Surrounded by natural grandeur and home to the birthplace of the American Conservation Movement, scenic Milford abounds in cultural heritage and small-town charm.
The beauty of the Delaware River Highlands, a storybook downtown and a National Historic Landmark all await visitors to Milford. Learn more about the exciting festivals, local businesses, and warm and welcoming community in the county seat of Pike County.
About the Town
About the Town
The American Conservation Movement and a legendary culinary tradition both feature in Milford's history, and the town continues to maintain those legacies today. Explore all the area's activities and adventure, and schedule your trip to overlap with annual events like the Milford Readers & Writers Festival or the Black Bear Film Festival. Read our blog for road trip ideas and itineraries as you explore the town of Milford in the Poconos. You can also consult this pictorial map of Milford and nearby Dingmans Ferry as you start planning.
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Milford’s unique lodging destinations offer experiences from the rustic to the refined. Unplug and recharge at a ranch or campground, or head to a hotel for chic dining, lodging and meeting spaces all under one roof. No matter the inspiration for your Milford escape, you’ll find a range of accommodations to enrich your experience.
Rich with trails and waterways, Milford is the perfect place to try something new! The town is the north gate to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, packed with hiking, biking and waterfalls, including Raymondskill Falls, the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. Trek up the Milford Knob Trail for a birds-eye view of the storybook town below with the Delaware River winding in the distance. Ride down the Delaware on a canoe, kayak or raft, or take to the trees on a sky-high zip line. Learn more about outdoor adventure throughout the Pocono Mountains.
Milford offers plenty of opportunities for family fun, from hiking trails to historic sites. Head outdoors for a fun day of boating or biking or tour the town’s museums and galleries. Milford is home to the beautiful Grey Towers National Historic Site and the Columns Museum which houses the famous “Lincoln Flag.” Milford hosts many annual events throughout the year, including the popular Milford Music Festival. Learn more about family fun throughout the Pocono Mountains.
Milford’s creative community ensures there are plenty of crafts and keepsakes to find in town, like sustainable goods and artisanal foods at BetterWorld Store & Cafe and crystals and candles at Earthly Treasures. Put together a charcuterie board paired with the perfect vintages at Milford Wine & Cheese. Learn more about shopping throughout the Pocono Mountains.
Fine dining was brought to Milford in the late 18th century with the founding of the Hotel Fauchere, which continues its legacy of culinary innovation today in The Delmonico Room. Plan a date night or a relaxing family meal; there are restaurant options in town for every taste and budget. Stroll through the small village of shops at Apple Valley Restaurant after you eat or enjoy brunch the historic covered veranda of the Tom Quick Inn Restaurant.
Discover warm winter hospitality and thrilling cold weather adventures in Milford. Make lasting family memories at holiday celebrations or enjoy skiing, riding and tubing at Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain to the north or Shawnee Mountain Ski Area to the south. Travel along the icy Delaware River to spot bald eagles in their winter habitat or set out on a snowshoe or cross-country skiing excursion. Learn more about ski and snow activities throughout the Pocono Mountains.
Founded in 1796 and planned in a grid layout inspired by Philadelphia's street design, Milford became a popular summer retreat throughout the 1800s and 1900s, attracting families like the Pinchots, who built Grey Towers as their vacation home. James Pinchot commissioned Historic Forest Hall in 1863. Originally designed as a post office by Calvert Vaux, the architect of the original façade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and later expanded for use by the Yale School of Forestry, the building now houses shops and an incubator for the arts.
A love of nature was born in the oldest son of the Pinchot family, Gifford Pinchot, and he went on pioneer the idea of sustainable harvesting of natural resources and became the first head of the U.S. Forest Service under Teddy Roosevelt. When President John F. Kennedy dedicated Grey Towers as a National Historic Site in 1963, he referred to Gifford as the “Father of the Conservation Movement.” Learn more about Milford's history in the Pocono Perspectives episode below.