Planning a trip to the Poconos and looking for accessible vacation ideas? This blog post is for you! From accommodations to attractions, from waterfalls to panoramic views, we've compiled a wheelchair friendly list of places to go and things to see and do in the Pocono Mountains.

As you're outlining your itinerary, be sure to reach out to local properties directly for more information. Keep reading to start planning your getaway!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The stunning natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains has brought tourists to our region for centuries, and it's for everyone to enjoy. There are a variety of beautiful locations which can be reached by wheelchair:

  • Drive up to the top of Big Pocono State Park to take in panoramic, pastoral views of Pennsylvania, New Jersey a∂nd New York. The paved, 1.4-mile Rim Road circles the summit. Head to Parking Lot #2 to find parking, a restroom and some picnic tables which are ADA accessible.
  • Dingmans Falls, the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania, features a .4-mile, accessible boardwalk trail leading right to the foot of the falls. You'll also get a view of 80-foot Silverthread Falls along the way. Please note that as of September 2023, final stage repairs are taking place, and the trail will be closed after the second bridge Mondays through Thursdays. The main observation deck will be reopened Fridays through Sundays.
  • Running alongside the Delaware River in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA), the McDade Recreational Trail is a mostly flat, crushed-stone trail popular with hikers and bikers. The stretch of the trail from Smithfield Beach to Riverview can be navigated by wheelchair.
  • Accessible parking, restrooms and picnic sites within DWGNRA may be found at Milford Beach, Toms Creek, Smithfield Beach, Hialeah Picnic Area (weekdays only) and Kittatinny Point. Milford and Smithfield Beaches also feature accessible bathhouses; assistance is needed to reach the swimming area or launch areas at these sites. Several of the DWGNRA wayside exhibits have been audio described, and guests can download the files online. Be sure to download them before you arrive, as cell service and internet access can be limited in some areas.
  • Located within DWGNRA, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a .3-mile, purple-blazed "Trail for Everyone" which winds through scenic field, forest and pond ecosystems. PEEC also offers the quarter-mile, rope-lined Sensory Trail which can be used by anyone and is intended to increase sensory awareness.
  • The paved Black Bear Trail at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center outside of Stroudsburg is less than a quarter of a mile and wheelchair accessible. The trail starts from the parking lot and passes the remains of an old farmhouse before reaching Swink Pond. A ramp to the main building provides smooth and easy access for visitors: explore the nature discovery area and find ADA restrooms up the hill (with drivable access) off of Running Valley Road.
  • The D&L Trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park follows an abandoned railroad grade, and the slope and surfacing of some portions of the gravel trail can be traversed by wheelchair. The Rockport parking area is close to a flat part of the trail leading to two waterfalls, Buttermilk Falls which is .3 miles upstream and Luke's Falls which is .3 miles downstream. Both Rockport and Glen Onoko access areas have ADA accessible restroom facilities.
  • Hickory Run State Park Visitors Center is accessible and features beautiful, immersive exhibits about the park's history and striking natural wonders. While nearby Boulder Field does not have an extensive, wheelchair-friendly trail, it can be reached by car via a 5-mile, one-way dirt loop, with an overlook of the landscape adjacent to the parking lot and an accessible restroom facility. You'll find accessible shower facilities at Sand Spring Day-use and Beach area as well as campsites, camping cottages and some nearby showerhouses which are accessible in the family campground.
  • Wheelchair accessible areas at Lehigh Gap Nature Center include the Osprey House, where a variety of events and demonstrations are held throughout the year, and the arboretum area.
  • The short and easy Marshalls Falls Park trail in East Stroudsburg goes from the paved parking lot and path along a boardwalk and bridge to reach a beautiful waterfall peeking out between the gorge walls.
  • Just north of Honesdale in Equinunk, the Browning Beaver Meadow is a beautiful 78-acre preserve owned and maintained by the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society. A wheelchair-accessible observation deck overlooks a large pond where waterfowl and beaver can be seen.

Cast a Line or Float Your Boat

Cast a Line or Float Your Boat

Anglers will find a wide variety of waters to fish in the Pocono Mountains, and many area parks feature accessible piers:

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Experience the Poconos as vacationers from bygone eras would have known it! The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway departs from Jim Thorpe on the western side of the Poconos. The Jim Thorpe station is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it also has an ADA certified lift. Most wheelchairs will fit inside the standard coaches, and the lift can be used to place wheelchairs on the open air cars. Note that other locations on the railroad do not have ADA lifts.

On the northeastern end of our region, the Stourbridge Line connects the charming towns of Hawley and Honesdale. Neither of those stations require steps to board the train, but steps are required to board and detrain at Lackawaxen and White Mills. The Stourbridge Line is limited accessible, so be sure to reach out in advance to confirm the details of your trip.

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

  • 1 Susquehanna Street
  • (570) 325-8485

Experience a ride the whole family will enjoy! Comfortable, vintage coaches built as early as 1917 are pulled by diesel engines through breathtaking places on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. During the regular season, ride the rails from…

The Stourbridge Line

  • 812 Main Street
  • (570) 470-2697

All aboard The Stourbridge Line! Scenic passenger trains through the Pocono Mountains. Experience a relaxing, scenic train excursion in vintage railroad coaches along the Lackawaxen River Valley. The Stourbridge Line offers a variety of…

Accessible Rentals & Accommodations

Accessible Rentals & Accommodations

Whether you’ve booked a private cabin retreat with Pocono Mountain Rentals or an elegant and accessible guestroom at the magnificent Skytop Lodge, handicap accessible hotels and places to stay in the Poconos offer wheelchair friendly spaces and amenities, from parking to lodging. Mount Airy Casino Resort provides easy access for guests in wheelchairs to get from the parking areas to the hotel and casino entrance, as well as accessible guest rooms and electronic scooters available for rent (subject to availability). Be sure to contact properties directly for more information as you book your stay, so that they can tailor your visit to your needs.

Skytop Lodge

  • One Skytop Lodge Road
  • (855) 345-7759

The AAA Four Diamond-rated Skytop Lodge has been a premier northeastern resort for over 90…

Hoping to get some pool time in your vacation? Our region's impressive waterpark resorts feature lifts and zero-depth entries to create splash spaces for everyone. Discover the brand-new expansion at Great Wolf Lodge or enjoy the tropical temperatures any time of year at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions or Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark.

Great Wolf Lodge

  • 1 Great Wolf Drive
  • (570) 688-9899

Great Wolf Lodge is your time-together destination for family water fun where you will…

Family Fun for Everyone

Family Fun for Everyone

Rain or shine, attractions the whole family will love and can take part in can be found in the Poconos. Home to "The Tricky Triangle" and NASCAR action every summer, Pocono Raceway is fully accessible, with accessible parking, wheelchair and companion seating on all ticketed levels and more. Visitors will find calming sensory rooms available as a quiet retreat, added through a partnership with Kulture City. The Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital Inclusive Playground is open to the public throughout the spring, summer and fall and was designed with all children and abilities in mind. It is recognized as a National Demonstration Site, making it one of the most inclusive playgrounds in the country.

  • 1234 Long Pond Road
  • (570) 646-2300

Pocono Raceway: a spectacular sport venue with a focus on NASCAR races. Pocono Raceway provides a family-friendly experience at a…

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Don't hesitate to reach out directly by phone or email to local businesses, attractions and accommodations as you plan your trip for the most up-to-date accessibility information. Take the time to explore delicious restaurants and fantastic shopping during your visit, and keep an eye out for events happening during your stay. See you in the Poconos!