How to Find Fall Foliage in the Poconos

We are on a mission. I’m talking following forecasts, checking feeds, stalking websites, and scouring the land to find fall foliage in the Pocono Mountains.

“Turn, turn! < as the car screeches > I think I see some color down there!”

Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area

Did I mention fall is our favorite season? We cannot get enough of it: cider, doughnuts, colorful leaves, pumpkins, crisp air, sweatshirts and fires. I’m so glad we both share a love for autumn and the colors it ushers in.
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area

This year, we headed to the Pocono Mountains in search of fall color. The region is home to 127 varieties of trees, shrubs and plants, and covers a wide area with zones in the north, central and south sections of Pennsylvania. The odds were in our favor that we’d see some color on this trip. So how did we research where to find said color? Our tips are versatile and can help you find what you’re looking for on any getaway!

Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls

1. Start with the Visitors Bureau Website

Always start with the Visitors Bureau in any area. During the fall season, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau website, publishes a fall foliage forecast every Thursday through the end of October. It is broken up by area and reports on the types of trees that are changing and what color they produce, what percentage toward peak, specific locations to see good color for that area and a projected date for peak season.

Childs Park
Childs Park

The Bureau also has live webcams set up all over the Poconos. If you are searching for more ideas of where to go or want to see specifically what colors are on display, take a look at the live feed.

Tip: It’s live so don’t do your research at night!

Raymondskills FallsFall Foliage Pocono Mountains
Raymondskills Falls

2. Search Instagram – #PoconoMtns

I will let you in on a little secret of mine. I use Instagram for researching things to see and do when we visit new places. I usually find off the beaten path places, new ones that are gaining momentum or long-time staples that are worthwhile. It’s nice to get a local’s perspective on where to go and what to experience. A simple search of the location, #poconos, led me to other popular hashtags for the area like #poconomtns, #poconomountains, #pastateparks, and #fallinpa. While searching through the photos, I found a few places to visit that I did not have on our original itinerary.

To follow our adventures in the moment and see jaw-dropping photos, follow us on Instagram here!

Childs Park
Childs Park

3. Check Facebook

Once you have a few places in mind, don’t forget to check Facebook. Most businesses and/or places share pictures, events, festivals and other local places to visit.

Tip: You can use hashtags to search Facebook too, but it usually spits out tons of unrelated posts. In the search box type in two hashtags so it brings up more relevant information like #poconomtns and #fallfoliage.

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4. Drive and Drive Some More

You won’t find information on every pretty road or picturesque view online. So, get outside and start exploring.

Fall Foliage Pocono Mountains

Even though we were a little early for peak, we managed to find some color on our quest. Take a Poconos fall foliage tour with us below!

Promised Land State Park
Promised Land State Park
Childs Park
Childs Park
Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls
Tobyhanna State Park
Tobyhanna State Park
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Delaware River in the Delaware Water Gap



Scenic Road in Pocono Mountains
US Route 6
Promised Land State Park
Promised Land State Park
Promised Land State Park
Conservation Island in Promised Land State Park
Childs Park
Childs Park
Tobyhanna State Park
Tobyhanna State Park
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Lehigh River near Jim Thorpe
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Glen Onoko Falls
Glen Onoko Falls near Jim Thorpe



Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Promised Land State Park
Promised Land State Park
Childs Park
Childs Park
Promised Land State Park
Promised Land State Park
Dingmans Falls
Dingmans Falls
Promised Land State Park
Promised Land State Park
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail near Jim Thorpe
Childs Park
Childs Park
Tobyhanna State Park
Tobyhanna State Park – Lake Trail

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14 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    You guys sure know how to “chase your dreams”…or should I say “chase the leaves”! What a great bunch of fall color photos from your recent trip!

  2. Beautiful! I’ve never been to the Poconos during fall and we only live four hours away. Think we need to change that. Gorgeous photos!

  3. Looks like a lovely little trip! Your tips are exactly the same strategy I use (and in the same order), when looking up a new place. I often at TripAdvisor into the mix, but since you were interested in what the color was like RIGHT NOW, that probably wouldn’t have been useful.

    • Thanks Trevor! We use TripAdvisor and Foursquare as well, but like you said we were looking for the current conditions. Sometimes people put up to date photos, but not so much with nature type things. Restaurants, yes.

  4. The Poconos are pretty at any time of year, but especially during the autumn season. Your beautiful photos make me feel homesick for Pennsylvania.

  5. Oh how I loved your fall foliage tour. We were scheduled to visit some of the same places in mid October. Unfortunately Hurricane Matthew interrupted our plans – maybe next year! Thanks for the hints.

  6. I love your photos. The colors are gorgeous. Looks like a great trip!

  7. I need to make an effort to schedule a fall trip out east, as this looks beautiful! The fall colors look stunning!

    • We’ve been saying the same thing for a few years now! We were happy we got as far as Pennsylvania. The colors are amazing and the are was fun to explore.

  8. Autumn is my favorite season of travel to national parks, especially because of the myriads of colors I get to see and the great photography opportunities it provides for the shutterbugs. I loved every picture in this post. Thanks for sharing such a visual treat.

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