Our team at Ledges Hotel love spending our free time enjoying the amazing scenery around us. Since fall is almost here, all of us in the Pocono Mountains are gearing up to watch the leaves fall, pick pumpkins, and of course, spend time with our friends and family outdoors enjoying it all. When people come visit us at Ledges in the fall, we love to suggest ways for them to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the Pocono Mountains. However, since not everyone enjoys the outdoors the same, we have put together some ideas to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be by car, by trail, or by water.
The first suggestion is by car. Who doesn’t love spending a day driving around with friends or family and getting to see the most that the Pocono Mountains have to offer? One of the most iconic drives in PA just happens to pass right through our amazing town, Route 6. The whole route is 400 miles and stretches across the northern part of PA. There are many things to see along the route, here are some of our favorites. In Milford, make sure you stop by Grey Towers, which is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, who was not only the Governor of Pennsylvania twice, he was also the first chief of the US Forest Service. If you love art, be sure to map out some places to see along the Artisan Trail. This trail allows visitors to connect with local artists of these amazing small towns and along the way you will find studios, galleries as well as museums. Even if you have no set place in mind, Route 6 is perfect for the wandering traveler who just enjoys the ride.
For some of us, the best way to unwind is to go for a walk. Fall in the Pocono Mountains is the best time to do this. The weather is just right and the colors you will see on the trees are truly magical. Here are some of our favorite trails around Hawley. The first one is the Shuman Point Natural Area hiking trail. This trail is widely loved because it closely follows the shore line of Lake Wallenpaupack and is a quick 3.5 mile loop that has some interesting hills and curves to it. Many visitors have commented that it is a great place to see fall foliage and local wildlife. Another trail that we love is The Blooming Grove 4-H Trail in the Delaware State Forest. This trail system is about 7 miles and has 2 loops that take you through swamps as well as a meadow. If you want more, there is a ton of things to do at this park.
One of the things we love in the Pocono Mountains is our lakes. It’s the best of both worlds! In the fall, we still love being on the water. The closest lake for us is Lake Wallenpaupack and there is a lot to do at the lake like fishing, boating, or just hanging out by the shore. One company, Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tour & Boat Rentals, loves to take visitors on a 50 minute tour of the lake and fill our heads with little facts and stories. Make sure you check your calendar before you go; they only operate on the weekends in the fall.
The Pocono Mountains gives us residents and visitors something to be amazed at on a daily basis. When people come to visit the mountains, they usually chose to stay with us at Ledges Hotel. Our beautiful hotel is situated in the Hawley Silk Mill and gives way to fantastic views of the gorge. When you do book a stay with us, be sure to spend one dinner in our restaurant, Glass. Pick out some of your favorite foods to share and pick a table near our decks so you will be able to have an amazing view of the Pocono Mountains while you eat. Contact our helpful staff today to book your weekend in the Pocono Mountains and at Ledges Hotel.
Photo by: Nicholas A. Tonelli