Fall is in full swing and the beautiful shades of autumn are making their way through Pennsylvania’s foliage. There are many wonderful ways to see the fall foliage in Hawley, but one of our personal favorites is by train! The Stourbridge line is a historic railway that offers tours of Northeastern, PA’s breathtaking fall scenery. Not only will you experience jaw-dropping views, but you will learn a bit about the history of the region along the way. It’s a fun-filled excursion the whole family is sure to love!
History of the Stourbridge Railroad
In 1827, the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company was in need of a steam engine to haul coal from its mines in Pennsylvania to New York City. They began to investigate locomotive use, and the Stourbridge Lion was born. The steel locomotive arrived in Honesdale in July of 1829. At this time, about three miles of wooden track had been laid for the test run. Crowds assembled to witness the test run that August, convinced the Lion wouldn’t work. Imagine their surprise when the conductor, Horatio Allen, rode the track all the way around and back into Honesdale. This marked the beginning of a new era in commercial transportation.
The Best Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions
This exciting trip is a seasonal special and solely focuses on Pennsylvania’s fall foliage! Foliage Unlimited is a 25-mile trip that winds along the most beautiful points of the Poconos and introduces you to incredible sights of autumn color. You will also learn a great deal about the region’s history as you ride along the historic rail.
Rails and River Excursion
Enjoy the best of the Poconos in one incredible package. The Rails and River Excursion begins with a kayak journey down the Lackawaxen River. After experiencing the scenery by water, you will leave your kayaks behind in White Mills and board the train for an unforgettable adventure. A bagged lunch in also included!
The Pocono Express is a popular choice for those wishing to enjoy a leisurely ride. It’s a 1.5-hour long excursion along the Lackawaxen River, so be sure to bring your cameras! The views are sure to be absolutely stunning!
The Honesdale Express takes you along the river for beautiful sights of nature and straight into the historic town of Honesdale. Here, you will have the opportunity to disembark and take a stroll through the shops and eateries of Main Street.
This Halloween-themed ride is great for families. The Spooky Special invites riders to come in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy sweet treats during their scenic tour. It’s a 1.5-hour ride and that journeys beside the Lackawaxen River route.
All excursions leave from Honesdale, PA. If you would like to depart from Hawley, take the Honesdale Shopper on Saturdays at noon. This train departs from the post office.
Visit the Stourbridge Line website to see even more fun-filled excursions and holiday events.
Add Hawley Silk Mill to Your Fall Break To-Do List
If you will be visiting Hawley this fall, we invite you to join us at Hawley Silk Mill. Our historic mill turned lifestyle center has something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy. From a cozy coffee shop, locally-sourced market, art gallery, live entertainment, and so much more, you’ll hardly be able to do it all in just one visit. Check out more about us and our history and we look forward to welcoming you soon.