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Running in the Pocono Mountains

If you're looking to hook up with some people and run, there are regular group runs that members can take advantage of just by showing up. They include tuesday and thursday at 6 pm in front of the Y in Stroudsburg, and every morning at 7:30 am with the Mill Rats at the Ribbon Mill that is just behind the Y. The Mill rats also run on wednesday at 5:30 pm. All of these runs welcome any kind of runner with a variation of pace and distance. Just show up, start chatting, and someone will hook up with you. It's a great way to meet people. We also have a facebook page on which you can request a running partner, or hook up with someone who has posted a request. Feel free to check it out.

The Pocono Mountain  area is a beautiful place for runners. Cool mornings abound in the running season and beautiful scenery is everywhere. Of course, civilization has brought about traffic problems, access problems, and terrain situations that all need to be dealt with. While runners tend to deal with whatever they need to in order to get their run in, below are some non-traffic running routes you might enjoy. 

 
And please let us know if you have a running route that you would like to share with others. Just email us with specific descriptions and we'll include it on our list.
 

The McDade Trail -  This is a 32 mile trail along the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  It begins at the Hialeah Parking lot on River Road and continues all the way to Milford.  The trail passes through forested areas and farm fields and past views of the Delaware river and cliffs along the way. Terrain varies from rugged foot trail to wide gravel paths. Trailheads provide access every few miles. The trail is open to hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and restricted pet walking. No motor vehicles are allowed. Though the trail follows the river, there are some short steep hills that follow the terrain. Rest rooms are at some trailheads. Since the trail is in a national park, be aware that some trailhead parking lots charge a fee. To plan your run, you can get more information at http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/hikes-mcdade.htm


The Levee Loop Trail Constructed in the deadly aftermath of deadly floods in the 1950s, the levee separating the residents of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg from the torrential tendencies of the Brodhead Creek now foster a more unifying function - the Levee Loop Trail


From the Levee Loop Trail, encircling a picturesque portion of the Brodhead Creek, one can easily and safely touch fourteen public parks, three playgrounds, two skate parks, several ball fields, two swimming pools, two fishing ponds, one disc golf course, a regular golf course, nine schools, a university, a Community Center, and the historic downtown districts of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. When its southern end is completed, the trail will connect with a route to neighboring Delaware Water Gap NRA, the Appalachian Trail, and unlimited destinations north and south. 

www.srosrc.org/trails.php


  The Lehigh Gorge Trail - This is another trail that runs from Jim Thorpe to White Haven, a distance of 26 miles. The trail is in the Lehigh Gorge State Park, and is uniformly double wide with a cinder base. It is consistently a 1% grade running downhill from White Haven. The scenery is spectacular as it follows the Lehigh river and the gorge that has been cut over millions of years. There are only four access points to the trail and restrooms only at three, so planning your run is important. You can access more information at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/lehighgorge/ 

The Lehigh Canal Path  - Located in the town of Weissport, this trail is in the southern most part of the Poconos. The trail runs about four miles north to Jim Thorpe, and three miles south to Parryville. It is a converted tow path that is part of the D&L trail system. The trail is flat, mostly cinder covered with some dirt and stone areas. You can get more information at http://www.delawareandlehigh.org/index.php/towns/weissport/


Brady's Lake access road - Brady's Lake is a secluded spot located off rt 940 in Pocono Pines. There is a 3.5 mile flat gravel road that travels from 940 to the parking area, creating an out and back running route within the gamelands. What little traffic you may encounter is limited to 20 mph. The only problem is the dust that is kicked up when a vehicle passes.  Directions at http://www.rei.com/guidepost/detail/pennsylvania/hiking/bradys-lake/9846