The Poconos Mountains are in northeastern Pennsylvania about 90 miles from Philadelphia in Monroe and Pike counties, covering more than 2,400 square miles. In the summer, people flock to the region to enjoy the cool mountain temperatures and outdoor opportunities such as camping, fishing and hiking. The region not only attracts people from the Philadelphia region but also from New Jersey and New York City, as well. When visiting the Poconos this summer, consider camping out at one of the region's numerous campgrounds.
When to Go
The Poconos region experiences four distinct seasons, and the peak time for camping is May through September. In the spring, temperatures generally get no higher than 69 degrees Fahrenheit, pushing up to low 80s in the summer. Nights might be chilly in the spring, with lows averaging in the mid-40s. In the summer, nights are cool with an average low of 57 degrees in July. The Poconos average about four inches of rainfall each month.
For the family looking to camp out but isn't willing to totally rough it, numerous campgrounds in the Poconos regions will cater to your needs. The Delaware Water Gap KOA offers campsites along with many of the luxuries you would expect at home. Located near The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the KOA offers wireless Internet, a swimming pool and cable TV. You can play miniature golf, rent bikes or just relax with your family around a campfire.
If you are looking for a more rustic camping experience, choose one of the numerous state parks located in the region. Hickory Run State Park offers wooded sites with modern restrooms and showers nearby. Tobyhanna State Park offers 140 sites at an elevation of about 2,000 feet above sea level, so campers should be prepared for chilly nights. Not all Pennsylvania state parks permit alcohol on in campgrounds, so check ahead before you go.
The Poconos are a popular region for summer recreation. If you want a campsite next to a lake or with a good view of Big Pocono Mountain, book early to avoid being disappointed. Black bears also live in the Poconos, and campers should come prepared to deal with them. Never approach or feed a bear. Campers should store all food and scented items -- such as toothpaste -- in your car when not in use, to prevent bears from visiting your campsite.
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