A Sullivan County oasis
Eagles Mere sits "high in the Endless Mountains," on the Allegheny Plateau at 2,126 feet. It's name means "Lake of the Eagles" and the 130-acre glacier-formed, natural spring-fed lake is the centerpiece of one of the most unique vacation spots in all of Pennsylvania. There are about 150 year-round Eagles Mere residents, but the summer months bring thousands of loyal visitors to Sullivan County.
Like Pocono Mountains resorts to the east, Eagles Mere morphed into a vacation destination for the wealthy seeking respite from the suffocating city in the summertime. At the helm in Eagles Mere beginning in 1885 was a group known as the Eagles Mere Syndicate and its general manager, Captain E.S. Chase. Read more about him in the photo (right).
The two-mile Laurel Path takes visitors completely around the lake. It's a wonderful, kid-friendly hike through wooded areas and over a wooden footbridge over 100 years old (above), while also providing glimpses of some of Eagles Mere's jaw-dropping cottages. A few of which have stepping stones leading down to the lake (left).
Those swimming holes are the perfect place to stop during one of the Sullivan County driving tours that are included in The Sullivan Review's annual Summer Tourist Guide. Other won't-want-to-miss spots include the covered bridges in Hillsgrove, where you'll also find Becky's Sunset Ice Cream (and mini golf), pictured below, and Forksville, which just so happens to be home to a cheesesteak place that rivals even South Philly's best: Big Mike's Steaks & Hoagies at the Forksville General Store.