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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.  

Hawley

Kick-off the day with a scenic drive on 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. The massive lake covers 52 miles of shoreline and is home to some of the best fishing in Pennsylvania. Imagine walking around the lake on an autumn day with the vibrant colors of the trees reflecting off the water all around you — time for an Instagram selfie!

Indulge in farm-to-table restaurants in the Pocono Mountains. Fresh ingredients enhance handcrafted dishes at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company, and French Manor Inn and Spa. Delicious dishes aren’t all these inns have to offer. Stay the night, and experience an enchanting atmosphere at both The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park and French Manor Inn and Spa.

Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary

Take a stroll through the sanctuary to wind down. Encompassing almost 600 acres, the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful place for a fall walk. The Sanctuary is dedicated to the preservation of woodlands and open spaces — the well-maintained walking trails will clear the mind and refresh the soul. The preserve is open daily, dawn to dusk, year-round.

Silk Mill

Spend the night in a bluestone beauty. While you’re near Hawley, visiting the Silk Mill is a must. This 75,000-square-foot stunner is home to shops and galleries, and it’s just steps from fine accommodations and farm-to-table dining. See a show in the Silk Mill’s music venue, Harmony Presents. Then tuck into the neighboring Ledges Hotel where tumbling waterfalls complement autumn foliage. In the morning, perk up at farm-to-table café Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company

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