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The Pocono Mountains has 2,400 square miles of mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and woodlands throughout Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties. This area is divided into five regions: Mountain Region, Lake Region, Delaware River Region, Upper Delaware River Region and Lehigh River Gorge Region. Some of the most stunning vistas and hikes are located just a short drive from downtown Stroudsburg. It is hard to believe some of these place exist so close to where I live.
There are so many places that we drive by everyday and do not realize what is hiding in the woods just off the road. Have you ever made the drive up 209 to Milford, PA? If you have, did you know you passed by the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania? You also drove past the “set” of old western films.
Highest point: Mt. Ararat, Preston, in Wayne County. Elevation: 2,654 feet.
Lowest point: Bushkill, Pa., in Pike County. Elevation: 340 feet.
Total lakes: 150.
Total river miles: 170 (includes Delaware, Lehigh and Lackawaxen rivers).
Total State Parks: Nine State Parks covering a total of 35,537 acres. The parks are Beltzville, Big Pocono, Gouldsboro, Hickory Run, Lehigh Gorge, Promised Land, Prompton State Park, Tobyhanna and Varden Conservation Area.
Two National Parks: The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area covers 40 miles of the Delaware River from north of Milford, PA to south of Delaware Water Gap, PA. Total acres are 70,000. The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River stretches 73.4 miles along the Pennsylvania and New York border. It includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and eddies.
State Forest: 81,958 acres of State Forest Land.
Hiking trails: 126 total trails equaling 261 miles of trails.