Poconos 2011
About Poconos
With 2,400 square miles encompassing northeast Pennsylvania's Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Travel around countless mountains, ravines and untouched wilderness. Nourish your soul while soaking in the majesty of a mountain vista. Listen to the birds as you float along the river. Famous for its breathtaking views and rushing waterfalls, the Pocono Mountains are a year-round vacation spot. If you enjoy water recreation and boating then you'll love the 150 lakes in the Pocono Mountains.
The adventurous can take to the rivers and ride the waves while whitewater rafting or kayaking. Families will have fun in the beautiful outdoors at a waterpark, beach or whitewater rafting, canoeing, or kayaking in the Poconos. Whatever your pleasure, indulge in a memorable day of sun and fun on Pocono lakes, streams and rivers. The Pocono Mountains is home to an appealing variety of historic buildings, museums and interesting sightseeing opportunities.
Origin of "Pocono" - is a Native American word meaning, “stream between two mountains.” The Delaware Water Gap is the true namesake, for the area where Delaware River cut a gap between two mountains and formed what is now known as the “Gateway to the Pocono Mountains.” Source: http://www.800poconos.com/
Day 1. Promised Land State Park   (1 July 2011 Friday)
6am-11am depart Norfolk MA for Promised Land State Park PA - 460 miles and 4 hours 45 minutes driving time
11am thru 3pm bring lunch for picnic / kayaking at Promised Land State Park
About 3,000 acres in size, Promised Land State Park is on the Pocono Plateau, 1,800 feet above sea leve, and is surrounded by 12,464 acres of Pennsylvania’s Delaware State Forest. Two lakes and several small streams add to the park’s outstanding scenic beauty. The 422-acre Promised Land Lake and the 173-acre Lower Lake have five boat launching areas. Five mooring areas offer a total of 170 mooring spaces rented on a seasonal basis. A boat rental is on Promised Land Lake across from Main Beach and rents rowboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. The park has many picnic tables in a scenic woodland setting. The Picnic Area has parking areas, water, garbage containers, sand volleyball court and restrooms. The Main Beach, boat rental and refreshment stand are all within a short walk.
Park website http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ promisedland.aspx
With the parks 422 acre Promised Lake and 173 acre Lower Lake, this park is known for its fishing and beautiful scenery. The park has over 500 acres of flatwater paddling offering canoers and kayakers hours of paddling opportunity. During the summer months the lakes are bustling with boating and other recreational activities. Source http://www.moshannonfalls.com/
Promised Land State Park is probably one of northeastern Pennsylvania‘s best places to spend the day (or a weekend, or a week!) Our family visits Promised Land State Park several times a year. The kids love to swim in the clean waters of the lake and play on the sandy beach. Lots of shade trees are nearby for those of us who do not worship the sun. Picnic spots are plentiful. There are hiking trails, camping areas, cabins, bike trails, snowmobile trails, and access to equestrian trails…it’s probably the best investment of time anyone can spend. Rent a boat, kayak, canoe, or paddleboat and take a leisurely ride along the shores. Source http://pikewaynepablog.com/
3pm-4pm drive to Tobyhanna PA - 27 miles and 42 minutes
4pm check-in at Hemlock Campground & Cottages
Hemlock Campground & Cottages is a fun family camping facility centrally located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our cozy cottages are nestled among the trees in the cool Poconos. Cottages are comfortable 1 & 2 bedrooms, and can accommodate 2 - 6 persons. All are fully equipped with blankets, pillows, pots, dishes, silverware, toaster, electric stove with oven and refrigerator. Each cottage has a picnic table for your outdoor use and cable TVs for your indoor enjoyment. The campground offers lots of on-site recreational activities including horseshoes, pool table, arcade games, tether ball, as well as a recreation hall to accommodate various functions throughout the season. We also have a separate playground and a basket ball hoop. Located on premises is a camp store where you can purchase firewood, ice, propane, groceries, candy, ice cream, souvenirs, camping and RV supplies. The swimming pool is one of the main attractions where campers come to swim, relax and join in fun water activities.
At 362 Hemlock Drive, Tobyhanna PA 18466 phone (570) 894-4388 Website: http://www.hemlockcampground.com/index.htm

Day 2. Hickory Run State Park   (2 July 2011 Satruday)
9:30am-10am drive to Hickory Run State Park - 29 miles 24 minutes
10am-2:30pm Hickory Run State Park (including Boulder Field and Hawk Falls)
The 15,990-acre Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This large park has over 40 miles of hiking trails, three natural areas and miles of trout streams. Hickory Run State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Parks as one of "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks". The most notable feature of Hickory Run State Park is the huge boulder field located in the northeast corner of the park. Park website http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/
  • Stop at Hickory Run look-out at Route 534 in Tannery PA
  • Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strewn area, is a unique geological landscape and is National Natural Landmark. The boulder field can be reached by car on Boulder Field Road or by hiking the 3.5-mile (5.6 km) long Boulder Field Trail from the trailhead on SR 534. The field comprises about 720,000 square feet (67,000 m2) in area (1,800 feet (550 m) east-west by 400 feet (120 m) north-south). The top of the boulder layer is virtually level with the approaching path. The immense weight of the boulders has compressed the underlying soil 12 feet (3.7 m) or more. The boulder field was created about 20,000 years ago during the most recent glacial period. The boulders consist of the sandstone and conglomerates identical to those capping the ridges that surround the field on three sides (the Mississippian Pocono Formation). Large amounts of melting waters from the glaciers apparently carried the boulders down from the ridges and into the valley where they now reside. The Boulder Field is truly a stunning sight, seemingly appearing out of nowhere in the park's dense woodland. Many visitors cannot resist hopping from boulder to boulder across the field. Source http://en.wikipedia.org/
    Boulder field is a magnificent site; it's literally a field of large and small boulders that you can hike across. The field itself is 720,000 square feet. The melting glaciers carried the boulders down from the ridges and into the valley where this National Landmark now resides. Young and old alike enjoy this spot, and though it's connected to Hickory Run's Boulder Field Trail, just the field is a hike in itself as people navigate their way across from boulder to boulder.
    The rocks range in size from under 18 inches to more than 25 feet in length, with the largest rocks on the eastern end and the smallest rocks at the western end of the field. The Hickory Run Boulder Field isn't the only boulder field in the region. There are many including the River of Rocks near Hawk Mountain. What makes the Hickory Run Boulder Field unique is its size and flatness. That's why geologists from all over the world come to visit the site. Source http://www.poconorecord.com/
  • hike to Hawk Falls - 3/4 of a mile off Route 534. Most people come to visit Hickory Run State Park to see Hawk Falls, a terrific waterfall surrounded by mountain laurel and rhododendron.
  • 2:30pm - 3pm drive to Jim Thorpe PA - 15 miles 22 minutes
    3pm thru 7pm Lehigh Gorge Park at Glen Onoko in Jim Thorpe PA
  • A deep, steep-walled gorge, thick vegetation, rock outcroppings and many waterfalls characterize Lehigh Gorge State Park. The park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park. Whitewater boating and biking are popular activities.
  • Jim Thorpe is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA. The town has been called the "Switzerland of America" due to the picturesque scenery, mountainous location, and architecture; as well as the "Gateway to the Poconos." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thorpe,_Pennsylvania
  • In the heart of the Lehigh River Gorge Region lies picturesque Jim Thorpe (formerly known as Mauch Chunk), which offers historic sites, museums, unique shopping boutiques, antiquing, dining and more. The Lehigh River Gorge Region is the perfect destination for the avid historian or recreation seeker and is known best for its history, fabulous views and recreational activities.
    A town of about 5000 people that sits at the base of the Pocono Mountains and right next to the Lehigh River in east-central Pennsylvania. Jim Thorpe is an amazing town that features beautiful views everywhere you look – both natural views and man-made. The setting is just astounding: three mountains are bisected by a river and a stream, with the town nestled in and around them all, so every view has a mountain backdrop. The downtown itself features amazing architecture of the Victorian era that you would not expect in a remote mountain village. The town also benefits from its location because of the many outdoor adventures that can be found in the surrounding mountains, river and lakes. There is hiking, biking and easy walking on trails that range from flat and wide to narrow and steep. On the river and lakes there are kayaking, rafting and boating – again something for every ability level. Adventurers have been coming to Jim Thorpe for decades, and tourists have been coming to this area for almost 150 years. Historically, Jim Thorpe has played an important part in the progress of our nation, which is also quite astonishing for such a small mountain village. Source http://www.thejtx.com/ Training_Rides.html
  • Glen Onoko in Jim Thorpe is the southern access area of Lehigh Gorge Park
  • 7pm to 8pm drive back to Tobyhanna PA 38 miles 50 minutes

    Day 3. Kayaking the Delaware   (3 July 2011 Sunday)
    9am to 10am drive to Bushkill and Smithfield Beach PA - 29 miles 44 minutes
    About the Delaware River and Water Gap
    For 40 miles the Middle Delaware River passes between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. Then the river cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river will run 200 miles more to Delaware Bay at Wilmington, Delaware, and then to the Atlantic Ocean. Park website http://www.nps.gov/dewa/index.htm
    The Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap offer scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls and wilderness as paddlers often spot egrets, eagles, hawks, deer and other animal life along the shoreline. From the eastern access to the Pocono Mountains area is the Delaware Water Gap, where canoeing is a popular recreational sport in the 69,000 acre Delaware Gap National Recreation Area. It is here where paddlers can maneuver through a mile-wide chasm between Mount Minsi and Mount Tammany. Source http://traveltips.usatoday.com/
  • Park headquarters at River Road, Bushkill PA one mile east of the traffic light on Route 209 at Fernwood resort. Open 8am to 4:30pm. Visitor information, park maps and brochures parking and restrooms. Outside is a beaver pond with good birding and two observation platforms. Entrance $10/car/day
  • position kayak and equipment at Bushkill launch; position pick-up car at Smithfield Beach access
  • 10am to 10:15am drive Shawnee on Delaware, PA - 5 miles 10 minutes
    10:15am to 11am check in at Chamberlain Canoes
    Experience the majestic Delaware River in Pennsylvania with Chamberlain Canoes in a raft, canoe, kayak or tube. From the water you will see the natural beauty of the area, smell the fresh air rich with the aroma of flowers and plants, see the birds and animals, and take a break from your rapid-fire lifestyle. Chamberlain Canoes is a family operated full service recreational livery that prides itself in its friendly staff, superior customer service, and specific attention to details.
    Rental rates: canoe $39/person, kayak $42. Ages 6 to 12 years as 3rd in canoe ride free All rentals include free parking, transportation, life jackets, paddles, maps, and safety orientation. River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356 Phone (800) 422-6631 Website: http://www.chamberlaincanoes.com/default.htm
  • Is there enough water in the Delaware river for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing? Even during drought periods ? Yes. Water flow in the Delaware river is controlled by the Delaware River Master, an office of the USGS. The River Master monitors the river flow at Tocks Island and in Milford Pa., to maintain a minimum flow rate of 1750 cubic feet per second (cfs). From this gauge and information from it's tributaries gauges, the River Master can release water from several reservoirs upstream from Milford.
  • Why maintain the river flow? To protect the fish and other aquatic life. It's the environmentally correct thing to do. During the drought emergency of 1999, reservoirs provided 90 % of the river flow on various days. We Paddled on all of those days with no portages. There are shallow spots, but if you follow our river map and stay in the stream channels you should have a great day on the river.
  • 11am to 5pm Kayak the Delaware Water Gap from Bushkill to Smithfield Beach 10 miles
    Walpack Bend is located just downriver from Bushkill, PA. The course of the river here is deflected by high, rocky ridges so that it completely reverses direction twice in the space of a mile or so. Nowhere else in its entire length does the Delaware make such a spectacular reversal. The river here is squeezed by ridges and mountains on both sides, creating a faster water flow and some very respectacle rapids. As you push off, the river seems straight and wide but even from here, looking downstream, you can see a mountain apparently blocking the way. The left bank of the river is a ridge of rock. As you proceed, you're sure the river must disappear down a giant drain; it seems to go as straight as an arrow into the mountain in front.
    Suddenly, the rock wall which was the left bank of the river, disappears and the river rushes through this breech, turning eastward and then northeastward, completely reversing directions. It is just at this breech that the Bushkill River enters on the right. The rock ledge that was originally the left bank now appears on the right, only much higher. Near water level it is a shear wall but as it rises, it slopes slightly and is covered with hemlocks and a few hardwoods. The main channel of the river hugs the right bank in the shade of this imposing cliff wall and the water is deep and dark. Occasionally, huge sharp, angled boulders broken off ages ago from the cliffside, appear suddenly in the dark depths of the water, some reaching up within inches of the surface.
    As you speed around Walpack Bend, the river widens somewhat and becomes less deep. The huge boulders are exposed all across the river creating rapids, the ominus roar of which gives fair warning. Again, the river is racing toward a drain, it would seem, for blocking its passage is the Kittatinny Range, highest in New Jersey. Again, at the last minute the river turns, this time to the south, seaward. At this bend another mountain stream enters, the Flat Brook, from the New Jersey side. Now the river assumes its rightful direction, the high forested Kittatinny Mountains on the left bank. The Walpack Bend experience is almost complete but wait. Again, you're greeted with an angry growl, the roar that portends white water. Indeed, in the distance it can be seen-white, frothy water leaping up.
    As you near the rapids, actually a series of three, you can see the "V" pointing downriver, indication of your route. The "V" pointing upriver indicates submerged boulders; there are many of these. The canoeist in the bow will earn his keep. Kneel in the canoe to give you more stability. If you haven't done so already, don your life jacket. And good luck. When you've passed through the third rapids you've completed the most exciting stretch of white water in the New Jersey section of the river north of Foul Rift at Belvidere. And more significantly, you've experienced a canoe trip of exhilerating beauty and solitude. You've passed through a true river wilderness--Walpack Bend. Source http://www.njskylands.com/odcanoedel.htm
    5pm-6pm drive back to Tobyhanna PA - 22 miles 35 minutes

    Day 4. Antique Shopping   (4 July 2011 Monday)
    9am to 9:30am hotel check-out / drive to Tannersville PA - 8 miles 14 minutes
    9:30am to 2pm Antique Shopping in Poconos
    Scattered throughout the Poconos are clusters of antique shops that have made the area a well known hunting-ground for collectors in the know. Numerous period items come from local sources, as well as a number of stores that specialize in certain items. The Poconos is making a name for itself in the antiquing world. With close proximity to the major metropolitian areas of New York and Philadelphia - and the collectors living there, the Poconos has been steadily become a source for people - particularly on weekend trips - looking for the rare and unusual collectable. Fine glassworks, artworks, household items, vintage autos, fine furniture - virtually any item you can think of can be found here. Source http://www.poconovacations.com/
  • Pocono Peddler's Village Antique Mall - On Route 611 & Staddon Rd, Tannersville PA. Peddlers village is the epitome of old town bizarre shopping with a wonderful blend of contemporary merchandise. Poconos Peddler’s Village is a giant antique mall comprised of three barn buildings that house over 90 vendors. With its vast selection of antiques and collectibles, it is next to impossible to leave without buying something. Furniture, jewelry, books, house wares—you name it, you’ll find it. Friendly vendors and fair prices make the mall a great place to shop. Source http://www.examiner.com/
  • drive to Stroudsburg PA - 8 miles 14 minutes
  • Olde Engine Works Antique Mall - has over 125 vendors offering a variety of styles and collectibles. Individual antique shops, large antique malls, everything you could want for the antique collectors – Pocono antique shopping is a great way to spend a vacation. At 62 N. 3rd Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Website http://www.oldeengineworks.com/
  • 2pm to 7pm drive back home to Norfolk MA - 262 miles 4 hours 40 minutes
    7pm Home Sweet Home

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