25 Ways to View Poconos Fall Foliage in 2023

The Pocono Mountains is home to 127 indigenous species of trees, plants and shrubs that illuminate the region come autumn.

One of the most popular times to visit the region, autumn inspires wonderful festivals, activities and special offers that celebrate fall foliage and the season's many splendors. Embark on an apple or pumpkin picking adventure and make lasting autumn memories in the Pocono Mountains. Find the answers to your autumn inquiries on Poconos fall colors with our list of FAQs.

From adventure to sightseeing, we've categorized autumn experiences into the following five categories. Here's a list of 25 ways to enjoy the Poconos fall season and scenery in 2023:

Festive Fun

1. Find a fall foliage train excursion. Experience the excitement of a rail car ride! Fall foliage train excursions are a wonderful way to celebrate autumn in the Pocono Mountains.

2. Hop on a hayride! Snuggle up to your loved ones and draw in the crisp autumn air. Mountainside hayrides are a must at many of the region's fall activities.

Take a fall foliage train excursion

Tours and Sightseeing

3. Pick a tour! Travel the region and explore the outdoor beauty firsthand with endless sightseeing opportunities.

4. Attend an environmental education event. Learn about the lush Pocono Mountains landscape and the creatures that call it home. Head out with a naturalist and soak up some Pennsylvania scenes and stories.

5. Take to the skies! Get a bird's eye view of the brilliant autumn scenery during a fall foliage air tour of the Pocono Mountains or an exciting skydiving experience!

6. Take a vineyard tour! Experience the beauty of a mountainside winery in autumn! Vineyard tours allow travelers to drink in the scenery...and flavors of the Pocono Mountains. Cheers!

7. Take a walking tour. Sightseeing in the Pocono Mountains extends far beyond manmade attractions. Discover the rich history of the region as you stroll beneath the falling leaves.

8. Explore our area. Scenic stretches of road, such as Route 507 near Lake Wallenpaupack, offer unmatched views of autumn foliage. Hop in the car or Pocono Slingshot Rental for a scenic drive...and be sure to stop for fall fun along the way! Take in the historic and small-town charm of various downtown areas. Find things to do and view maps of activities.

Go for a scenic drive through the Poconos

Autumn Accommodations

9. Go camping or glamping! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world! Spend the night in one of the Pocono Mountains' pristine campsites and make warm autumn memories beside a crackling fire.

10. Steal away with your sweetheart. Cozy up against the chill of autumn. Enjoy a couples-only escape complimented by the brilliant Poconos fall colors.

11. Take a family vacation! Fall activities, pumpkin patches, outdoor adventures and more-autumn in the Pocono Mountains brings endless opportunities for family fun. But don't just day trip! Check out our top picks for awesome autumn vacation spots!

12. Book an overnight stay. Spend a night in the Poconos and take advantage of one of these special deals this fall.

Fall is the perfect season for a family vacation

Water Recreation

13. Go fishing! Enjoy a relaxing day of sport fishing amid the bold colors of autumn.

14. Take a canoe or kayaking trip! Float along the pristine waters of the Pocono Mountains and enjoy unique views of the changing mountain landscape.

15. Spend a day sailing or boating. Enjoy a leisurely lake cruise or a speedy sailboat ride. The wooded lakes of the Pocono Mountains offer some of the region’s prettiest panoramas.

Enjoy a fall kayak ride down the Delaware River

Outdoor Adventure

16. Take a hike! Savor the scenery as you stroll along the wooded pathways of the Pocono Mountains. More than 260 miles of hiking trails wind through the region, revealing scenic vistas, tumbling waterfalls and lush Pocono Mountains foliage. Find the route that’s right for you!

17. Go for a bike ride! Marvel at the Pocono Mountains' majesty from the seat of a mountain bike! Enjoy an awesome autumn outing on one of many forested bike paths!

18. Step into the saddle! Hit the trails on horseback for a unique view of the changing mountain scenery. Many of the region's riding stables offer guided rides through scenic wooded trails.

Saddle up for a scenic fall foliage horseback ride

19. Hit the links! Crisp autumn air and bright fall foliage enhance the allure of Pocono Mountains golf courses. Play a round on one of the region's iconic courses and enjoy breathtaking views of the changing scenery.

20. Speed down the Mountain Coaster! Feel the autumn wind in your hair as you glide along this unique Pocono Mountains attraction offering unmatched vantage points for viewing the fall foliage.

21. Swing through the trees! What better way to see the trees than from the trees? Swing, pull, climb and zip your way through the fall foliage during a run through a treetop adventure course!

22. Take a railbiking recreational adventure with Pennsylvania Rail Bike. Cycle right on the railroad tracks and enjoy a scenic ride along the Lackawaxen River in the charming town of Hawley.

23. Try paintball! Experience fast-paced fun and excitement in the great outdoors! A game of Pocono Mountains paintball will leave you (almost) as colorful as the trees!

24. Go zip lining! Fly through the air above the reds and oranges of autumn! Zip lining experiences are available at many Pocono Mountains destinations.

25. Give a Stockcar Racing Experience a go! Catch the foliage trackside while traveling up to 160mph at Pocono Raceway! It's an adventure fit for your bucket list!

Take in the scenic view from the treetops

Looking for the best time to view the fiery foliage? The Pocono Mountains has three distinct color zones, which peak at different times throughout the season. Our weekly Fall Foliage Forecast tracks color and progress all autumn long. Call 570-421-5565 for a fall foliage report, and be sure to check out our Autumn in the Pocono Mountains board on Pinterest for even more colorful suggested experiences!


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