Winter blues got you down? With the spring season blossoming next week, the Pocono Mountains have an abundance of outdoor experiences to warm you up. 

From relaxing to exhilarating, choose your own adventure. Below are a few spring activities you’ll want to try at least once while visiting the Pocono Mountains.


1. Whitewater Rafting

With the recent precipitation, the Pocono Mountains rivers are flowing just in time to start off the whitewater rafting season. Pocono Whitewater Adventures opens March 31. Our facilitators like Whitewater Challengers offer multi-day trips in addition to special rafting rates throughout the season.

Check out upcoming events and 2018 dam release dates posted on outfitters websites like Whitewater Rafting Adventures. Many whitewater rafting retailers offer biking and hiking activities as well. Interested in something a little slower? Enjoy guided trips down the river or rafting and tubing at your leisure.


2. Biking

Two national parks and nine state parks, totaling over 100,000 acres, provide outdoor biking experiences in the spring months. Trails offer a variety of distances, scenic views, and terrains. Bike along the Lehigh River in the Lehigh Gorge State Park or take a ride beside one of our lakes at Prompton State Park.

With bike rentals and shuttle services available throughout the Pocono Mountains, biking is easily accessible. Edge of the Woods Outfitters offers the only bike rentals throughout the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


3. Bird Watching

Another benefit to state and national parks is the ability to bird watch. The Pocono Environmental Education Center welcomes migrating bird species through tours and events during the spring.

The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary and Lacawac Sanctuary offers nature trails for observing wildlife while preserving these natural habitats. The Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center offers hands-on experiences through public programs and hikes.


4. Hiking

126 hiking trails cover 261 miles of Pocono Mountains beauty. Hike throughout the area and discover trails leading to the tallest peaks and the lowest valleys. Find a quiet walk through nature preserves and education centers or share the trails with bikers at state parks, like Mauch Chunk State Park.

With trails ranging in difficulty, there’s a hike for everyone. And who knows, you may even stumble upon a waterfall. There are 19 waterfalls scattered all through the region’s hiking trails, including Bushkill Falls, "The Niagara of Pennsylvania".


5. Fishing

With 122 miles of stocked river and 11,285 acres of stocked lakes, you’ll wonder why you haven’t fished the Pocono Mountains sooner. Fishing requirements vary by location. Big Brown Fish and Pay Lakes do not require a fishing license, while state parks, like Promised Land State Park, require a license by PA Fish and Boat Commission laws.

Fishing season begins April 14, 2018; enjoy free fishing without a license May 27, 2018 and July 4, 2018. Guided fishing trips are also available from outfitters like Ray's Charter Guide Service. Whether you are an avid fisherman or a beginner, trips can be customized to fit your experience, time, and budget.


6. Golfing

It wouldn’t be spring without golf. Tee off at a wide variety of greens that have had their fair share of professional influence over the years. With the season beginning in early April at places like Buck Hill Golf Club, golfers can play on a multitude of courses fit to suit any preference.

Many golf courses, like the East course at Pocono Manor Resort and Spa, have been established since the early 20th century. The Pocono Mountains is also home to nationally recognized courses like The Country Club at Woodloch Springs. No matter the history, each course shares the iconic beauty and breathtaking landscape views of the region.


7. Horseback Riding

Saddle up for some horseback riding! Enjoy guided trail rides through Malibu Dude Ranch's 800 acres of scenic forest trails. Pocono Mountain Villas Horseback Riding accommodates both families and anyone looking to reconnect with nature.

Whether looking to ride in a small group or alone with your horse, there is no experience required; Deer Path Riding Stable loves beginners! If you are not up for a ride, Daisy Field Farm offers hay wagon, carriage and pony rides too.


8. Touring

How about a little off-road adventure? Rent an all-terrain vehicle or bring your own to Alvin's Offroad Playground. Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours is open year-round and provide utility-terrain vehicles tuned up and ready for some spring action.

You can also tour the Poconos on three-wheels with Pocono Slingshot Rentals! Starting in late April, blaze your own trail throughout the region, or take pre-mapped, suggested routes to popular places in the area. Want a guided, laid-back experience? Enjoy a scenic tour from a sidecar with Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz.


Be sure to keep up with events and special offers for more spring activities. 

Interested in planning a spring getaway? Check out all outdoor adventure and family fun in the Pocono Mountains; find a place to stay while you’re at it!