Lovebirds Found it First, But Now Families are Falling for the Poconos

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 08:02
Stroudsburg, PA

The honeymoon isn’t over. In fact, for some new residents, it's only just beginning. The Pocono Mountains have long been known as a honeymoon and couples destination‚ but now more families are being lured by the area's picturesque beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities.

One case in point is Bushkill Falls‚ 14 miles north of Stroudsburg. For fresh-air enthusiasts‚ the scenery couldn’t be more ideal.

“Bushkill has not one‚ not two‚ but eight different waterfalls scattered throughout its picturesque location‚” says Donna Smith‚ general manager. “There are also pathways‚ walkways and a unique trail system set up for hikers.”

Smith says Bushkill Falls is perfect for people who aren’t necessarily into “roughing-it” adventures. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle to their hearts’ content along the Delaware River in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This 40-mile stretch of pristine water features more than 100 primitive overnight campsites along the way.

“Not only is the river beautiful‚ but adventurers might even see bald eagles‚ black bears‚ otters and red-tail hawks‚” says Ruth Jones‚ owner of Kittatinny Canoes‚ which has been renting canoes and kayaks in the Delaware Water Gap since 1941.

In fact‚ Jones is now in her sixth decade of taking frequent canoe trips along the water passageway.

“My family started the river-trip industry here on the Delaware River‚ and we now have seven locations for canoe rentals‚” Jones says. “People are returning to nature once again‚ and there’s no place better to explore what nature has to offer than on the Delaware River in the Poconos.”

For those more land-oriented‚ golfing in the Poconos can be as exciting as a birdie on a long par 3. The Great Bear Golf and Country Club in East Stroudsburg is one especially scenic course‚ carved into a mountain setting.

“Jack Nicklaus is the architect of this course and actually walked through most of its 450 acres to design it from start to finish‚” says general manager Emily Ahnert. “We opened this facility in 1998‚ and it is a par 71 course that measures 7‚025 yards.”