Aerial view of Milford, Pennsylvania, and the Delaware River from a scenic overlook on a sunny fall day.

6 Most Charming Towns in the Poconos

The Poconos also called the Poconos Mountains is the scenic and vibrant region in Northeastern Pennsylvania on the Allegheny Plateau that is geologically, geographically, and culturally significant. Located a short distance away from popular destinations such as New York and Philadelphia, it is perfect for an adventurous vacation. People visiting during autumn can experience the spectacular fall foliage and the thick forested mountain peaks. For those attending during the winter, there are great activities like skiing, making it a popular destination for vacationing all year round. The hospitable communities add to the magical experience of visiting the most charming towns in the Poconos.


The Blakeslee Flea Market in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
The Blakeslee Flea Market in Blakeslee. Image credit Editorofthewiki via Wikimedia Commons

This Monroe County town, surrounded by picturesque landscapes, is in a prime location in the beautiful Poconos Mountains. Apart from its charming bridges, the town is also famous for being in close proximity to many unique recreational activities with lots of exciting tourist attractions. The natural landscape includes forests, lakes, rivers, and wildlife. Popular activities include airplane tours, stock car racing, skiing, hiking, waterparks, and mountain biking.

The town is home to the Pocono Raceway for racing fans and hosts two NASCAR races each year. Another top attraction is the nearby Camelback Mountain Resort, a popular resort offering a variety of activities from skiing, to hiking, and ziplining. Other tourist attractions around the town include Big Boulder Ski Resort which offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing during the winter, and biking, hiking, and fishing during the summer. The Hickory Run State Park is an excellent place for hiking, swimming, and picnicking. The park has a unique geological formation of large boulders called the Boulder Field. Lake Harmony is also a top attraction for boating, fishing, and swimming. Being surrounded by many restaurants and bars, the lake area is an excellent spot for a day out with friends and family.

Delaware Water Gap

View of Delaware Water Gap, a small Appalachian Trail town near the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, United States.
Castle Inn, Delaware Water Gap. Image credit EQRoy via Shutterstock

The village of Delaware Water Gap is a treasure trove of nature’s wonders in Monroe County located at the southern end of the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area. The town sits along the Delaware River, which forms the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The river serves as a vital waterway for its people, and a wonderful spot to visit. Due to the town’s location near the Delaware River which passes through the Appalachian Mountains, both the town and the park have the same name. Lying about a hundred miles from both New York City and Philadelphia, it is a popular day trip destination for visitors from both cities.

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a 70,000-acre park and natural landmark that spans both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is also called "The Gap." With some great natural scenery, hiking trails, waterfalls, and historic landmarks, its picturesque location in the Poconos Mountains adds to its natural splendor. The significant historical landmarks and excellent outdoor recreational activities all add to the town’s charm. Being the gateway to the Pocono region here you will find some exciting opportunities for visiting national parks and museums, winter sports, and other events in the Poconos. Other top tourist places to visit nearby are Bushkill Falls a series of eight waterfalls, and the Pocono Indian Museum, featuring exhibits on the history and culture of the Delaware Indians.


French chateau-style home of the Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford
Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford. Image credit Alizada Studios via Shutterstock

The beautiful small town of Milford is part of Pike County situated along the Delaware River, celebrated for its picturesque streets, historic architecture, and natural beauty. Founded as a city in 1796, it has since been a popular destination for artists and tourists. This quaint town is special because of its rich history and its contribution to the cultural heritage of the Pocono Mountains. The town’s historic buildings include the Grey Towers National Historic Site, the Pike County Historical Society Museum, and the Columns Museum. Along with providing visitors with a glimpse into their past, they also provide insight into the unique history of the region.

The vibrant community of artists as well as visitors can attend art shows, workshops, and other events throughout the year. Tourists enjoy exploring the town's galleries and art studios, which showcase the works of local and regional artists. The little town also has parks and closeby hiking trails where activities like hiking, biking, and fishing, as well as scenic drives along the Delaware River, are popular. Some great places to enjoy while in the area are Raymondskill Falls, Milford Beach & the McDade Recreational Trail, Golden Fish Gallery, Kittatinny River Trips & Ziplines, Action Bikes & Outdoor, and The Artery Fine Art and Fine Craft Gallery. Milford’s events and festivals that locals and tourists enjoy are the Black Bear Film Festival held in October, and Milford Music Festival held in June.


The Palmerton Park Gazebo surrounded by green grass and trees
The Palmerton Park Gazebo.

The pretty little town of Palmerton with an industrial past is set in the western part of the Pocono Mountains in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, and is part of Lehigh Valley. Its location at the base of Blue Mountain and its closeness to the Lehigh River make it a popular destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. Founded in the early 1900s as a company town for the New Jersey Zinc Company, the town grew to become a popular tourist destination due to its scenic location and outdoor attractions.

Palmerton's significance lies in its history and its location as a gateway to the Pocono Mountains. The nearby state parks and forests allow visitors to explore and enjoy activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking. The most popular attraction is the Palmerton Area Heritage Society Museum, which offers exhibits on the history of the town and the zinc industry. Tourists enjoy its top attractions such as Aquashicola Creek, Lehigh Gap, Lehigh Valley Zoo, the Stoney Ridge, and the famous Appalachian Trail.


View of the Aquatopia indoor waterpark at the Camelback Mountain Resort, a large ski resort in the Poconos mountains in Pennsylvania, United States.
Aquatopia indoor waterpark at the Camelback Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania. Image credit EQRoy via Shutterstock

Tannersville is a serene village in Pocono Township located in the Pocono Mountains to the northwest of Stroudsburg in Monroe County. Since the town sits at the base of Camelback Mountain, it is famous for its outdoor activities and special shopping places like the Crossings Premium Outlets. Visitors to this village must also tour the local businesses to learn more.

This little town is special because of its scenic location near the Pocono Mountains as well as its unique eateries and restaurants with diverse American, Italian, and Asian cuisines, and the abundance of outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, water parks, and amusement parks in the area. There are also local craft beers and wines to taste at several breweries and wineries in the area. The top tourist destinations in Tannersville are Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark and Camelback Resort, Big Pocono State Park, Pocono Premium Outlets, Smuggler's Cove Restaurant, and Barley Creek Brewing Company.


Spring Sunset on a Pennsylvania Lake at Tobyhanna State Park
Lake at Tobyhanna State Park.

The small town of Tobyhanna in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, sits in a valley surrounded by rolling hills. Famed for its picturesque natural beauty, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors such as hiking, fishing, and camping. The town has amazing historical sites, state parks and forests, and interesting restaurants and cafes.

A popular place to visit while in the town is Tobyhanna State Park for outdoor activities. While exploring the town, pick any of the restaurants and cafes that specialize in American, Italian, and Mexican cuisines, also, enjoy local craft beer at several breweries in the area. During the winter, visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the nearby Pocono Mountains.

With the Poconos Mountains forming the heart of these towns, any small town in the Poconos offers visitors the chance to explore the region's rich history and natural beauty, and also experience the bliss of small-town life. From historic sites and museums to outdoor activities and local cuisine, there is much to explore and learn. Visiting these most charming towns offers a break from busy city life with a relaxed peaceful experience, perfect for a little escape, weekend getaways, or a nice long holiday.

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