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Pike County

The historical lore of Pike County goes back to the days of the Minisink, Lenape and Paupack Indians. The countryside is alive with historic buildings and original settlements. A drive through it offers a wealth of historical markers telling of events past, as well as a world of outdoor wonders, such as 'The Niagara of Pennsylvania,' Bushkill Falls.

The town of Milford was named one of Pennsylvania's "Prettiest Painted Places" by the Paint Quality Institute. It was also home to Gifford Pinchot, the first director of the US Forestry Service under Theodore Roosevelt. The Pinchot Estate is now administered by the Forestry Service as the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies and is considered their most precious resource. Tours of the Estate are conducted on a daily basis.

The Zane Grey Museum, former home of the famous western fiction writer and author of "Riders of the Purple Sage" overlooks the Roebling Aqueduct, a wire suspension bridge that was the forerunner to the Brooklyn Bridge. The Roebling Bridge is the oldest wire suspension bridge in the United States.

Lake Wallenpaupack, which lies in both Pike and Wayne Counties, is the third largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania. It was built in 1926 by Pennsylvania Power & Light Company. Fifteen miles in length, Lake Wallenpaupack provides 52 miles of shoreline for outdoor recreation. Visitors to the Lake Region will find rentals of any type of water sport equipment from canoes to water skis, sailboats and ice fishing equipment, readily available.

Outdoor recreation is a natural in Pike County with many species of fish to catch, canoeing and rafting down the Delaware River, viewing waterfalls and hiking trails. Hawk and eagle watching along the Delaware River is also very popular. In fact, the Upper Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers are the largest wintering areas for bald and golden eagles east of the Mississippi. 

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