Bright, warming hues are appearing in our three color zones. We have already started covering autumn activities, so you can enjoy the season, and experience the highly acclaimed foliage before the leaves fall.
With the help of the region’s foresters, we receive weekly updates on the fall foliage for each zone throughout the area. These predictions are updated on our Fall Foliage Forecast page for optimum autumn experiences! In the second post of our three-blog series, we continue our fall journey to the Pocono Mountains’ central color zone.
The central color zone encompasses Stroudsburg, Bushkill and Milford. According to this week's Fall Foliage Forecast, full color is at 10-15% with 90% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 14-20.
With peak fall color in just a couple weeks, we’re sharing a few activity guides within the central region. Find two-day fall itineraries for adventure, leisure, culture and family fun, below. Check out some of these highlighted fall activities in the video below.
Experience “one of the best places” to view fall foliage in the Delaware Water Gap.
Start with a river trip. Canoe or kayak down the Delaware River for unmatched views of the autumn leaves. Take a trip with Edge of the Woods Outfitters, Shawnee River Trips or Chamberlain Canoes for a serene experience.
Step off the grid. Spend a night under the stars and around the fire while camping. Whether you prefer RV, tent or cottage sites, we’ve got the spot for you. Pitch a tent at Delaware Water Gap/Pocono Mountain KOA year-round or at Foxwood Campground until October 31.
…or play amongst them! Gather up the courage to test your skills at an adventure park. Challenge yourself at an aerial ropes course, rock climbing and mountain slides. Try your luck at Blue Lightning, Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures and Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge.
Relax and enjoy fall in and around Stroudsburg.
Bike along a riverside trail. Spanning over 30 miles through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the McDade Recreational Trail is a packed gravel pathway perfect for leisurely hiking and biking. The trail runs along the Delaware, passing farm fields and historic buildings from Shawnee on Delaware to Milford.
Revel in fall festivities. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is known for its festivals, especially ones during the fall. View outstanding foliage while enjoying fall fun at the Autumn Timber Festival, October 6-7, 2018 or the Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival, October 20-21, 2018.
Enjoy an afternoon on the town. Explore Stroudsburg on a self-guided walking tour of the town. Enjoy the historic charm, unique shops and quaint eateries along the way. Need a bite to eat? Stop in Garlíc Prime Steak & Seafood or Kanya's Thai Orchid for a late afternoon meal.
Downtown Milford harmonizes with an autumn backdrop.
Celebrate the arts. Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival is set for October 19-21, 2018—peak fall foliage weekend! Expect workshops, film screenings, panel discussions and more at the 19th annual celebration.
Fall for fine dining. Indulge in culinary excellence at The Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchere. Dinner is served every Friday through Sunday beginning at 6 p.m.; reservations required.
Take a peek into the past. The Columns Museum houses artifacts and archives curated by the Pike County Historical Society, which can be seen select days until November 30, 2018. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the US Forest Service. Hourly tours of the mansion run through December.
Embrace all things fall in the central region.
Hit the trails on horseback. Milford’s Malibu Dude Ranch boasts 800 acres of scenic wooded trails – perfect for catching the foliage. Children eight and older can head out on horseback. Pony rides are available for kids ages three to seven. No experience necessary; beginners welcome!
Spend the weekend at a world-class resort. Year after year, Woodloch Resort is recognized for its family-friendly amenities. Stay and see what the all-inclusive resort has to offer! Experience nightly entertainment, outdoor adventures, kid-centric activities and more fun amid the foliage. Stay during Spooktacular Halloween Weekends, and you’ll be treated to seasonal activities such as pumpkin painting, costume parties and haunted hayrides on the nature trail.
Walk to a waterfall. The central color zone is home to many of the Pocono Mountains’ most iconic waterfalls. The trails at Raymondskill Falls are relatively easy and appropriate for children. Bushkill Falls is another top spot for waterfall viewing. Take a look through the Fall Foliage Map to find more waterfalls in this zone.
Go to a show. Bring the whole family, and see a play at Shawnee Playhouse. This historic venue provides a wide variety of shows from children’s theater to drama – there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Ready for a road trip to the central color zone? Keep an eye on the Pocono Mountains’ Fall Foliage Forecast for weekly color updates.
Be sure to browse fall festivals and activities that 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.
Check back next week for our third and final guide for the Pocono Mountains’ northern color zone! In case you missed it, browse our fall guide for the region's southern color zone.
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.