Fall Activities in the Poconos

The crisp autumn air and its fall season are upon us! Home to endless adventures, the Pocono Mountains has plenty of fall happenings for you to enjoy. Whether on the ground or in the air, our fall activities offer an irreplaceable discovery of foliage and fun! Below are autumn experiences to catch before the leaves fall this season.


MAZEZILLA

Mazezilla is an 11 acre corn maze with a new and unique design each year. We are proud to be able to offer this outstanding addition to our Pennsylvania farms complex. Since 1998, Mazezilla and Klingel Farm have welcomed thousands of visitors for wonderful, educational, and family-oriented adventures. The incredible Mazezilla maze is open in September and October of each year, dates and hours to be posted when available. Our one-of-a-kind Mazeville Pennsylvania farms complex is located in the shadow of the Pocono Mountains, on Old Route 115, one mile from Saylorsburg Flea Market between Saylorsburg, PA and Wind Gap, PA. https://www.mazezilla.com

We are a family farm in northeast Pennsylvania, working all year round to offer adventure at our maze, fun in our pumpkin patch, and delicious local food. The maze has expanded our ability to offer our farm-fresh produce to the public. Our marvelous Mazezilla maze and our premier pumpkin patch are delightful additions to our family farm, giving extra value to our business and to our customers. Take a day trip to Mazezilla and Klingel Farm. We can’t wait to share our farm with you.


POCONO PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Monday thru Saturday: 9am-6pm; Sunday: 9am-5pm

There’s so much to see and do at The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival, open daily late September through October. Pick pumpkins, play games and enjoy some great food. Enjoy daily hayrides, family corn maze, haunted house and much more. There’s even more fall fun on weekends including wagon rides and a gourd grenade activity. See website for details.



COUNTRY JUNCTION

Forest Inn/Lehighton – 6565 Interchange Rd. (Rt. 209)

(610) 377-5050 countryjunction.com



Air Tour What better way to experience the fall foliage than with a bird’s eye view? See the beauty of fall in the Pocono Mountains with an air tour! Ascend over well-known waterways and mountains bursting with renowned red, yellow and orange hues. Moyer Aviation offers air tours year-round! Catch the aerial views of the Delaware Water Gap, Lake Wallenpaupack or choose your own sightseeing excursion. Buckle up for a private tour for two and see the sights of the region like never before.

Take Fall to New Heights

Moyer AviationExperience breathtaking views of the Delaware Water Gap and other sights from the air with your own plane and tour pilot. This is a wonderful way to see the Pocono Mountains and map out your stay.… VIEW LISTING


Train Ride Take a scenic train ride through the region’s eclectic towns. Learn the history of the Pocono Mountains on an old-fashioned rail car while seeing the foliage. From couples to families, a train ride is an experience everyone can enjoy!  Hop aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a 70-minute round trip from Jim Thorpe to the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Stop by the neighboring No. 9 Mine & Museum, and ride 1,600 feet into the mountain to discover an authentic coal mine! The Stourbridge Line chugs along 25 miles throughout the Poconos with incredible views of the region’s autumn alteration in iconic towns like Hawley and Honesdale, the birthplace of the American railroad.

Tour the Foliage The Stourbridge LineExperience a relaxing, scenic train excursion in vintage railroad coaches along the Lackawaxen River Valley.… No. 9 Mine & MuseumOnce inside, embark on a 600-foot, guided walking tour. Examine the original mine shaft, walk the “mule-way,"… Lehigh Gorge Scenic RailwayUpdated: Passenger trains returned to the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway August 14, 2020 and will run daily…

Biking Autumn leaves line over 260 miles of trails, setting the scene for biking. Two national and nine state parks, totaling over 100,000 acres, offer trails ranging in difficulty and distance. Scenic views also vary; however, vibrant fall colors are constant throughout the region. Bike rentals and shuttle services are available throughout the region, making biking a breeze. Rent a bike and pedal through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the McDade Recreational Trail for a mountainous biking excursion.  Set out for a leisurely bike ride through the Lehigh Gorge on the Switchback Railroad Trail or The D&L Trail. Up the ante and experience The Bike Train; take a scenic train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, and then bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace.

Pedal Past the Leaves Switchback Railroad Trail -…It traces the route of the historic Switchback Gravity Railroad Trail, an 18-mile round trip through… VIEW LISTING D&L Trail - BikingPart of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the D&L Trail is a bike-friendly recreational trail… VIEW LISTING Delaware Water Gap National…Updated: Limited services available. Visit responsibly - Most park trails and boat launches are open, but some… VIEW LISTING Lehigh Gorge State Park - BikingBike on the Lehigh Gorge Trail, which follows 26 miles of the D&L Trail, the foundation of the 165-mile… VIEW LISTING

Horseback Riding Giddy up! Hit the trails and discover the warming colors of the season while horseback riding. Mosey within woods, stroll through streams or saunter across fields on horseback! Whichever your adventure, beautiful scenery awaits. Never ridden a horse? No problem! Deer Path Riding Stable loves beginners. If you are not up for a ride, Daisy Field Farm offers carriage, hay wagon and pony rides too. Bushkill Riding Stables and Mountain Creek Stable accommodate both families and anyone looking to reconnect with nature! Be sure to call and make appointments for your riding experience. 

Saddle Up Daisy Field FarmDaisy Field Farm is a picturesque horse farm offering year-round trail rides, pony rides, carriage, wagon, and… VIEW LISTING

Bushkill Riding StablesOpen year-round, Bushkill Riding Stables offers trail rides where you can reconnect with nature and an earlier… VIEW LISTING Mountain Creek Riding StableMountain Creek Riding Stable is a beginner-friendly, no-experience-required horseback riding stable just… VIEW LISTING Deer Path Riding StableUpdated: Deer Path Riding Stable has temporarily moved its horseback riding operations to nearby Daisy Field… VIEW LISTING

Scenic Drive With over 120 varieties of plants, trees and shrubs, the Pocono Mountains is ablaze with brilliant foliage and spectacular views in the fall. Different areas throughout the four-county region have been recognized as a few of the best fall displays in the country. Come see for yourself! Car and Driver Magazine ranked PA Route 6, through Hawley, as one of the “Top Scenic Routes in America.” Alongside Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 507 has been hailed by the Travel Channel as one of the “Best Fall Foliage Road Trips.” CNN has named the Delaware Water Gap one of the best places to view fall foliage.

Explore the Beautiful Poconos Fall Foliage ForecastSee when the trees will reach their peak in the Pocono Mountains' three distinct color zones! VIEW REPORT Leaf Peeping FAQFind the answers to your autumn inquiries on our list of FAQs. FIND ANSWERS

Adventure Park Can’t get enough of the trees? Play amongst them! Get your adrenaline pumping at an adventure park. Try your skills at a treetop ropes course, rock climbing, mountain rides and more! Experience aerial thrills as you ride, slide and glide through the foliage. Test your skills at Blue Mountain Resort – Summit Aerial Park with four levels of difficulty. Try your luck at Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures and Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge with in-air obstacles.

Autumn Adventures Gorilla Grove Treetop AdventuresExperience the beauty of the wooded setting while challenging yourself with physical activities ranging from… VIEW LISTING Adventure Center at Skytop LodgeSoar through Skytop's Treetop Adventure Course! This wooded course is just over 3,000 feet with challenges… VIEW LISTING Blue Mountain Resort- Summit…With four levels of difficulty, the park offers obstacle courses for beginner, intermediate, advanced, and… VIEW LISTING

Paintball Battle it out beneath the trees for bragging rights. Play a round at Skirmish Paintball. The 700-acre facility has over 50 playing fields.  Intensify the fall color; challenge friends and family to a paintball game. Kittatinny Canoes - Paintball has wooded battlefields providing natural cover and extra color.

Game On

Skirmish PaintballAre you looking for adrenaline pumping fun? Do you need a little thrill in your life? Skirmish Paintball is…VIEW LISTING

Kittatinny Canoes - PaintballGame on! Experience the fun and excitement of paintball with this fast-action game to splatter your opponent.… VIEW LISTING


Golfing Get an early start at nearby golf courses. Hit the links this fall and experience the colors firsthand. Hideaway Hills Golf Club and Jack Frost National are both surrounded by tall trees—ideal for an autumn outing. Play a round on a pristine golf course, or buy our Golf-A-Round Card and play more than one! Eight Pocono Mountains courses are included, like historic properties the greats graced like Pocono Manor Golf Course and Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Hit the Links Pocono Manor Golf CourseOver the 100 years that this 18-hole golf course, with holes designed by classic-era giants Donald Ross and… VIEW LISTING The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort -…Rich in the history of golf, Shawnee has been the host of the 1938 PGA Championship, 1967 NCAA Championship… VIEW LISTING Hideaway Hills Golf ClubHideaway Hills features four lakes, spectacular elevation changes and a signature island green. The bent grass… VIEW LISTING Jack Frost National Golf ClubExperience the forgiving fairways and undulating greens at this 7,200-yard golf paradise. Jack Frost National… VIEW LISTING

Zip Line Fly through the foliage. Ride solo or race a friend on a mountain zip line! See the leaves from high in the sky during a zip line ride with Whitewater Rafting Adventures. Their 900-foot zip line is more than eight stories high! Feel your adrenaline pumping as you zip past the trees on North America's longest twin zip-flyers at Camelback Mountain Adventures. Take a gentle ride reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour with the dual Pocono Zip Racer

Take Fall to New Heights Camelback Mountain AdventuresWhether choosing the zip line or the zip-flyer, you'll be safely harnessed as you zip through the trees at up… VIEW LISTING Pocono Zip RacerFly through the air from the launch to the landing at over 35 miles per hour! An exhilarating adventure, zip… VIEW LISTING Whitewater Rafting Adventures -…Fly for over 900 feet at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour! Hook up, step off, and watch the ground beneath… VIEW LISTING

Fishing Go fish! Head out on Lake Wallenpaupack for a guided fishing trip. Ray’s Charter Guide Service runs outings on the Big Lake. Be sure to call ahead for fall hours of operation to schedule your appointment. Visit Big Brown Fish & Pay Lakes and fish two stocked ponds through the end of October. Here a fishing license is not required. If you have your own equipment and would like to fish Pocono waterways, you'll need a state license

Catch Your Dinner

Ray's Charter Guide ServiceWhether you are a beginner fisherman looking for a new adventure or an experienced one seeking a great day of… VIEW LISTING

Big Brown Fish & Pay LakesTwo ponds are stocked with trout (rainbow, brown, brook, and golden) and one pond is stocked with bass… VIEW LISTING


Hiking Another great way to experience the fall foliage is taking a hike. Pocono trails feature spectacular views while being close to the color. Over 260 miles of trails are spread across the region, so blazing a new trail might land you in a beautiful area.  Lacawac Sanctuary offers nine trails from easy to difficult throughout the 550-acre nature preserve. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) features six trails exclusively on property open year-round from dawn until dusk. Nearby PEEC, visit Bushkill Falls to see waterfalls among the four hiking trails. 

Follow the Leaves Pocono Environmental Education…There are no fees to hike the six trails at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). All trails vary… VIEW LISTING Bushkill Falls - HikingAs you hike the trails or walk the grounds of Bushkill Falls, you'll have a first-hand opportunity to see the… VIEW LISTING Lacawac Sanctuary - HikingLacawac Sanctuary is a 550-acre nature and environmental education center located on the shore of Lake… VIEW LISTING

Since the Pocono Mountains covers 2,400 square miles, roughly the size of Delaware, our properties are spread across the entire region. Use our Interactive Map to help plan your fall trip to experience as much as possible while staying with us. 

It's Never Too Early to Plan Fall Interactive Map

Discover activities, resorts and more to experience this fall! VIEW HERE


Want updates on the season? Visit our fall foliage forecast for weekly updates on each of the three zones' peak colors! Discover leaf peeping FAQs, ways and adventures to experience fall fun and ideas for fall day trips! Interested in more adventure in the Pocono Mountains? Check out our activities and find special offers on places to stay!


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MOUNT POCONO HARVEST FESTIVAL 

Featuring plenty of food, crafts, exhibits, children’s activities, live music, and more, the Mount Pocono Harvest Festival is a must! You’ll be surrounded by the autumn spirit as you shop for unique souvenirs, try local foods, and revel in the laid-back culture of the Poconos Mountains.


Eckley Miners' Village, Poconos

Eckley Miner's Village was a bustling center of activity from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s. The central part of the village consists of a museum, two churches, a sports club building, a company store, and several prominent houses. At the visitor's center, guests watch a video that explains the hardships of mining life as well as the history of the village.

The churches and social club give visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the miners who lived in Eckley Village, along with their families. At the store, visitors learn about how company stores operated and why miners avoided them. Before leaving, guests can pick up souvenirs in the Eckley Village gift shop. 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, PA 18255, 570-636-2070


Pocono Half Marathon & Fall Running Spectacular The "Niagara of Pennsylvania",  Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone state's most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest. Promised Land State Park is on the Pocono Plateau.

The park consist primarily of beech, oak, maple, and hemlock trees. Two lakes and several small streams add to the park’s outstanding scenic beauty. Fall is the best time to visit the Poconos. The lush forests will be in full glory with all the vibrant colors of their fall leaves. https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Greentown/PoconoHalfMarathonFallRunningSpectacular


HISTORIC CRYSTAL CAVE

The one hour tour includes a movie in the Crystal Cave Theater, presenting the history of Pennsylvania's First Show Cave and geology of caves. Courteous guides will lead you 125 feet underground while dislaying and explaining all that nature has created.

The cave temperature is a comfortable 54 degrees, however, a light sweater or jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. https://crystalcavepa.com/home/


FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 31

WALDORF ESTATE OF FEAR 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Come face to face with your favorite horror movie villains in this outdoor walking trail. Realistic sets will have you thinking you just stepped inside your favorite horror movies. Will you survive a trip to Summer Camp or wake up from your nightmare? Find out in the newest attraction which will surely have you screaming! This year they have combined two attractions, Infection and Terror in the Corn, to bring you City of Horrors. A walking trail lasting 15-20 minutes (depends on speed of your group). Please wear appropriate footwear since you will be walking on uneven ground. Tickets for all haunts are available online. On-site ticket booth is cash only. Some attractions are weather permitting. This year will look a little different to help protect everyone’s health. Please call or visit website for a list of protocols.

COUNTRY JUNCTION

Lehighton – 6325 Interchange Rd.

(610) 82-HOTEL waldorfestateoffear.com


SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 31

THE LITTLE BIG BAND GROUPTimes vary

Enjoy music by The Little Big Band Group on select weekends this Fall outside the Milford Community House. Led by Bruce Dedrick, the group consists of six musicians: Trumpet, Sax, Trombone, Keyboard, Bass and Drums.

MILFORD COMMUNITY HOUSE

Milford – 201 Broad St.

(570) 296-8700 thelittlebigbandgroup.com


THROUGH NOVEMBER 1

D&L TRAIL CHALLENGEDaily

Anywhere! This is a virtual event to support the D&L Trail and programs. Complete your miles on the D&L Trail, other trails, in your neighborhood, or even on a treadmill or a stationary bike. This new event will challenge runners and walkers to complete at least four cumulative half-marathon (13.1-mile) distances. New this year, D&L also challenges cyclists to complete at least four full-marathon (26.2-mile) distances. Miles can be accrued over several workouts, on the 165-mile D&L Trail or somewhere else, any time between October 1 and November 1. You select where, when, and how, then register your miles easily on RunSignup’s website. Just as with the D&L Half Marathon, 100% of proceeds from the D&L Trail Challenge will support trail building and programming along the wonderful D&L Trail. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year. If you love the D&L Trail and the great outdoor areas of the region, join in this year’s event. Registration closes October 15.

D&L RAILS TO TRAILS

Easton – 2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd.

(610) 923-3548 runsignup.com/Race/PA/Easton/DLTrailChallenge


SELECT DATES thru SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7

TWIN TRAILS RIDE Call for times

Come experience two picturesque rail-trails in one great day; riding 30 miles total on the Nor-Bath and D&L Rail-Trails! This event takes place on select dates in September, October and November.

POCONO BIKING

Jim Thorpe – 7 Hazard Sq.

(570) 325-8430 poconobiking.com

Price: $54.99/person (ages 18 and up)


SATURDAY OCTOBER 10

DANCEFEST MILFORD4:30pm

Join DanceFest Milford as they celebrate two extraordinary evenings of new dance choreographed by Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson and performed by her Hanna Q Dance Company. Both evenings take place in the beauty of nature, under the sky and a canopy of autumnal leaves. This magical property and woods has hosted several VIP performances recently and was chosen for these performances by very popular demand from the attendees. Not only is it beautiful, it allows us to follow current guidelines. Includes wine, dinner and dance performances.

DANCEFEST MILFORD

Dingmans Ferry – 1087 Milford Rd.

(347) 583-6438 johannaljungqvistbrinson@gmail.com

Price: $35/person


SATURDAY OCTOBER 10

OLD JAIL GHOST TOURS6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

On Saturdays October 10, 17 and 24, stroll the dark halls of the original 1871 Old Jail and HEAR haunting tales of true, ghostly happenings while you HUNT for spirits. Enjoy spine-chilling stories that really occurred in the Old Jail. This is not a made-up haunted house; the Old Jail is home to REAL spirits. Tours begin every 20 minutes. Children under 12 are not permitted. No advance tickets. Part of the proceeds from the October 24 tour will benefit the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

OLD JAIL MUSEUM

Jim Thorpe – 128 West Broadway

(570) 325-5259 theoldjailmuseum.com

Price: $15/adults; children under 12 are not permitted


SATURDAY OCTOBER 17

PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESSTime varies by day

Take a trip to the pumpkin patch, where the children get to pick a pumpkin to bring home. This round-trip ride takes approximately two hours. This event will take place on Saturdays and Sundays in October.

THE STOURBRIDGE LINE – HONESDALE STATION

Honesdale – 812 Main St.

(570) 470-2697 thestourbridgeline.net

Price: $20/adults 13 and over; $10/junior ages 3-12; under 2 free (lap seating)


FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 and SATURDAY OCTOBER 24

SPOOKY DAYS ON THE FARMFriday: 5-8pm; Saturday: 1-8pm

Enter Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm after dark, if you dare. Activities take a turn towards the things that go bump in the night on the farm around Halloween that will thrill and chill visitors of all ages. For those unshakable nerves, on Friday and Saturday nights from 5-8pm put your detective skills to the test by helping solve a murder mystery. A guide will help take you around the farm as you meet the suspects, gather clues, confront the Hag of the Woods, explore the creatures of the night, and more! The farm is extremely dark at night and visitors are encouraged to bring flashlights. Not suitable for all audiences. Play games, listen to stories, learn about the creatures of the season, take a horse and wagon ride, and much more! Get into the haunted Halloween spirit with something more unique then just another haunted house. This event takes place rain or shine and is both indoors and outdoors, so please prepare for the weather.

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM

Stroudsburg – 347 Quiet Valley Rd.

(570) 992-6161 quietvalley.org

Price: $10/adults; $5/child (3-12)


Outdoor Getaways

For a lot of people, there's nothing more invigorating or relaxing than hitting the hiking trails and enjoying nature. Pennsylvania is home to some of the finest hiking trails anywhere! The Allegheny National Forest is a wonderful place to find scenic trails and view the fall foliage up close. You can choose the Kinzua Valley Trail, which for a pleasant seven-mile hike with great views of the trees. For the more adventurous (and fit!) there's the North Country National Scenic Trail—an epic 96.3-mile backpacking experience! This trail is well marked with signage and provides a tremendous way to immerse yourself in the colorful forest. If you're looking for something a little less strenuous, you may want to consider driving along the National Longhouse Scenic Byway: a 27-mile loop that traverses the forest and offers excellent overlooks with plenty of foliage. Click here for details about trails and other features of the park.


Taste fall at a winery or cidery

For a more “adult” taste of fall, check out some of the incredible Poconos wineries! RAW Urban Winery and Hard Cidery has a delicious cider that will help you kick off your fall right!


Fall Murder Mystery Weekend

For two weekends in November, The French Manor Inn & Spa becomes the riveting scene of a mysterious case! This year, you could be the key that solves our “Death on The High Seas” … or you could be the murderer! Book today; these spots go quickly!


American Candle

American Candle opened its doors on April 13, 1978. Now a Pocono Mountains staple, the establishment continues to harness true Poconos spirit. Enchanting is the only word that can possibly sum up everything American Candle has to offer. When you walk into the huge establishment, you are immediately met with the aroma of candles, soothing music, and beautiful displays that let you know you are not in your average candle shop. 

Click Here for Location and Hours




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https://vacationidea.com/destinations/best-things-to-do-in-the-poconos-pa.html

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https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Greentown/PoconoHalfMarathonFallRunningSpectacular

http://www.thisweekinthepoconos.net/upcoming-events/








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