For more than a century urbanites have gleefully retreated to the picturesque Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pike and Wayne counties. The region’s clean, flowing water, fresh air and convenient proximity to Manhattan, Philadelphia and Scranton make it an excellent place to build your second home or year-round residence.
Lake Wallenpaupack, the region’s centerpiece, defines a rural setting recognized for its awe-inspiring scenery and historical interest. The near-by Upper Delaware Region is also abundant with natural wonders such as rolling rapids, scenic by-ways, hiking and biking trails, and waterfalls.
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Lake Wallenpaupack is a popular spot for sailing, motor boating, water-skiing and jet-skiing. Promised Land State Park offers canoeing and kayaking, and the Delaware River is a favorite for canoeing, kayaking, rafting and tubing. Kittatinny Canoes is a local favorite for canoe, kayak and tube rentals.
The Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania are unsurpassed for hikes and splendid views—especially the amazing network of waterfalls that cuts through the area’s rugged escarpment and spills into the scenic Upper Delaware River.
From Shuman Point and the Ledgedale Natural Area on Lake Wallenpaupack, to Lacawac Sanctuary, Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary, Promised Land State Park, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the area’s abundance of trails offers a seemingly endless supply of new and exciting outdoor adventures for hikers of all levels. These are also delightful spots for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, birding and photography.
Golfers will find an excellent selection of fun and challenging courses around Lake Wallenpaupack. Tee off in style at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs or Skytop Lodge. Private membership is required for Paupack Hills Country Club, and the public is welcome at the popular Cricket Hill Golf Club near Hawley, Cliff Park Inn and Golf Course near Milford (the first PGA course to be designed by a woman), and Red Maples Golf Club in Waymart.
Wayne Memorial Health System serves Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania and near-by Sullivan County, New York. The system’s main hospital is located in Honesdale, only 30 minutes from Lake Wallenpaupack. The 98-bed facility has a staff of more than 70 physicians offering 31 specialties. The hospital is the cornerstone of a network of 12 facilities offering a variety of healthcare services across 1,200 square miles.
Historic Points of Interest
Pike and Wayne counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania have a rich and storied history. Highlights include Grey Towers National Historic Site, the ancestral home of conservationist Gifford Pinchot; the Pike County Historical Society, which houses the blood-stained flag upon which President Lincoln’s head was lain immediately after his assassination; the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the United States, the Delaware Aqueduct (also known as the Roebling Bridge in honor of its designer John A. Roebling, who also engineered the Brooklyn Bridge); the Stourbridge Lion, the first steam locomotive to run in the United States, a replica of which is housed at the Wayne County Historical Society; and the Zane Grey Museum at the confluence of the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers, former home of the famed father of the western novel.
The Ritz Company Playhouse, in downtown Hawley, features stage productions of musicals, comedies and mysteries each weekend through the summer season, and the Wildflower Music Festival offers a delightful series of summer outdoor concerts. The Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts presents a variety of popular artists and performances including classical, pop, rock and country. A 45-minute drive from Lake Wallenpaupack, Bethel Woods is located at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival. The Museum at Bethel Woods, which tells the fantastic story of the 1960s and the Woodstock Festival, is also located on-site.
Depending on where you reside in relation to Lake Wallenpaupack, there are several excellent school districts within Pike and Wayne counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including: Delaware Valley, East Stroudsburg Area, Wallenpaupack Area, Wayne Highlands, and Western Wayne.
Downhill and cross-country skiing are popular winter sports in the Pocono Mountains. Montage Mountain, located in Scranton, is a great family facility. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is within minutes of Lake Wallenpaupack, and offers excellent weekday and week-end downhill adventures, snowboarding and tubing. The marked trails through the Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary and nearby state parks and forests offer miles of cross-country excursions.
Lake Wallenpaupack has a fabulous public beach adjacent to the Wilsonville Recreation Area.
Also, visit these activity and tourism sites:
Discover Pike County
Hawley-Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber of Commerce
Pike County Chamber of Commerce
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
Wayne County Chamber of Commerce