Best Reason to Live in the Pocono Mountains – 261 Miles of Amazing Hiking and Biking Trails!

By: Don Hannig

The Pocono Mountains are comprised of 24,000 miles of scenic terrain from rugged wilderness to rolling hills and farmland. The true marvel is that nearly all of it is easily accessed through State Forest and Game Lands roads. If you’ve recently moved to the region, or are considering doing so, you will have the bounty of the outdoors as your own backyard playground! From scenic vistas to forested glens of soft fragrant fern, the breathtaking beauty of mountain life abounds. Grab a camera, pack your lunch, and make a day out of your venture – it’s all just minutes away from your door. Here is a Top Five Pick of the area’s best hiking and biking spots for you to visit.

1. McDade Trail Bike Trip. If you’d like to start off with an adventure for all endurance levels and abilities, and even relax a bit along the way, this trip is for you. With 5+ miles of gradual trail available to both hikers and bikers, you can stop to picnic, swim, or even hit up a vending machine. Detailed trail maps and Bed and Breakfast spots are accessible as well. Located at the Delaware Water Gap State Park.

2. Lehigh Gorge State Park. This gorgeous rail-to-trail contains 25 self-guided miles of bliss along the wild & scenic designated Lehigh River. With the towering gorge walls rising above the trail, the view cannot be beat. Basically a flat ride/hike, the added benefit to this destination is no interference from cars. You can even visit the beautifully quaint town of Jim Thorpe when your hike is completed; it is a mere stone’s throw away.

3. Appalachian National Scenic Trail. If you live in the Poconos, you must hit a section of this historic trail system. Since the 1920’s hikers of all backgrounds have aspired to complete the trek from Georgia to Maine, and an entire segment within the lower range of the Pocono Mountains is easily accessible. Sections of this trail can be a little strenuous for hikers, but the sense of accomplishment is surely worth the effort. Access at the Delaware Water Gap.

4. Wolf Swamp Trail System. If you enjoy water, hit the trails at Wolf Swamp and view the glistening lakes and flowing streams that surround the area. During the last ice age massive glacial sheets formed the stunning topography of the region, leaving behind a landscape sculpted by water. If you are so inclined, you can hit the outlets afterward! Tannersville, PA.

5. Hickory Run State Park. One of the most unique sites in the Pocono Mountains is the Boulder Field at Hickory Run. Revered in Native American history as a place of sacred import, you will realize the geologic significance and stunning views after your trek to the edge of the boulder fields. Miles of rolling wooded trails are available within the park, as well as swimming and camping. Visiting this amazing National Natural Landmark is a must-do! Route 534 off I-80.

The Pocono Mountains will provide you with an endless supply of outdoor fun, so make it your goal to visit each and every park or trail system in the region. Ease your stress load and take a day to explore what the pristine forests, lakes, and rivers have to offer. You only need to pick the where and when! The beauty of nature is guaranteed.

To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com.

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