The Natural Beauty of the Pocono Mountains
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Shared by: Laurie A. Guzda, Woodloch Staff
It’s amazing how most people still associate the Poconos with heart-shaped tubs. And all because of a commercial for Mt Airy lodge that ran over 30 years ago for less than 5 years! I’ve been visiting the Poconos for over 40 years to the Milford, Shohola area and never even knew it was part of the Poconos. The Pocono Mountains cover four counties: Pike, Wayne, Monroe and Carbon. Pike and Wayne counties make up the northeast corner, which is distinctly different.
Pike County is considered the birthplace of the American Conservation movement thanks to Gifford Pinchot who was the first Chief of the United States Forest Service and created a forestry program with Yale University. Pike County is 1/3 Game lands, 1/3 wetlands and 1/3 of land that is available for development. So even at it’s capacity, which is far from the current use, it will never be more the 1/3 developed. That is what creates it’s pristine beauty with air so rich you can drink it from a cup.
The lake region in both Pike and Wayne counties are mostly natural spring-fed lakes and some of the most southern glacial lakes in the world. The crowned jewel of the lake region is Lake Wallenpaupack, a man-made lake built by PPL that serves as a four season recreation area. Wallenpaupack means where fast and slow water meet translated from the indigineous Lenni Lenape indians.
The Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers offer great fishing and rafting. The Lackawaxen was named River of the Year 2010. Both rivers are ideal for Eagle viewing.
You won’t find many big-box stores or chain hotels. The area consists mainly of family owned businesses. You’ll find numerous B&B’s, charming Inns and a few resorts, of course Woodloch being one of them. To further make the point, Woodloch is the largest employer in both Pike and Wayne counties.
The Pocono Mountains Lake Region IS pristine nature at it’s finest. Marvel in her beauty all four seasons!