The arrival of summer also means the beginning of road trip season! If you’re searching for the perfect spot to hit the road with your friends and family, look no further than the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. This gorgeous 70-mile stretch of Route 97 that runs along the Pennsylvania/New York border winds through some of the region’s most awe-inspiring scenery and exciting attractions. Read on to learn more about this popular road and some of the best pit stops to make during your journey.
Whether you’re staying in town or just passing through on the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, we hope you’ll stop to visit us at Hawley Silk Mill! You’ll be able to grab a snack for the road from the Mill Market Bakery, rejuvenate with a hot cup of coffee from Cocoon Coffee House, and more.
More About the Delaware Scenic Byway
Characterized by jaw-dropping natural scenery, rich history, and abundance of recreational opportunities, the Route 97 scenic drive is an absolute must for any traveler’s bucket list. The byway was established by the New York State Scenic Byways System in 2002 with the goal of protecting the region’s outstanding character, heritage, and beauty. With so much to see and do along the way, this adventure is sure to become one of the highlights of your trip!
Best Places to Stop on the Byway
The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway weaves its way through the Pocono Mountains from Hancock to Port Jervis. During your drive, you will encounter dozens of interesting places to pull over and explore. Here are just some of our favorites you won’t want to skip.
1. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
Whether you like to fish, canoe, kayak, or river tube, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River should be a stop on your journey. The swiftly changing scenery and tranquil environment are sure to captivate you as you enjoy a full day of fun in the sun. If you plan to get in the water, be sure to bring towels and a change of clothes.
2. Fort Delaware
Located in Delaware City, Fort Delaware is an authentic depiction of the life of pioneers who settled the valley in 1754. Tours of the facilities are offered and include demonstrations of early settler lifestyles and craft-making.
3. River Market
Set alongside the Delaware River in Barryville, NY, the River Market is a charming general store stocked with sweet treats and modern conveniences you’ll need to make the rest of your trip. This is the perfect place to stop by for a quick lunch or stock up on snacks. On a warm day, be sure to try their homemade ice cream!
4. Autumn Scenery
In 2015, USAToday rated the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway the “Best Autumn Scenic Drive” in the entire country. Each fall, the highway becomes a wonderland of vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows just begging to be explored. Along the way, you’ll hardly be able to resist stopping at the scenic overlooks for postcard-worthy photos.
5. Hawley, PA
This quaint town in Pennsylvania is a slight detour from the byway, but we promise it will be well worth it! Hawley is filled with opportunities for outdoor adventures, fun events, and historic attractions. Whether you decide to spend an afternoon on Lake Wallenpaupack or browse through the wide variety of unique shops, you won’t be disappointed.
We Invite You to Join Us at Hawley Silk Mill
During your stop in Hawley, come by to see us at our historic silk mill! Our vibrant lifestyle center is filled with fascinating boutique shops, an art gallery that features masterpieces from all over the world, the Lake Region Fitness Center, and much more. Happy travels and we hope to see you soon!