The Pocono Mountains are renowned for their natural beauty. Here, you’ll find magnificent forested peaks alongside lakes and streams. One of the best ways to take in all the scenery of the Poconos is whitewater rafting. Zoom along atop rushing waters while taking in all the sights and sounds around you.
You don’t want to stop there, though. These mountains have so much to offer, both in beauty and attractions, and whitewater rafting in the Poconos is just one of the many ways to enjoy this region. Download our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of our top recommendations for all the best things to do in the area. This includes other types of outdoor recreation like hiking or skiing, depending on the season, and a list of shops, restaurants, and events in the area.
Top Companies for Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos
If you’re looking for a place near NYC for whitewater rafting, Pennsylvania has you covered. The Poconos have a couple of different rivers available for this pastime. You can primarily go whitewater rafting on the Delaware River and its tributary the Lehigh River. The following companies all offer trips along one of these two waterways.
Kittatinny Canoes offers whitewater raft trips when water is released from the hydroelectric plant at Lake Wallenpaupack. These events provide for great whitewater rafting opportunities due to the volume of water released. Kittatinny Canoes takes you on a route from the Lackawaxen River to the Delaware River. The conditions on release days earn the river a whitewater Class 2 & 3 designation, so this is better for more experienced paddlers.
Whitewater Rafting Adventures
The family-owned and operated Whitewater Rafting Adventures offers Class 2 & 3 whitewater trips as well as ventures in calmer waters if you have less experience. The 13-mile whitewater Lehigh River excursion takes you on an exciting, fast-paced journey down the river with breathtaking views of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Their “EZ” whitewater route features Class 1 & 2 rapids for families and first-timers, which allows you to experience the fun of rapids while still enjoying the more tranquil sections of the river.
Pocono Whitewater offers trips during water release and during times of natural river flow. An added perk of rafting with Pocono Whitewater is that there is a bonfire afterward, so you can warm up after your escapade on the water. This is included in the rates for the Class 2 & 3 and the family whitewater trips.
Jim Thorpe River Adventures
If you’re looking for an adventurous ride down a river that takes you through the 900-foot canyons of a state park, look no further than Jim Thorpe River Adventures. This trip is sure to get your heart racing while treating you to fantastic views of the beautiful Lehigh Gorge State Park. They also have an introductory-level trip.
Return and Relax at Mountaintop Lodge
After spending an exciting time atop the fast-running rivers of the Pocono Mountains, come back and relax by a more serene body of water: Lake Naomi. Mountaintop Lodge sits by the lake, nestled amongst fragrant, majestic pine trees. It’s the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with nature. Our top priority is making sure that you are taken care of, so come and visit to find out what makes people come back to us year after year.
The romantic, travel-inspired Out and About suite will invite you to recharge from the moment you step into the room. With cozy, warm lighting and inviting rustic decor, you’ll feel right at home here. Wake up refreshed in a king-sized bed with Comphy linens and make your way to the delicious, made-to-order breakfast served in the dining room downstairs. Take a cup of fresh coffee out to the spacious porch and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Escape to the Pocono Mountains and Lake Naomi today! Check our availability and book ahead.