Looking for the best spots to see sunset in the Poconos? You have plenty of options! Our region boasts awe-inspiring views across 2,400 square miles of grand landscapes packed with outdoor adventure, and clear evening skies become the perfect canvas for the setting sun to show off its artistic skills, whether over waterways or peaks.
With your help, we've gathered snapshots of six of the most stunning sunset spots in the area. Don't forget to follow @PoconoTourism on Instagram and social media for even more sunset photos, and share your own with the hashtag #PoconoMtns. We also need your help to keep our natural splendor pristine: do your part to Pick Up the Poconos and leave no trace when you visit.
Big Pocono State Park
Find the perfect frame for the setting sun in the 360-degree panorama of the evening colors at Big Pocono State Park in Tannersville, PA. There are over 1,300 acres of rugged terrain to explore and hike, but visitors can also drive up to the summit of Camelback Mountain to take in the expansive views along scenic Rim Road.
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Kick back at a fire pit along the Delaware River on the grounds of the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. You could even combine your sunset with a stop along the Pocono Beverage Trail! The ShawneeCraft Brewing Company is adjacent to the historic inn and hosts regular Rhythm and Blues Live Music, with over a dozen award-winning craft beers and hard seltzers to try, plus local wines and spirits.
The fiery afterglow filling the skies over Lehigh Gorge State Park is a sight to behold. Adjacent to the park, the Tank Hollow Trail starts from State Game Lands 141 and winds up to reveal a breathtaking view of the curving Lehigh River. Be sure to stay alert on the trail and watch for wildlife. For a complete Lehigh Gorge experience, make sure you also make time to navigate the D&L Trail that winds alongside the river and stop in the nearby small towns of Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.
Lake Wallenpaupack is one of the best places to see sunset in the Poconos! The setting sun has twice the drama, as the sky’s colors are reflected in the lake’s 5,700 rippling acres. Take your cue from the ducks and get out on the water to take in the sunset when you book a boat rental with local outfitters. Every Wallenpaupack sunset is different: find a place to stay close to the water’s edge like East Shore Lodging or Silver Birches Resort to enjoy the show every night of your trip.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center
The famed Appalachian Trail runs along the Kittatinny Ridge along the southern edge of the Pocono Mountains region, stretching from Delaware Water Gap and Mount Minsi in the east to Blue Mountain and Lehigh Gap Nature Center in the west. Golden hour is an ideal time to follow the white blazes and enjoy the sunset over the mountains.
Nick's Lake House
Nick's Lake House, located in the heart of Lake Harmony, faces west across the water, serving up incredible sunsets alongside delicious dinners and drinks. Watch the colors reflected in your wine glass as you unwind and enjoy the end of another great day in the Poconos.
Pocono Mountain sunsets are spectacular in all four seasons, but they’re especially magical coming after summer’s extra hours of lingering daylight. From sunrise to sunset, see what the longest day of the year looked like all over the Poconos in our summer solstice time lapse video below.
There are even more beautiful views as well as tasty dishes to discover at our region’s restaurants, plus plenty of take out options to provide a sunset picnic. Take advantage of special offers and plan a stay at welcoming local accommodations to give yourself time to enjoy a whole weekend or even week of sunsets. Scroll down to see even more beautiful evening skies from all over the region!