Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) offers ample opportunity to enjoy nature, sports, culture and other activities.

Overview

Monroe County is home to nearly 170,000 people in Eastern Pennsylvania. Nestled in The Pocono Mountains of Monroe County, East Stroudsburg, Pa. is home to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, which sits adjacent to East Stroudsburg University along Interstate 80.

Industry

Monroe County is home to Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest employer, the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The depot is a logistics center for the United State Department of Defense and employs more than 5,000 people.

The U.S. headquarters for Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company focused on human health, is located in Monroe County.

Education

Colleges and universities

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Northampton Community College (Monroe Campus)

Primary education

East Stroudsburg Area School District

Pleasant Valley School District

Pocono Mountain School District

Stroudsburg Area School District

Summit School of the Poconos

Notre Dame Elementary School

Notre Dame Jr. Sr. High School

Monsingor McHugh School

Entertainment

Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) is within comfortable driving distance to professional sports, world-class museums and performances, and other cultural opportunities in New York (approximately 2 hours away), Philadelphia (a 90-minute drive) and other major cities.

Residents enjoy year-round activities in the Pocono Mountains including professional NASCAR racing, indoor family water parks, resorts, wineries, breweries and spas. The Pocono Mountain region is home to many festivals throughout the year.

Mount Airy Casino resort features a mix of more than 1,800 of the latest slot machines and table games and hosts headline entertainment year-round. The Crossings Premium Outlets® is nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains region and features 100 brand name and designer outdoor outlet stores.

Attractions and Recreation

Explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for canoeing, kayaking and hiking. The area includes nearly 70,000 acres of mountains, valleys and floodplains and contains several state parks. In the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains, you can find Hickory Run State Park, with over 40 miles of hiking trails for you to explore. Visit Jim Thorpe, voted one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America.

Rain or shine, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy water parks in the Poconos. There are four resorts in Monroe County with indoor water parks: Great Wolf Lodge, Aquatopia at Camelback Resort, Split Rock Resort and Golf Club and Kalahari Resort.

During the winter months, the Pocono Mountains boasts ski slopes and trails for any level of expertise at  Blue Mountain Ski ResortCamelback Mountains ResortJack Frost Big BoulderShawnee Mountain and Ski Big Bear.

Monroe County Links

Monroe County Community Health Needs Assessment

Visit Pocono Mountains

Monroe Farmer’s Market

Monroe County Historical Association

Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce

Pocono Record

BRC News 13

Newswatch 16, WNEP-TV

69 News, WFMZ-TV

Eye Witness News, WBRE-TV