Been looking for the perfect vacation experience where you can enjoy the outdoors alongside your pup?  Well, the Poconos is the perfect fit! The area offers a wide variety of pet-friendly activities, and even dog-themed events that are coming up soon!  You’ll create some unforgettable new vacation memories, and your four-legged friend can enjoy every moment of the adventure with you. From breathtaking waterfalls at Bushkill Falls to a relaxing train ride through the Lehigh Gorge, and a variety of dog-friendly restaurants to satisfy both you and your pup’s taste buds, your vacation in the Poconos is bound to be an unforgettable experience!

Outdoor Adventures with Your Pooch

The heart of any trip to the Poconos lies in its pristine natural beauty. You can begin your journey at Bushkill Falls, often referred to as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania.” This stunning park boasts a series of eight waterfalls, all interconnected with scenic hiking trails. With your leash-clad pup trotting alongside you, explore the network of wooden paths and witness the cascading waters and lush greenery. As an added bonus, you’ll have a chance to encounter the many varieties of wildlife in the area, including deer, birds, and perhaps even a curious fox! It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and experience nature, with your dog right there at your side.

Choo-Choo Through the Lehigh Gorge

Looking for another great outdoor opportunity for you and your pooch?  Take a delightful train ride through the scenic Lehigh Gorge! The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Poconos.  And they welcome well-behaved pets.  As you climb aboard the historic coaches, your pup will be just as excited as you are to experience this amazing journey. The rhythmic clanking of the wheels, the fresh mountain air, and your furry friend by your side will make this experience unforgettable.

Indulge at Dog-Friendly Restaurants

After a day full of adventures, you’ll be looking for a place to settle in and enjoy some great food and drinks.  You’re in luck!  Many of the best restaurants in the area welcome pets in outdoor seating areas! Whether you’re in the mood for burgers and brews, some savory pizza, or delectable vegan options, these pet-friendly establishments have something to satisfy all tastes. Check out the list of pet-friendly restaurants at the Pocono Mountains’ official website!

Upcoming Dog-Centered Events

The Poconos also has some “paw-some” events coming up that you can enjoy with your pup. Split Rock Golf Club is hosting Let’s Save the Dogs! Golf Tournament & Adoption Event on August 13, 2023. Don’t “Waggle” too long- Let’s make this event an “Ace”. Annie’s Ice Cream located in Jim Thorpe is hosting Doggie Sundaes for Carbon County Animal Shelter on August 20, 2023.  All Proceeds from Doggie Sundaes will be Donated to Carbon County Animal Shelter!  For water-loving canines, you won’t want to miss these two great events.  On September 9, 2023 at Montage Mountain Resorts, come be a part of Bark in the Waterpark . Your dog can hit the pools from 11am-3pm and enjoy lazy rivers, dog paddling, and socializing with many other pups.  On September 10, 2023, join us for the Doggie Dive at Knoebels Crystal Pool. Enjoy swimming, along with raffles, exhibits by local rescue organizations, food, and more.  And as a bonus, 100% of the proceeds are donated to local animal rescue organizations!   

As fall sets in and October arrives, the Howl O’Ween Doggie Parade at Camelback Resort promises a fun time. Join fellow dog enthusiasts on October 21 from 12pm-3pm for this spook-tacular event where dogs and their humans dress up in creative costumes and parade through the resort. Get your furry friend ready for the spotlight…and you might even win a prize for the most imaginative ensemble.

Looking for a bit more adventure with your companion?  Hit the water and enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion!  Dog Days of Summer on August 11th at Pocono Whitewater allows you to bring along your dog for an unforgettable experience.  But remember that dogs must be leashed when they are not on the river, and they also should be comfortable around the water and other people.  

With each day of adventure, you’ll want to come home to the perfect retreat with your furry companion.  At Pocono Mountain Rentals, we are dog-lovers ourselves.  And we take pride in offering a variety of accommodations that are pet-friendly.  Check out our Dog-Friendly Rentals and pick your favorite!  And then leash up your pup, pack your bags, and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime in the Poconos.