Late Autumn in NEPA is All About Three Things
Hikes, Comfy Clothes and Crockpots
So, you’ve got the heat turned on. You’re comfy and warm. The weekends now welcome a little laziness. You can totally spend all day on the couch. After all, it is getting a little cold out there.
Nonsense. Get up early. Pull out that recipe box and throw some spicy chili or Mom’s chicken noodle soup in the crockpot. Set it to low and get moving.
Gear up. Put on some warm clothes (long underwear recommended). Dig out your thickest, warmest socks. Lace up your boots and grab that knitted hat.
The air is cool, crisp and refreshing. Many have given up and decided to stay inside today, but not you. You’re going for a bike ride. You are going to take some incredible pics of waterfalls. Grab your pup and take a leisurely stroll along the lake. Bring the kids, and hit the slides and swings along your hike. Pack a thermos and a sandwich and enjoy a cool weather picnic.
And don’t forget. When you get home — with your runny nose and frozen fingertips — there’s a big warm pot of love waiting in the kitchen.
You can explore a new NEPA park every weekend.
Whether you choose to take a long walk beside the peaceful Susquehanna River, or venture off into the hills for a stroll around a pristine mountain lake, our Local, State and National Parks are open for business. And we’ve gathered a list of some of the best.
Scenic Fall Hikes in NEPA
This South Abington Twp. Park boasts 100 peaceful acres. Explore walking trails, lighted pavilions, picnic tables and a beautiful, tree-lined lake.
Bear Creek Preserve
Take your pick of over 31 pristine trails at this popular preserve just 15 miles outside Wilkes-Barre. Choose from quick, mile-long strolls or longer, more challenging hikes.
Trek along this tranquil mountain park’s clear, 35-acre lake in Greenfield Twp. The park also offers sports fields, basketball courts, pavilions and picnic tables.
Play a round of disc golf, or enjoy a long, quiet walk on the paved levee trail at this convenient Kingston park. Stroll along the Susquehanna River and keep your eye out for the abundant wildlife.
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
This 183-acre county park in Pine Grove offers miles of scenic hiking trails, lake access and an 18-hole disc golf course. The park also boasts a playground and picnic area.
Locust Lake State Park
Take a long walk in the woods at this recreational gem in Barnesville. The park features several trails of varying length and difficulty, and includes a paved bike trail that encircles the lake.
Nescopeck State Park
This popular state park in Drums offers easy, level hiking trails. Walk along the cool, clear Nescopeck creek, or enjoy a long hike around the beautiful Lake Francis.
Promised Land State Park
Take your time exploring 50 miles of hiking trails at this massive state park in Greentown. Keep your eye on the sky and see if you can spot the park’s famous pair of bald eagles.
Ricketts Glen State Park
Bring your camera for some incredible waterfall photos at this popular park in Benton. An assortment of trails offers a wide variety of terrain and scenery from a lake and waterfalls to thick forests.
Salt Springs State Park
Experience the peaceful beauty of NEPA’s Endless Mountains at this state park in Montrose. Over 12 miles of trails pass through Hemlock forests, along mountain streams, and open meadows.
Tobyhanna State Park
See the Pocono Mountains come alive in the fall at this picturesque park in Tobyhanna. Over 10 miles of trails vary from easy to difficult. Enjoy varied scenery from lakes, forests, and even swamps.