Great Recipes for Fun Free Picnic Areas

The bags are packed, family is in the car, bikes on the rack and you’re headed to the Pocono Mountains for the weekend! An easy drive for most people living on the east coast. Only 75 miles from New York City and only 90 miles from Philadelphia make it the perfect weekend getaway. The rolling mountain terrain is in the heart of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area with the scenic Delaware River running right through it. The area has gorgeous waterfalls and miles of hiking and biking trails… a perfect setting for a family vacation.

Your staying just over the border from New Jersey at the Historic Shawnee Inn, a beautiful property that opened in 1911 which sits on the beautiful Delaware River, the perfect spot for your outdoor enthusiast family to spend a couple days.

So you head out early with a fun day of biking on the McDade Trail before check in time at The Shawnee Inn. The McDade trail is a 32 mile bike, hike, and jogging path that runs through the National Recreational Area and starts only 5 minutes from The Shawnee Inn. You’ve packed picnic lunches and are planning on finding a place on the way to stop and eat, you arriving at Hialeah Park, the start of the McDade Trail off of River Road. Sitting down at one of the picnic tables, you can hear the Delaware River rippling by. Golden sun rays shining through the tall native hemlocks and butterflies bouncing from flower to flower. Hialeah Park is a quiet setting, a perfect spot for your picnic lunch.

Whether you want to raft, bike or hike or spend a quiet afternoon away from the hustle and bustle, the Shawnee Inn is the perfect spot with endless outdoor activities to do all within minutes. Our resort concierge can fill you in on all the local spots to experience or set your family up for a hike or canoe trip down the Delaware. So pack up the kids, nature awaits..we will see you soon!