Fall Foliage in the Pocono Mountains – Best Ways to Experience the Season

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Fall Foliage in the Pocono Mountains – Best Ways to Experience the Season

Here at Mountain Creek Riding Stables, we love the fall – it’s the best time to get outside and see the colors! Based on our experience, the best time to get out and see the peak foliage in Pennsylvania depends on the region you are going to. Make sure to consult the Fall Foliage in the Pocono Mountains (here) to make sure you aren’t going when the leaves are already off the trees! Here are our favorite ways to experience this beautiful season.

 Take a Drive

A view of the area near Jim Thorpe in the Fall

Jim Thorpe in the Fall


Grab some snacks, get the perfect playlist ready, and put the key in the ignition! Driving is a great way to take in all that Fall has to offer! We prefer the back roads as you can take your time and pull off to stop for pictures. Not sure where to go? We recommend:

  • Route 940 from Mount Pocono to Blakeslee, then Route 115 to Wilkes-Barre.
  • Route 903 from Fern Ridge to Jim Thorpe and Route 209 with views of the Lehigh Gorge.


The second of these options will lead you to Jim Thorpe, which is an adorable small town that caters to those looking to enjoy the splendor of NEPA (Northeastern Pennsylvania) in October.


All Natural Option: Horseback riding

Poconos horseback riding

Poconos Creek Crossing on Horseback


If you’re looking for the most natural way to connect with nature, horseback riding is for you! A fall horseback ride through the fall foliage is a relaxing way to enjoy the splendor of the Poconos in Autumn. The two best locations are:

Mountain Creek Riding Stable

You can’t get any closer to the heart of the Poconos than our stables! Situated right at the bottom of the mountain outside Mt. Pocono, we offer a 45-minute ride through the mountains. You’ll get to ride across a creek (yes, you ride through it) and up into the woods behind Paradise Stream Resort.

The Ranch at Pocono Manor

Located on the property of the Historic Inn at Pocono Manor, The Ranch offers a 1-hour ride through the forest surrounding the Manor’s golf course. There is a second option for those who are more adventurous which is a 90-Minute ride that goes down to a 5-foot waterfall in the valley.


Go Biking!

A family biking in the fall.

Pocono Biking in Fall


I know, you’re thinking “But I drove into the Poconos, I don’t want to drive around them.” If this describes you, then biking is a great option. A family activity that lets you get your exercise while feeling the crisp fall air on your face. We recommend the trails below as there are no cars on the routes.

  1. Lehigh Gorge Lower Trail. This trailhead starts in Jim Thorpe and is a 10-mile ride through the scenic Lehigh Gorge mentioned above.
  2. D&L Trail: White Haven to Mountain Top. The D&L Trail is a bit more extensive, this 15-mile trail will take you on the former railroad line up to the northern mountains outside of the Poconos.


Didn’t bring your bikes with you? Not a problem! Pocono Biking can cover all your needs and even send a guide out with you to make sure everything goes smoothly. Check them out at


With all those options, come on out and enjoy nature in one of the most spectacular seasons of the year! We look forward to your visit and giving your family memories for a lifetime.

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