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Leaf Peepers: Pocono Mountains

Duration: Three days and three nights

Encompassing 2,400 square miles of rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, verdant forests and 170 miles of winding rivers, the Pocono Mountains region of Northeast Pennsylvania is a woodland paradise. Colorful leaves blanket and illuminate the countryside, creating a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities of all kinds.

The varied landscape presents scenic views in every season, but few sights compare to the breathtaking fall foliage. The Pocono Mountains is home to 127 indigenous species of trees, plants, and shrubs that burst into bold hues every autumn.

Stay, explore and experience the beauty of autumn in the Pocono Mountains.  

Delaware River

Take leaf peeping to the next level with fall fun on the Delaware River. Travel north on route 209 for an hour and a half to  Kittatinny Canoes, Inc and start with a river trip. Canoe, kayak, or raft down the Delaware for unmatched views of the autumn leaves. Kittatinny also offers an opportunity to fly through the trees on a 3,000-foot mountain zip line. Ride solo or race a friend; you’ll reach speeds up to 60mph!

Milford's Black Bear Film Festival

In the afternoon, travel 15 minutes north to celebrate the arts. Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival is scheduled in October — peak fall foliage time! Expect workshops, film screenings, panel discussions, and more at the annual celebration.

Downtown Milford

Grab a lunch in Downtown Milford, which stands out against a backdrop of autumn leaves. Bar Louis at Hotel Fauchere is a chic spot for good food and drinks. Driven by culinary extravagance, Hotel Fauchere also offers luxurious lodging. 

Iconic Waterfalls

When evening comes, take a walk to a waterfall! The central color fall foliage zone is home to many of the Pocono Mountains’ most iconic waterfalls. The trails to Dingmans Falls and Raymondskill Falls (tallest waterfall in the state!) 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 to explore.

Unwind in a historic home. Just steps from the shops and restaurants downtown, Milford’s Harrington House Bed & Breakfast is an 1860s charmer with a wrap-around porch!