8 Exciting Poconos Outdoor Activities You Must Try This Summer


It’s not summer without a bit of adventure. Here’s where to find it.

Mountain adventure on camel back. Photograph courtesy of Camelback Resort

It’s not summer without a bit of adventure. Here’s where to find it.

White water rafting


Take to the water for a rafting adventure out of the dam with Pocono Whitewater – no expertise required (though kids must be over eight). This family-run rafting business has dates throughout the summer and early fall, with trips of up to 12 miles through 17 sets of rapids on the Lehigh River. Jim Thorpe; poconowhitewater.com.



The Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of the Poconos at the same time. Bike rental via Pocono Biking; staff will take you to the White Haven trailhead. From there it’s a 40km downhill trip to Jim Thorpe on the D&L Trail, a former railway line along the Lehigh River. Go at your own pace and admire magnificent boulders, ancient canal locks and waterfalls. Jim Thorpe; poconobiking.com.

String lessons


You don’t have to be a Camelback Resort guest to enjoy Camelback Mountain Adventure. The Superlative Adrenaline Festival is Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor adventure park; its 4,000-foot zipline is the longest in the state and is home to Pennsylvania’s only steel-tracked roller coaster, not to mention a huge rope course in the trees and off-road Segway tours. Tannerville; camelbackresort.com.


Go rafting in Lehigh Gorge State Park. Photograph by Natalie Chitwood

Aerial tours


For those who consider ziplining down a mountain half a bar, get really up there with Moyer Aviation’s private propeller-driven plane tours of Mount Pocono, Delaware Water Gap, Harmony Lake, and other local destinations (available daily, 8 a.m. to sunset). You can also take private flying lessons. Tobyhanna; moyeraviation.com.

Riding (Beginner)


Sometimes the only nature you see up close on a hike is the back of the horse in front of you. The rides at Mountain Creek Riding Stables, on the other hand, literally take you over the river (well, okay, a creek) and through the woods, with the ability to pick up the pace once you’re in. comfortable in the saddle. Younger guests can do a guided loop through the paddock. Cresco; mtcreekstable.com.

Horseback Riding (Advanced)


Anyone can take a pony ride. If you’re more of an adventure enthusiast, look no further than Triple W Riding Stable, which offers tours for more advanced riders as well as overnight horseback camping trips. Honesdale; 570-226-2620.

Water skiing


You’ve slowed down Camelback in the winter, so water skiing should be a snap, right? Experience the thrill of crossing Lake Wallenpaupack on two skis with an experience (and lessons!) From the Boat Shop. Tafton; paboatshop.com.

Ax throwing


Yes, we have ax throwing in Philly. But what makes Pocono Ax Works special is its rural setting, inside an outdoor barn. (If you’re visiting out of season, don’t worry, there’s an indoor location just down the hill.) Prices start at $ 30 per person. Lakeville; poconoaxethrowing.com.

Posted as “Get Your Adrenaline Pumping” in the “We’re Going to the Poconos!” guide in the June 2021 issue of Philadelphia cream magazine.


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