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NEPA Outdoor Adventure Guide

Warning: These Adventures May Lead to the Most Awesome Adrenaline Rush Ever

Zip Rider at Montage Mountain Resorts, Moosic


We all have to embrace our inner daredevil once in a while.

The wide open skies, rolling mountains, and mighty rivers just make us want to let loose. Explore every corner of NEPA this summer, from the trails to the treetops.

It’s time to check off some of your bucket list plans. Raft down a roaring river or hop in a kayak. Hit the trail (or go off the beaten path and make your own). Soar above the forests on a zipline or wage an all-out paintball war. The sky’s the limit, so take a skydiving adventure. No matter what you choose, you’ll be glad that you seized the day.

You don’t need to be an expert or have tons of gear to get your fair share of thrills. NEPA offers rental services, tours and attractions that will help you make your wildest dreams a reality.

Live a little this summer. We’ve put together the ultimate guide of outdoor adventures for the entire family.


Ride the Rapids



Churning water and rolling waves are Mother Nature’s own roller coaster.

A whitewater rafting trip will take you on a wild ride down the river. Be prepared to paddle like crazy, get soaked and maybe even break out into a water war with the other rafters.

The Lehigh River is a whitewater destination, especially on dam release weekends when the waters are really roaring. The Delaware River and Lackawaxen River also boast scenic rapids. NEPA’s class I and II rapids are mild enough for beginners to hold their own, while the class III sections will really get your pulse pumping.

NEPA’s whitewater outfitters provide the rafts, paddles and life vests. You just need to bring your sense of adventure.

Pick Up a Paddle


Explore NEPA’s rivers and lakes (and get a killer arm workout while you’re at it).

Try your hand at kayaking or canoeing. Take a trip down the Susquehanna or paddle your way around Lake Wallenpaupack. Turn the excitement up a notch with whitewater kayaking.

Local parks and natural areas offer convenient launch points. They boast amazing views of the mountains and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles!

No boat? No problem. Plenty of rental services can provide you with boats, paddles and life vests. They even offer shuttle services.

Hit the Trail


Get ready to log some miles.

Mountain biking covers a lot of ground, so it’s a great way to see the sights. Take a break from everyday life and just enjoy the mountain views and the crunch of gravel beneath your tires.

From family friendly trails to extreme downhill mountain biking, NEPA has rides for all ages. The Lehigh Gorge Trail is easily accessible with its smooth surface and gentle downgrade. You can even take the scenic Bike Train to the trailhead. Go the long haul on the McDade Recreational Trail, which leads 31 miles through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Bike rental services can provide all the gear and shuttles to popular trails.

Soar Through the Sky


Take your excitement to new heights with an aerial adventure.

Ziplining courses are high-flying fun above the forest. Zoom down the mountain and score breathtaking views.

You’ve seen all those crazy obstacle course shows on TV. Now test your skills on a ropes course. These treetop courses will challenge you to make your way across tightropes, swinging bridges and log steps. Climb, balance and jump your way to the end.

Join an Epic Battle


Unplug from the video games and gear up for a paintball war.

Push yourself to your limits, whether you’re sneaking through the forest or storming a castle. Team up or go solo… just make sure to watch your back!

NEPA’s paintball parks have tons of cool obstacles, barricades and playing fields. We’re even home to the world’s largest scenario game: Skirmish’s annual Invasion of Normandy. This three-day event draws over 4,000 players each July.

Forge Your Own Path


Who needs trails when you can make your own?

Kick your adventure into high gear at one of NEPA’s offroading parks. Jeeps, ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes tear across the terrain, from forest trails to the open fields.

Rev up your engines and race through the forest. Get some full throttle action on the rock crawling trails and splash through the steams. The more mud, the better.

Take the Leap of a Lifetime


Because there’s nothing more exhilarating than jumping out of a perfectly good plane.

If you live for the rush, skydiving is the adrenaline high you’ve been waiting for. Take your sense of adventure to new heights as you freefall thousands of feet above NEPA. When the parachute unfurls, you’ll have a perfect view of the sprawling mountains, farmland and rivers below.

NEPA’s skydiving centers have years of experience. You’ll be in good hands as you take a tandem jump with one of their professionals.

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