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!