Everyone enjoys a relaxing, Sunday drive, but have you driven through the Poconos during the fall? Explore the back roads of the region any day, and unwind among the foliage. With over 120 tree and plant species, the Pocono Mountains boasts plenty of color no matter where your trip takes you.

Vibrant foliage comes to life across the region with three distinguished color zones; Northern, Central and Southern. Each zone's colors reach their peak at different dates during October, but with colors changing as we speak, there's no wrong time to come see for yourself. 

Buckle up because we’ve outlined drives to experience the foliage in each of these color zones. Some of our roads have even received national attention! Cruise on any of the seven routes below to enjoy a fall scenic drive in the Poconos.

Northern Color Zone:

Experience beautiful fall drives through Honesdale, Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack.

1. Route 6

Route 6 is ranked among the “Top Scenic Routes in America” by Car and Driver Magazine, and was recognized by the Harley-Davidson Company as “Pennsylvania’s Best Tour Road.” This drive is a major access route through many Pocono towns and areas. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery while driving through Honesdale, HawleyMilford and around Lake Wallenpaupack

Scenic Fall Drive Along Route 6 in the Pocono Mountains

2. Route 402

Driving down Route 6 through Honesdale and Hawley, Route 402 continues through Porters Lake to Marshalls Creek. This road journeys through the Delaware State Forest, where a wide variety of colors are observed. While traveling throughout the northern region, the foliage from the Cherry, Sassafras, Black Gum and Aspen trees will not disappoint. 

Scenic Fall Drives in the Pocono Mountains

3. Route 507

Route 507 travels around Lake Wallenpaupack by turning off of Route 6. In 2013, Travel called Route 507 around Lake Wallenpaupack one of its “Best Fall Foliage Road Trips.” Trust us, the foliage around the Big Lake is a must see during the fall! Continue down Route 507 to experience the scenery of the central color zone region. 

Tour Scenic Lake Wallenpaupack

Central Color Zone:

Catch the foliage driving among MilfordBushkill and the Delaware Water Gap.

4. Route 447

Travel down Route 6 to Route 507 to access Route 447. Ride through Canadensis and Analomink to view the back road beauty of Route 447. This unhurried drive is enveloped in fall attractiveness. The Oak and Hickory trees transform into a stunning array of pigmentation along the road. Drive the entire road to link up to Route 209. 

Take a Scenic Drive and Explore the Fall Foliage in the Pocono Mountains

5. Route 209

Connecting from Route 6 through Milford, Route 209 journeys through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Explore this stretch of road encompassing surrounding towns of Dingmans Ferry and Bushkill. CNN has named the Delaware Water Gap one of the best places to view fall foliage; the town is situated just below the recreation area. Rightfully so, the preserved, 70,000-acre region and town feature beautiful colors as far as the eye can see.

Enjoy the Scenic Beauty of the Pocono Mountains

Southern Color Zone:

Enjoy a leisurely autumn drive in and around Beltzville, Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge

6. Route 209

Continuing down Route 209 South from the central region, this specific section of road spans from Kresgeville past the Beltzville Dam and Reservoir into Jim Thorpe. Take a slight turn off Route 209 onto Pohopoco Drive to see the vibrant foliage around Beltzville Lake in Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park Fall Foliage in the Poconos

7. Route 903

In addition to Route 209, Route 903 also travels to Jim Thorpe. Make a minor detour onto Route 903 to drive directly through the historic town. The Lehigh Gorge sets a beautiful backdrop to Jim Thorpe that emanates stunning hues during the fall season. This part of the region is home to Birch, Maple, Oak and Hickory trees that light up the landscape with warming colors.

Scenic View of Tank Hollow in the Pocono Mountains

Check out all our scenic drives throughout the Pocono Mountains. We’ve designed these routes in conjunction with our fall foliage forecast, which updates each week during the fall. For an inclusive guide of both the region's routes and color zones, view our geographical map

Rest up at one of our places to stay before embarking on more fall adventures. Be sure to find fall special offers while visiting the region, too.