Travel in Pennsylvania: The Susquehanna River and Endless Mountains
Driving through the Endless Mountains region in Pennsylvania allows me to relax and get my priorities straight. As the mountains stretch out, so does my attitude. My thought processes expand as the area extends out before me. This is truly a beautiful region in Pennsylvania which extends through Wyoming, Susquehanna, Bradford and Sullivan counties in the Northeastern part of Pennsylvania. They are west of the Pocono Mountains. I for one am always amazed by mountain ranges, and I have seen a few. The Rockies, the Adirondacks and our own Pocono Mountains and a few Montana ranges, including the Sawtooth and Bitterroot mountain ranges. While the Rockies and the Andirondacks take your breath away just by their sheer mass, there is something quite peaceful about the Endless Mountains. Maybe because I have grown up and lived around large metropolitan cities, I am always secretly amazed when I see a bit of wild untamed nature. Nature abounds in the Endless Mountains. Don't miss Ricketts Glen State Park. This is one of the many things Pennsylvania does right. There's about a 7 mile hike which is a loop around some of the waterfalls in the park, and, Ganoga Falls boasts a 94 foot drop. This hiking trail, called the Falls Trail is aptly named, but keep in mind that it is a very challenging hike. This hike is not for the inexperienced or out of shape, but it is worth the extra effort. Ricketts Glen can be accessed by Route 487. It is Northwest of Philadelphia and is about a 3 hour ride from there.
As you can see from the photo above, the Endless Mountains range is a gentle mountain area. Speaking of photography, I never get tired of capturing this region in photos. Watch carefully as the sun begins to set over these mountains. Mountains in the background seem to magically emerge in a very dramatic way. They look entirely different as the sun goes down versus how they look during the day. They were always there, of course, just overshadowed by the bright daylight. Even if its through a car window, you can still get some great shots. Don't miss your opportunities. You may want to stop by the Knoteworthy Kards & Prints in Wyoming Valleyfor some inspiration. Their website is www.knoteworthyphotos.com.
No high peaks in this area, but you do have the mighty Susquehanna River to contend with. It certainly adds a bit of drama to this somewhat serene area. The record amount of rains which caused unusual amounts of flooding were pretty scary this year. Seeing that river up over the banks makes you quickly realize you really can't control anything except your ability to be prepared. Sometimes, probably most times, you just have to go with the flow. This is what the mighty Susquehanna will teach you
The Endless Mountains have something for everyone. Nature lover? There is an abundance of nature here. Are you a foodie? There are restaurants everywhere. Worried that you won't find your type of people here? (whatever that means) Interestingly, there are many transplanted Philadelphians here. Are you a recreational sports person? Well, the Susquehanna River runs right through the mountains with many surprising twists and turns. Canoeing, boating and river rafting go right along with it. This is a wonderful place to visit. It truly is one of the gems of Northeastern PA.
Head North on Interstate 81 and you will be surrounded by the Endless Mountains or go west on Route 6. Either route will enable you to get an idea of just how expansive Pennsylvania is and how unlimited the Endless Mountains are. The Endless Mountains offer subtle but majestic beauty for anyone who cares to look. Happy trailblazing!
- Wyoming, Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna Counties, PA - Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau
Promoting Tourism for the Endless Mountains Region of Northeast Pennsylvania.
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