7 Outdoor Activities in the Poconos That Aren’t Skiing
For a fresh outdoor activities involving ice and snow, take your pick.
There’s more to the Poconos than just skiing. For a fresh activity involving ice and snow, take your pick.
Want an adrenaline-pumping adventure your kids won’t forget? Historic, recently renovated Skytop Lodge (one of our favorite places to stay in the entire region) has a Treetop Adventure course open year-round. Zip line between trees, scale bridges and try your luck on tight ropes.
The 5,700-acre Lake Wallenpaupack near Hawley is the place to fish for bass and trout beneath the ice. Just make sure to get a fishing permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission beforehand.
There’s nothing more exhilarating than whipping through the pines of Pennsylvania’s state forests on the back of a snowmobile. Pocono Snowmobile Rentals has been around since 1968, and Pocono Palace Resort offers free snowmobiles to guests as part of its all-inclusive package. You just need a valid driver’s license.
This can be dangerous, but for daredevils willing to take the risk, climbing frozen waterfalls can be a beautiful adventure. The Narrows in Kintnersville is known to have some of the best ice climbing around. (Just beware of loose rock.)
At White Haven’s Hickory Run State Park, you can skate on natural lake ice; Skytop Lodge transforms its pavilion into a covered rink every winter that offers skate rentals and is open to the public.
Published as “Because outdoor activities don’t stop at skiing” in the December 2022 issue of Philadelphia magazine.