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NEPA’s Most Instagramable Views

No filter necessary — NEPA’s landscapes are gorgeous.

Northeastern Pennsylvania has plenty of scenic spots, from its mountaintop vistas to its rushing waterfalls.

Lace up your hiking boots, because we’ve rounded up some of the most picturesque places in NEPA. Snap a few photos, and you’ll be scoring likes in no time.

Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park

Crystal-clear water flows through the gorge and cascades over cliffs at Ricketts Glen State Park. The Falls Trail boasts 21 waterfalls, so you’ll be stopping every few minutes for a photo shoot. One of the most breathtaking spots is at the bottom of Ganoga Falls, the tallest waterfall in the park at 94 feet high.

The Falls Trail is a challenging trek, so wear sturdy shoes. Also, the trail can be slippery, and there are many high ledges. Make sure you’re standing in a safe, solid place before taking a photo.

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Glen Onoko Falls

Scramble up this rugged trail and you’ll be rewarded along the way with stunning waterfalls and rock formations. This 3-mile trail is steep and rocky, so good, sturdy footwear is a must. You’ll find beautiful, little waterfalls throughout the hike, but the real showstopper will be the three inspiring main falls.

Making it to the top is quite the feat and you should take a moment and be proud, but don’t pass up the opportunity to grab a pic. Looking down from the top of the falls is one of the coolest views in the park.

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Lackawanna State Park

This picturesque state park in North Abington Township offers year-round views that will leave followers breathless. From dense, colorful forest trails and abundant wildlife to the pristine Lake Lackawanna, there is no shortage of photo opportunities here.

Sunrise on the lake offers unforgettable views. And no matter the season, you’ll have little trouble taking great pictures at Lackawanna State Park.

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Camelback Mountain Summit at Big Pocono State Park

On a clear day at Big Pocono State Park, you’ll be able to see Delaware Water Gap and New York’s Catskill Mountains. The park encompasses the peak of Camelback Mountain, which towers at 2,133 feet in elevation (you’ll feel like you’re #OnTopOfTheWorld).

The 1.4-mile scenic drive will take you right to the best overlooks, where it seems like the rolling mountains extend forever into the horizon. You can also take the hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails to get awe-inspiring views of the cliffs and valleys.

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Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

NEPA is synonymous with fall foliage. Every Autumn, residents and visitors alike venture out in search of that perfectly-timed shot of our vibrant fall colors. On the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, all you really need is a camera, some solid walking shoes and time.

This equally convenient and gorgeous, 70-mile trail offers unmatched views of the river and the forest as it lights up in orange, yellow and red for the fall season. The trail features easily-walkable terrain, and with 30 trailheads, it is accessible from almost anywhere in NEPA.

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Dogs, Dogs, Dogs...

You can take your pups anywhere in NEPA, snap a pic, post it, tag it and bask in the soft, warm glow of Instagram gold.

Pick out your favorite photos and share your NEPA adventure on social media.

Tag your photos using #DiscoverNEPA for a chance to be featured on our page.


By: Jill Patton, King’s College, DiscoverNEPA Intern


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