If you are in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York area, you most likely have at least heard about the Poconos. The Poconos are a gorgeous rural area that are a very popular place to retreat into a more woodsy type atmosphere. There are a lot of lakes, mountain areas, and amazing hiking spots that make this part of the state very special. One of our favorite places to visit was Lake Wallenpaupack.
Even before we left on the trip to the Poconos, I really loved the name Wallenpaupack. In Pennsylvania, the Lenape tribe named the area “Wallenpaupack” which translates to “The Stream of Swift and Slow Water.” Lake Wallenpaupack is one of the largest lakes in our state. An interesting fact that I learnt while staying in the Poconos, is that this particular body of water is man made, and is also a reservoir. It spans over 52 miles and is about 13 miles long to give you a perspective on the size of it. There are a lot of trails to explore which is amazing if you are a hiking enthusiast, and you can be sure that you can really connect with nature!
We live in the Philadelphia area, so it took us about a couple hours to get there. I am usually the one to take a while packing up items, so when we did arrive, it was a couple hours before sunset. (We usually pack the night before, but sometimes the day of I will do a snack run. If you can, I think it is always a good idea to bring granola and water with you, especially for hiking trips.)
We hiked on a path that went around the lake which did go off into woodsy areas, but it was fairly easy to navigate. I was really amazed at the quantity of boats. There seemed to be docking stations every mile or so on the trail. We also noticed that there was a more sandy type area for visitors to enjoy. At the time we went, there was a really cute duck family enjoying this lake point!
As we retraced our steps, we were lucky enough to see the sunset. Even the boats stopped to take in a glimpse. Perhaps it was just us, but we thought the sun looked really big that evening. It is important to us to connect with nature, the Earth, and the Poconos really gave us that opportunity.
I highly recommend a visit to Lake Wallenpaupack if you are in upstate Pennsylvania. I think this location is really awesome for travelers of all ages, and there seemed to be a range of a lot of activities to choose from which is really nice. Let me know in the comments if you have also visited Lake Wallenpaupack. Make sure you click that subscribe button, and have a wonderful day!
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If you are traveling to the Pennsylvania region, and are interested in learning about its history, a really amazing resource is the book “Pennsylvania A History of the Commonwealth” by which is edited by Randall M. Miller and William Pencak. It is so informative, and reviews the history of our state, in addition to the geography, architecture, archaeology, art history, and even stories of folklore and folklife that are specific to this area.
I personally recommend this book if you are planning a trip to Pennsylvania, or even if you are just interested in learning about the state in general. If you would like to check it out, click on the link below!
Another great resource that I think will be a great addition to your travels is “Hiking Waterfalls In Pennsylvania.” It specifically maps out where you can find waterfalls in each area and region of the state. For each waterfall, this book provides maps and directions, trail surface and difficulty, the distance it takes to get to the waterfall, canine compatibility, hiking time, the waterfall height and so much more. I like that there are full-color photos as well of the waterfalls that are provided next to the trail information. This spectacular book provides so much information on Pennsylvania’s gorgeous waterfalls, and shows you where you can find them when you are hiking in our state.
If you are interested in learning more about this book, make sure that you click on the link below!
If you would like to check out the full list of travel books that I recommend make sure that you check out this comprehensive guide!