colors at every turn. But to truly experience how spectacular the season is, we’ve come up with eight unique ways to view fall foliage in the Pocono Mountains.
The Settlers Inn is nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Book a stay at our historic Arts and Crafts style lodge this fall and truly immerse yourself in the beauty of the region. Our Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide gathers all the information to plan a trip to the area. Download it for free and use it as your handbook during your visit. Don’t forget our checklist of unique ways to take in the scenery and see how many ways you can view fall foliage in the Pocono Mountains.
There’s no denying the romance of riding the rails. Autumn adds a new dimension to the experience. The Stourbridge Line offers several excursions just for leaf peeping. Excursions depart from the train station along Main Avenue in Hawley. The Lackawaxen Foliage Express (Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18 and 25) cuts through the heart of the Northern Poconos countryside. The two-hour round-trip ride traverses the Lackawaxen River to its confluence with the Delaware River in Lackawaxen. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the route, as well as remnants of the Delaware and Hudson Canal.
For a shorter ride, take the Glen Eyre Foliage Express. The train leaves the Hawley station for a one hour round-trip to the former Erie Railroad Glen Eyre Station. Take this quick trip to see the changing leaves on Sept 28-29, Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. The train station is within walking distance of The Settlers Inn.
Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours offers a truly unique vantage point for viewing fall foliage. Get out on the water and take in the sights along Lake Wallenpaupack’s 52-miles of shoreline. The guided 50-minute tour aboard a patio boat offers extraordinary scenery as the red, gold and orange colors of the surrounding trees reflect in the lake. Tours are available fall weekends until October 13. Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours depart just three miles from The Settlers Inn.
Get a glimpse of the fall foliage from above. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area offers chairlift rides during all of its fall festivals. Enjoy the view above the treetops as you travel to an elevation of 1,350 feet. Themed festival weekends are September 21-22, October 12-13 and October 19-20. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is 36 miles from Hawley.
Saddle up for a countryside adventure. Traverse woodland trails on Triple W Riding Stable’s 200-acre property. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of autumn in the Pocono Mountains. There are rides of varying distance and scenery, but the most popular takes riders to one of the highest points in the Lake Wallenpaupack region. The views from here are stunning. Rather than a follow the leader format, visitors can enjoy a true horseback riding experience. Rides are offered daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Triple W Riding Stable is less than six miles from Hawley.
Go two-wheeling! Camelback Mountain Adventures offers off-road Segway Tours of the Poconos. Zoom deep into the forest to find spectacular mountain views. Anyone 14 and older can enjoy this slightly futuristic, and fun, mode of transportation. Tours are given on weekends until November 3. Reservations are recommended. Camelback Mountain is 41 miles from Hawley.
Paddle down the Delaware River to enjoy truly breathtaking scenery. Kittatinny Canoes offers excursions of varying length and skill level. Trips along the Middle Delaware River are ideal for beginners and families. The calm waters are easy to navigate, and this section of the river passes through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, so paddlers will enjoy views of pristine wilderness. In autumn, the scenery is even more awe-inspiring. Kittatinny Canoes’ Dingmans Base is 25 miles from Hawley.
7. Hot Air Balloon
Float above the fall foliage! Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons take flight from locations just north of nearby Scranton, PA. Experience the peace and jaw dropping scenery soaring above the mountains. Balloons launch twice a day- just after sunrise and two hours before sunset- that’s when conditions are optimal. Flights typically last between 30 minutes and one hour, travelling a distance of 5 to ten miles. Passengers can book a private tour or join in a public flight. Each ride includes a traditional champagne toast. Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons launch from several locations within 30 miles of Hawley.
8. Golf Cart
Hit the links! Golf courses make the most of the local landscape and offer some spectacular views. Play challenging holes carved into the countryside ablaze in fall colors. Paupack Hills Golf Course is beautiful year-round, but during autumn it’s really something to see! Its signature 6th and 16th holes have an unobstructed view of Lake Wallenpaupack that’s truly spectacular. The 18-hole public golf course is located in Greentown, 11 miles from Hawley. Woodloch Springs, just six miles from Hawley, is a championship 18-hole, par 72 course hailed by Golf Magazine as, “one of the finest courses in America.” The 6,579 yard course encompasses lush forest, scenic wetlands and sweeping meadows.
A stay at The Settlers Inn pairs perfectly with the fall season. Take advantage of our Bed, Breakfast and Dinner Package, which includes dinner for two at our award-winning farm-to-table restaurant. So, while you enjoy the sights of fall by day, you can savor the tastes of fall during dinner. Our menu boasts locally-sourced ingredients and during the autumn months the crops in the area are especially bountiful. Check availability and book your fall getaway to the Pocono Mountains today.