Encompassing 2,400 square miles of rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, verdant forests and 170 miles of winding rivers, the Pocono Mountains region of Northeast Pennsylvania is a woodland paradise. Colorful leaves blanket and illuminate the countryside, creating a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities of all kinds.
The varied landscape presents scenic views in every season, but few sights compare to the breathtaking fall foliage. The Pocono Mountains are home to 127 indigenous species of trees, plants and shrubs that burst into bold hues every autumn.
Stay, explore and experience the beauty of autumn in the Pocono Mountains.
Start the morning with a scenic train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, and then bike back down at your own pace. Pairing leisure with adventure, this all-day outing is an exhilarating way to see the trees around Jim Thorpe. Events are scheduled select dates in October and November. Just want to relax? The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway offers Autumn Leaf excursions on weekends through October.
In the evening, step back in time during a walking tour of Jim Thorpe. Take a self-guided tour throughout the streets and enjoy sightseeing, shopping, and culture. Jim Thorpe’s famed Fall Foliage Festival is generally set for the first three weekends in October. Events include live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and more fall fun for all ages!
Take leaf peeping to the next level with fall fun on the Delaware River. Travel north on route 209 for an hour and a half to Kittatinny Canoes, Inc and start with a river trip. Canoe, kayak, or raft down the Delaware for unmatched views of the autumn leaves. Kittatinny also offers an opportunity to fly through the trees on a 3,000-foot mountain zip line. Ride solo or race a friend; you’ll reach speeds up to 60mph!
Milford's Black Bear Film Festival
In the afternoon, travel 15 minutes north to celebrate the arts. Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival is scheduled in October — peak fall foliage time! Expect workshops, film screenings, panel discussions, and more at the annual celebration.
Grab lunch in Downtown Milford, which stands out against a backdrop of autumn leaves. Bar Louis at Hotel Fauchere is a chic spot for good food and drinks. Driven by culinary extravagance, Hotel Fauchere also offers luxurious lodging.
When evening comes, take a walk to a waterfall! The central color fall foliage zone is home to many of the Pocono Mountains’ most iconic waterfalls. The trails to Dingmans Falls and Raymondskill Falls (tallest waterfall in the state!) are relatively easy and appropriate for children. Bushkill Falls is another top spot for waterfall viewing. Take a look through the Fall Foliage Map to find more waterfalls to explore.
Kick-off the day with a scenic drive on historic Route 6 toward Hawley for award-winning views of the fall foliage. Route 507 around Lake Wallenpaupack was named one of Travel Channel’s Best Fall Foliage Road Trips. The massive lake covers 52 miles of shoreline and is home to some of the best fishing in Pennsylvania. Imagine walking around the lake on an autumn day with the vibrant colors of the trees reflecting off the water all around you — time for an Instagram selfie!
Take a stroll through the sanctuary to wind down. Encompassing almost 600 acres, the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful place for a fall walk. The Sanctuary is dedicated to the preservation of woodlands and open spaces — the well-maintained walking trails will clear the mind and refresh the soul. The preserve is open daily, dawn to dusk, year-round.
Spend the night in a bluestone beauty. While you’re near Hawley, visiting the Silk Mill is a must. This 75,000-square-foot stunner is home to shops and galleries, and it’s just steps from fine accommodations and farm-to-table dining. See a show in the Silk Mill’s music venue, Harmony Presents. Then tuck into the neighboring Ledges Hotel where tumbling waterfalls complement autumn foliage. In the morning, perk up at farm-to-table café Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company.