Fall is one of the best seasons to experience the Pocono Mountains. With three color zones and more than 100 varieties of trees in the region, the vibrant scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. Start planning your autumn getaway today and begin thinking about how you’d like to take in the landscape. Hiking is one of the most popular ways to see the color, as is a leisurely drive. But, have you considered seeing the foliage by plane or train? Find out our favorite ways to view the Pocono Mountains fall foliage this year.
While you enjoy the Pocono Mountains fall foliage, and a relaxing stay with us at Settlers Inn, be sure to check out some of the other interesting things to see and do in the area. Download a copy of our free Vacation Guide for our suggestions for outdoor recreation, dining, shopping, events and festivals, and more.
The Best Ways to View Pocono Mountains Fall Foliage This Year
Take the Train
Leave the driving to someone else and relax and enjoy the views from the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. A special 45-minute tour that treats passengers to a spectacular view of the area’s foliage occurs on select dates each October. This ride also features the Hometown High Bridge, a 1,000-foot-long, 169-foot-tall bridge overlooking the beautiful Little Schuylkill River Valley.
Take to the Skies
Moyer Aviation, Inc. offers local tours that are perfect for viewing the Pocono Mountains fall foliage. Select from several options including a 10-minute ride that circles the Pocono Mountains area. There is also a 25-minute ride that takes passengers over Big Pocono and Delaware Water Gap. Another tour focuses on Lake Wallenpaupack and includes views of Skytop and Buckhill Falls. Tours are available seven days a week year-round.
Ride the Trolley
Families will enjoy a relaxing ride on the Water Gap Trolley. Offering rides through November, a trolley ride through the Delaware Water Gap is a fun experience and different way to view the trees. Each car offers air conditioning and heat depending on the weather. Kick up your feet and enjoy the ride as knowledgeable guides take you on a narrated tour of the area. September and October are the busiest times during the season because of the peak in the fall foliage.
Hit the Trails
Check out Big Pocono State Park for scenic views of the fall foliage in three states including New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The park is on Camelback Mountain and has 8.5 miles of hiking trails and 3 miles of horseback riding trails. Visitors can also view the foliage by way of kayak down the Delaware River at the park. Experienced guides take participants for a leisurely paddle on the Fall Foliage River Tours.
When Should You Plan Your Visit?
If you schedule a trip between mid-September and mid-October, you should be able to experience a wide variety of colors in the treeline. A Fall Foliage Forecast is updated every Thursday starting in September on the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau website. This site lets you know the best spots for viewing, the percentage of trees covered and peak color. You’ll also find the answers to frequently asked questions about “leaf peeping.”
The Best Place to Stay to Experience Pocono Mountains Fall Foliage
Spend a little extra time on your trip to the Pocono Mountains and enjoy a stay with us here at The Settlers Inn. Nestled in the town of Hawley, Pennsylvania, our Arts and Crafts lodge is the perfect place to unwind on a crisp fall day.
Autumn is a quiet time of year, so if you’re looking for relaxation, we know you’ll find it here. Our Inn offers 23 guest rooms, each with cozy decor and beautiful views of the property. Add in delicious meals at our award-winning, on-site restaurant, and you have the makings of a lovely fall getaway! We can’t wait to welcome you to Settlers Inn this fall!