Natural Features

 

Wayne County sits in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, covering 763 square miles, and possessing all the natural beauty associated with the Pocono Mountains. Our only natural boundary is the Delaware River, carving its meandering path along our northeast border.

From its northern boundary with the State of New York, Wayne County reaches 55 miles south to the center of the Pocono Mountains. This is the longest north-south span in the Commonwealth. This distance results in a diverse county with different needs and appeal. Wayne County also has more bodies of water than any other county in the Commonwealth – covering approximately 11,000 acres of surface water. Woodlands complete the picture, blanketing over half our land.

Combine our moderate four-season climate, abundant water, and rural natural beauty with our proximity to major urban areas, and you have the ingredients for a growing population and enviable quality of life.


Climate
Our four-season climate brings ever-changing vistas and allows for year-round enjoyment of our natural beauty. Elevation produces variations in temperature and precipitation totals.



Elevation
The general average elevation is 1,400 feet above sea level. Highest points in Wayne County are Sugarloaf Mountain at 2,536 and Mount Ararat at 2656 feet above sea level. Lowest elevation is found in Berlin Township by the Delaware River at 680 feet above sea level.

Specific elevations: Hawley – 890’, Honesdale – 925’, Prompton – 1083’, Waymart – 1413’


Hydrology
Need water?  We’ve got it!  In fact, Wayne County has more bodies of water than any other county in the Commonwealth. An abundance of streams, ponds, and lakes make hydrology our most important natural feature.


The two largest water areas are the Delaware River and Lake Wallenpaupack, which we share with neighboring Pike County. Both offer the best of boating, camping, wildlife observation, and down right relaxation.

Forgive us if we boast a little about some of the best trout fishing in the state. Clear water and a stocking program conducted by Fish and Game Commission result in excellent fishing throughout the County. Major streams include the Delaware River, Dyberry River, Lackawaxen River, and Wallenpaupack Stream.


Forests
Woodlands cover nearly 60% of Wayne County. The term “fall foliage” is not taken lightly, as our large variety of trees create spectacular scenery and tourism opportunities. More than 14,000 acres of Gamelands are paradise for hunters, hikers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

 

 

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