Get out and enjoy some fresh air. Hiking and walking is a great way to unplug and distance yourself from the commotion around you. With the warmer weather, opt for a healthy lifestyle and some outdoor activity.
Hiking trails in the Pocono Mountains cover a network of over 261 miles, which offer a variety of intensity and scenery. From local and state parks to national recreation areas, we've got a plethora of options to go off the beaten path. Read on to see six hikes and trails to explore in the Poconos.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, or more commonly known as the D&L Rail Trail, runs through the Lehigh Gorge and Lehigh Gorge State Park. Ranging from easy to moderate, the historic trail follows the Lehigh River and has scenic overlooks and historic ruins along the way. The trail also connects directly to the town of Jim Thorpe.
Trail Length: 26 miles
Trail Terrain: A crushed stone surface ideal for leisurely hiking and biking.
24 trails run through Hickory Run State Park, which all vary in difficulty and terrain. Waterfalls and streams, rhododendrons and thick vegetation are seen throughout the hikes. Among the trails, some of the most popular are Boulder Field, Hawk Falls and Shades of Death.
Trail Length: up to 44 miles
Trail Terrain: Varies – some trails are rocky and steep, and others are gravel, dirt-packed and flat.
This easy to moderate recreational trail runs between Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. The Levee Loop Trail travels along the Brodhead Creek, and has multiple access points through four different local parks. Recreational use fees may apply in the summer months.
Trail Length: 4.5 miles
Trail Terrain: A pet and bike-friendly path with some grass, gravel, and unestablished sections.
The Appalachian Trail is accessible in the town of Delaware Water Gap just inside the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA.) This is a challenging hike with uneven, steep terrain, but the scenery as you ascend and the panoramic views at the top of Mount Minsi are worth it.
Trail Length: 5.3 miles
Trail Terrain: A rocky, steep trail that loops two different tracks – rocky ridgeline or the inclining Fire Road.
Also located in the DWGNRA, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) offers six trails that are free and open to the public year-round, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wildlife viewing, and waterfalls are prime at PEEC. Trails are loops and vary in difficulty. Some overlap each other, presenting opportunities to change course.
Trail Length: up to 10.87 miles
Trail Terrain: Varies – mainly packed dirt.
Enjoy an easy, lakeside walk along Lake Wallenpaupack anytime of the year. This is an out-and-back trail surrounding the Big Lake. Whether doing one path or connecting them all, each has tremendous views of the surrounding forests, water and wildlife.
Trail Length: 3 miles
Trail Terrain: A gentle, packed gravel path.
Remember to take the right precautions, dress appropriately and pack the essentials while hiking; plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray, and first aid kit. And as always, Leave No Trace when visiting our beloved parks and trail systems. Don’t forget to check out our restaurants and places to stay to refuel and rest while visiting.