This time of year is one of my favorite times to hike. The leaves change, the temps drop, and the photos always turn out great.
If you’re looking to get outside during these fall days, we’ve rounded up our top 5 hikes in the area to experience this time of the year. As always, if we missed your favorite, share it in the comments!
Bushkill, PA 18324
With over 70,000 acres to explore, you’re sure to capture beautiful fall foliage at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. There are more than 100 miles of trails to explore and even includes parts of the Appalachian Trail. What’s special about this dam is that, while it was originally constructed for flood management, it’s become much more than that for locals. People visit the reservoir for fishing, boating, hiking, and more!
Benton, PA 17814
With 21 waterfalls, Ricketts Glen State Park is a must-see spot this time of year. There’s something about the combination of waterfalls and falling leaves that brings about great peace. If you’re looking for some tranquillity, I definitely suggest a hike here!
The full loop, where you can see 20 waterfalls, is a less than an 8-mile hike.
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Located near Jim Thorpe, PA, Glen Onoko Falls offers amazing views of both waterfalls and sweeping trees. This time of year, the 3-mile hike is a real treat.
Plus, every weekend in October, the town is holding its annual Fall Festival. Check out all that Jim Thorpe has to offer, enjoy food, wine, shops, and train rides.
White Haven, PA
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Dam in 1961, and the area has become one of the most beautiful places in the Poconos to take in nature. With 80 acres to explore, you can do everything from hiking to kayaking here.
Bushkill, PA 18324
Here, you get a little bit of everything. With 8 waterfalls located on a 300-acre park, you’ll see falls as tall as 100 feet. The locals call this the “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” and you can even find a playground, gift shop, mini golf, and other activities for the whole family!
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