Embracing Winter on the Upper Delaware River


For those of us who choose to call the Northeast home, there are three basic schools of thought on the notion of winter. There are those of us who despise the entire season — from the moment our coats and boots come out of storage until it’s time for the first mowing in spring. Others of us merely tolerate the shorter, colder days and find ways to fill our time indoors while keeping the cabin fever and melancholy at bay. And then there are those of us who giddily embrace every single one of the trillions of snowflakes that quietly blanket the land each season. Those annoyingly cheerful people who radiate supernatural joie de vivre as the thermometer plummets downward and their neighbors grumpily declare their intent to move (again) at the first sign of green. This article is for the lovers of all things winter. For those of you who cherish that sharply inhaled breath of cold air, invigorating you body and soul — reminding you how alive you are right at that very moment. It’s for you who live to venture down the paths less traveled — the places the more timid of us reserve to explore on mild, sunny days.


For winter lovers, Hancock on the Upper Delaware River is an unspoiled natural paradise — teeming with undiscovered treasures — waiting for you to forge your path through the virgin snow — either by foot or by sled, snowmobile, horse, skis, or car. Whichever mode of transport you choose for your winter exploration, you’ll find enough awe-inspiring beauty and wild adventure in Hancock to keep you occupied even as the thermometer dips below freezing. Through January, February, and into March, it’s likely the landscape around Hancock will be blanketed in pure white, the mystical forces of nature creating a trove of opportunities for photographers and intrepid explorers. And, for the less adventurous, there are plenty of local public establishments where you can enjoy the divine pleasures of a warm fire and conversation with friends while leaving the weather outside.


To help inspire your wintry wild side, consider getting outside to play at some of these wintertime activities you can do in and around Hancock all winter long:


  • Hiking & Nature Walks
  • Cross-country and Downhill Skiing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing & Photography
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sledding
  • Scenic Drives
  • BBQs and Bonfires
  • Camping
  • Build a Snow Sculpture or Igloo
  • Stargazing the Winter Sky
  • Make Snow Angels at the Hancock Town Square
  • Snowball Fight!


For more ideas on how to spend winter in Hancock, visit our Recreation & Entertainment section.


Whatever adventure you choose to embark upon this winter, do it with your whole being. Be brave enough to embrace the rawness of the weather and the countryside will reward you with stunning treasures that are imperceptible at any other time of year.




Do you have a favorite Hancock winter activity or tradition? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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