As we delve deeper into the autumn season, the foliage is only getting better. While the Poconos boasts renowned views, it also has plenty of ways to experience the fall beauty. 

Vibrant reds and yellows have set the mountains ablaze, and our three color zones are waiting to be seen. The region has been hailed for its fall foliage, and that’s only the beginning.

Regional foresters have started their fall forecasts and provide foliage updates for every zone through October. These predictions are updated weekly on our Fall Foliage Forecast page, so you have the best opportunity to view peak color! In the third post of our three-blog series, we end our fall journey to the Pocono Mountains’ northern color zone.

The northern color zone encompasses Lake Wallenpaupack, Honesdale and Hawley. For this week's Fall Foliage Forecast, full color is at 10% with 90% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 7-8.

We’re sharing fall activity guides to help you get the most out of a leaf peeping trip within the northern region. Find fall itineraries for adventure, leisure, culture and family fun below. Check out some of these highlighted fall activities in the video below.


Explore the great outdoors in the northern zone.

DAY 1:

Bike through a park. Experience the season on bicycle at Gouldsboro State Park. Old Route 611 and Prospect Rock trails cover eight miles for biking adventure. This park covers almost 3,000 acres of land and features a 250-acre lake.

Set up camp at a lakeside resort. Choose from RV, cabin or tent camping experiences at Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort. You’ll enjoy stunning fall scenery and amenities like the 90-acre lake, camp store, game room and movie lounge.

DAY 2:

See the foliage on a river trip. Paddle down the Delaware River with Kittatinny Canoes, Inc or Lander's River Trips. Kittatinny is open through the end of October, weather permitting, and Lander's wraps up the river season in mid-October.

Go fish. Head out on Lake Wallenpaupack for a guided fishing trip. Ray’s Charter Guide Service runs outings on the Big Lake. Be sure to call ahead for fall hours of operation to schedule your appointment.


Welcome all things fall in Hawley.

DAY 1:

Stroll through the sanctuary. Encompassing almost 600 acres, the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful place for a fall walk. Enjoy a stride through the vibrant foliage. The preserve is open daily, dawn to dusk, year-round.

Head to Hawley for dinner and more. Expect farm-to-table food, cozy accommodations and legendary hospitality at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park. As you unwind and plan for day two, add downtown shopping with some sightseeing to your trip.

DAY 2:

Get festive. While in downtown Hawley, be sure to stop by the Hawley Harvest Hoedown. Occurring October 13, 2018, experience cider tastings, live demonstrations and entertainment, family activities, locally grown foods and so much more.

Embark on a scenic drive. Take historic Route 6 toward Hawley for award-winning views of the fall foliage. Route 507 around Lake Wallenpaupack was named one of Travel Channel’s Best Fall Foliage Road Trips in 2013.


Try something new in historic towns.

DAY 1:

Indulge in farm-to-table food. Try locally sourced foods and grab a java at Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company. After breakfast, stop over to the Hawley Silk Mill; a 75,000-sqaure-foot sensation home to shops and galleries.

Spend the night in a bluestone beauty. Continue your journey through the Silk Mill and find your way to the neighboring Ledges Hotel. Breathtaking waterfalls can be seen complementing the fall foliage from the hotel's private decks. Enjoy the view from your room, or with a deck side meal from the on-site restaurant, Glass – Wine.Bar.Kitchen.

DAY 2:

Appreciate fine art. Come see over 1,000 pieces of cut, etched and engraved crystal at the Dorflinger Glass Museum. This is one of the nation’s largest displays of Dorflinger crystal, and some pieces have even graced several White House Administrations.

Gaze into local history. Visit historic Honesdale and take a walking tour through town. Pause at points of interest like the Wayne County Historical Society Museum, where you'll find the Stourbridge Lion Replica.


Experience autumn outings in Honesdale.

DAY 1:

Embrace fall during Harvest and Heritage Days. Honesdale’s annual Harvest and Heritage Days are set for the weekend of October 6 and 7, 2018. Highlights include hayrides, children’s activities, vendors, demonstrations, tours, tastings and exhibits at local attractions.

Relax and stay. After a day of fun and foliage in town, head to the nearby Wayne Inn for a restful night's sleep. Pets welcome! 

DAY 2:

Take a ride on the Stourbridge Line. Ride the rails in Honesdale, the birthplace of the American Railroad. Honesdale’s historic railway offers scenic train rides, some themed, on select dates through October. Fall Foliage Limited Excursions run Friday through Sunday until November 10, 2018.

Ready for a road trip to the northern color zone? Keep an eye on the Pocono Mountains’ Fall Foliage Forecast for weekly reports and resources.

In case you missed it, browse our fall guides for the region's southern and central color zones. Although we have concluded our color zone series, we’ve got more fall blogs coming your way! Check back for fall hikes to experience peak foliage and Halloween happenings!

Be sure to browse fall festivals and see what fall activities will coincide with your visit. Discover ideas for a day trip and fall fun! For even more ways to see the leaves in the Pocono Mountains, check out 25 ways to view fall foliage.

Love our fall foliage? Vote for the Pocono Mountains as America’s best! Click here to vote for us in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 category of “Best Destination for Fall Foliage” until October 2, 2018.