The Poconos is a mountain area in northeastern Pennsylvania. It is 2,400 square miles of wooded mountains and valleys full of beautiful lakes, rivers, forests and wildlife. It has long been popular with honeymooners, but today the Poconos are a popular destination for families, skiers, adventure seekers, NASCAR fans, and those from urban areas around New England, New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, from where the region is quickly accessible by car. The Poconos are one of the most southern major ski areas in the United States.
- Bradford County
- Carbon County
- Coal Region
- Endless Mountains
- Lackawanna County
- Luzerne County
- Monroe County
- Northeastern Poconos
- Pike County
- Sullivan County
- Susquehanna County
- Wayne County
- Wyoming County
The region lacks any major cities, although Scranton and Wilkes-Barre together form a moderate-sized conurbation. The region is dominated by many small towns. The area in recent years has become a commuter region for Philadelphia, New York and Northern New Jersey.
Several towns within the Pocono region include:
- Stroudsburg — The seat of Monroe County and the gateway to the Poconos for many arriving from the New Jersey and New York areas.
- Bangor — A place to go for spiritual retreats and meditative parks.
- East Stroudsburg – Twin city of Stroudsburg.
- Hawley — A small town located north of I-84. Nearby manmade Lake Wallenpaupack offers camping, boating and fishing. Woodloch Pines Resorts is a few miles from town.
- Jim Thorpe — The “Switzerland of Pennsylvania” is located at the southwestern edge of the region and is a popular destination.
- Lehighton — Located 3 miles south of Jim Thorpe. This is the nearest town to Jim Thorpe with large franchise hotels.
- Mount Pocono — A large town in the central Poconos located at the junction of PA 940 and PA 611.
- Shawnee-On-Delaware — Located to the north and east of Stroudsburg.
- Tannersville — A town west of Stroudsburg on I-80 that is home to The Crossings premium outlets and The Great Wolf Lodge, a resort with a large indoor waterpark.
- Bushkill Falls is also known as The “Niagara of Pennsylvania”.
The climate of the Pocono Mountains is not unlike many other areas of the Northeast. Each season has its own distinct weather characteristics that make the Poconos unique. People love the Northeast because they can experience the beauty each season offers throughout the year.
After the cold winter, the blossoming flowers and fresh warm air make it perfect for any outdoor activity. The temperatures are moderate and there is always the chance of rainfall. The spring offers numerous outdoor activities like canoeing, golf, whitewater rafting, mountain biking,fishing, horseback riding or anything you can think of! The tree lined mountains are full of Mountain Laurel blossoms and the surroundings are green and thriving.
The heat comes in during the summer months of June, July, and August. The temperatures can often reach into the 90’s and rarely exceed 100. The humidity can be very high which makes it more compelling to engage in cool water activities like like visiting the crystal clear lakes. Lake Wallenpaupack, one of Pennsylvania’s larges lakes, or any of Pocono mountain’s 150 lakes is the perfect place to relax and take a dip, fish, water ski, or sail. The Pocono Raceway has two NASCAR race weekends, one in early June and one in late July/early August, and an IndyCar race weekend in August.