Recreation Areas around Pocono Mountains
Aylesworth Creek Lake
A 4-acre lake featuring a beach, picnic area and hiking trails. Located near East Jermyn, in Lackawanna County, about 10 mi upstream from Scranton on US 6.
Located in Jermyn Boro, PA, 10 miles east of Scranton, PA on Rt 6
Beltzville Lake is a 3,600-acre project, having a 947-acre lake. The Corps operates and maintains the dam and a small visitor center. Recreation is managed under a lease agreement with the PA Bureau of State Parks, which provides swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting in season and other outdoor activities at Beltzville State Park.
From Allentown, north on PA Turnpike northeast Extension to Exit 34. Cross PA 209 and take Township Route 444 to project.
Francis E. Walter Dam
Francis E. Walter Dam ? An 1,800-acre project, having a small 80 acre reservoir but no Corps-operated recreation facilities. There is a boat launch area (no ramp), although there is a 10 hp limit. Swimming is not permitted. Picnicking, hiking and fishing are available, as is hunting, in season, on adjacent PA Game Commission lands. Whitewater rafting is also available downstream. Information on whitewater releases can be obtained by accessing the Philadelphia District Web site and checking under Francis E. Walter Dam.
From Scranton, south on PA Turnpike northeast Extension to Exit 35, east on PA 940.
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Come journey through five Pennsylvania counties bursting with heritage and brimming with outdoor adventure. Follow the D&L Trail, a historic pathway marked with stories about hearty lumberjacks, coal miners, lock tenders, and railroaders. Explore the history of the Corridor at the National Canal Museum or along quiet canal paths, challenging bike trails and the rippling waters of the river.
For details and directions on places of interest in the Delaware and Leigh National Heritage Corridor, visit, http://delawareandlehigh.org/.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Paddlers slip down the river between low forested mountains; anglers wade the trout streams; hikers scan the valley from the ridge or peer into the 1000-foot-deep Water Gap. The valley has known human hand and voice for 10,000 years. Floodplains nourished the Native farmer; waterfalls drew the Victorian vacationer. Today, a 70,000-acre park welcomes those who seek the outdoors close to home.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a long, narrow park that sits between two major interstates, I-80 at the south and I-84 at the north. US 209 is the main north/south road through the park on the Pennsylvania side and Old Mine Road is the main north/south road though the park on the New Jersey side.
Steamtown National Historic Site
You'd feel heat from the firebox, smell hot steam and oil; you'd hear the whistle, feel the ground vibrate, and watch as one-ton drive rods turned steel wheels. Remember the sound of "chuff-chuff" from the smokestack? Today, you can learn the history of steam railroad transportation, and the people who built, repaired and rode, as we work to preserve a special era in America's industrial history!
Our GPS coordinates are: N 41.410730 (latitude), W 75.671329 (longitude) using our park entrance, Lackawanna Ave at Cliff St, 18503 Be careful NOT to use the park's MAILING address with a GPS unit as there is no entrance at that location. If the location info above fails, you can try 350 Cliff St with ZIP Code 18503 (the bookstore mail address). General Driving Directions Take I-81 to exit 185. At first traffic light turn left on Lackawanna Avenue. Continue on Lackawanna Ave to Cliff St and park entrance.