In a little more than a week, I am making my annual autumnal pilgrimage to the Pocono Mountains, an area that was labeled, in 1749, as the land of The Endless Mountains.
The Land of The Endless Mountains – The Poconos
If you study the entire map carefully, you will see that the Poconos’ Endless Mountains are in Pennsylvania–they begin less than an hour above Philadelphia, and near the top of the state, there is Bushkill Falls, which is an almost touristy natureland. But there are waterfalls all along the Delaware River from the Lehigh Valley and North. As the map says, this is the Land of Endless Mountains and on the East Coast, when the mountains are endless, the waterfalls are, too.
What the 1749 map does not mention is that the Poconos region is also The Land of Endless Forests, Endless Hiking Trails [the Appalachian Trail runs through here,too], Endless National and State Parks, and Endless Wildlife Preserves. During every season, The Poconos Mountain Region is Nirvana for people who love nature, but during autumn, the place is breathtaking.
As usual, I have been watching the leaf report for the Poconos Here.
To learn more about the sites numbered on the above map, go to the Penns Woods Fall Foliage Site Here
1749.1 A MAP OF PENSILVANIA, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, AND THE THREE DELAWARE COUNTIES by Lewis Evans, MDCCXLIX. L. Hebert Sculp. This may be the first map of Pennsylvania published in America. Evans followed this map with his more famous one of 1755, but this is an iconic map of the middle Atlantic and much copied, with English, German, and other editions. The county of Lancaster was created in 1729 and is shown along with the founding counties of Philadelphia, Bucks and Chester. York County, created in 1749, is not shown although the town appears. This map originated the phrase ‘Endless Mountains’ which is still used as an advertising slogan. The coverage of Pennsylvania ends just beyond the Susquehanna. This image is from the Library of Congress where a 1750 German version can also be seen. Gipson reproduces all of Evans’ important maps along with some of his writings. Listed in Phillips, page 672, Wheat & Brun No. 295-97. Image and Text Credit Here
The red star on the above map shows where I live now, in Southern New Jersey.
The first night, I’ll drive to White Haven, PA, which is where Hickory Run State Park is located.
Hickory Run State Park
Church at Hickory Run
I’ll spend the second day stomping around River Road, which runs along the Delaware Water Gap.
©Jacki Kellum October 10, 2016