With spring officially beginning to bloom this weekend, the Pocono Mountains has an abundance of outdoor experiences to choose from to soak in the new season and enjoy the warmer temperatures.

From tranquil to exhilarating, check out eight things to do in the Poconos this spring.


1. Biking

The two national parks and nine state parks in the Poconos total over 100,000 acres, providing plenty of biking trails to cycle in the spring months. Discover a variety of terrains, scenic views and distances: wind alongside the Lehigh River on the paved path in Lehigh Gorge State Park or take a spin skirting the shores of a pristine lake 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 bike rentals throughout the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


2. Bird Watching

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

The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary offers peaceful trails for observing wildlife while preserving natural habitats. Find more hands-on experiences including public programs and hikes through the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center.


3. Hiking

Over 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 retreats like Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

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


4. 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.

Statewide trout fishing season begins April 3, 2021; enjoy free fishing without a license May 30, 2021 and July 4, 2021. Guided fishing trips are also available from outfitters like Ray's Charter Guide Service. Whether you're an avid angler or a beginner, trips can be customized to fit your experience, time and budget.


5. 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 provides 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 mid May, blaze your own trail throughout the region, or take a pre-mapped, suggested route with gorgeous views. Want a laid-back, guided experience? Enjoy a scenic tour from a sidecar with Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz.


6. Golfing

It wouldn’t be spring without golf. Tee off at a wide variety of greens that have seen professional play over the years. With the season beginning in April at places like Country Club of the Poconos, golfers can play on a multitude of courses to suit any preference.

The Pocono Mountains boasts many legendary golf courses, like The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort which was completed in 1910 and features A.W. Tillinghast’s first-ever design. You'll also find 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. Take advantage of the 2021 Golf-A-Round Card to lock in savings and be sure to call ahead to your destination to confirm trip details.


7. Horseback Riding

Saddle up for some horseback riding! Bushkill Riding Stables accommodates both families and single riders looking to reconnect with nature.

Whether looking to ride in a small group or alone with your horse, no experience is required; Mountain Creek Riding Stable loves beginners. At Daisy Field Farm, you can also try hay wagon, carriage and pony rides. Please call ahead to your destination for more information.


8. Whitewater Rafting

Pocono Mountains' rivers are flowing just in time to start off the whitewater rafting season. Pocono Whitewater Adventures opens May 1, 2021. Our facilitators like Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers offer multi-day trips in addition to special rafting rates throughout the season.

Check out upcoming events and 2021 dam release dates posted on outfitter's 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. Call the outfitters ahead of time to confirm your trip details!


Whatever your spring adventure, don't forget to call ahead to your destination. Properties can best assist with questions about what services they are currently offering.

Be sure to keep up with events and special offers for more seasonal family fun, and browse our area's beautiful accommodations to plan a longer stay to give yourself more time to savor the Pocono Mountains this spring.

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