Map of Pike County, Pennsylvania

Pike County is a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is part of Northeastern Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 58,535. Its county seat is Milford.

Pike County is included in the New York-NewarkJersey City, NYNJ-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Pike County overview:
Name:Pike County
FIPS code:42-103
Founded:March 8, 1814
Named for:Zebulon Pike
Largest city:Matamoras
Total Area:567 sq mi (1,470 km²)
Land Area:545 sq mi (1,410 km²)
Total Population:58,535
Population Density:103/sq mi (40/km²)
Time zone:UTC−5 (Eastern)
Summer Time Zone (DST):UTC−4 (EDT)

Pike County location map. Where is Pike County?

Pike County location on the U.S. Map. Where is Pike County.
Location of Pike County in the the United States.
Pike County location on the Pennsylvania map. Where is Pike County.
Location of Pike County in Pennsylvania.


Pike County was named for General Zebulon Pike. It was organized on March 26, 1814 from part of Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Some English settlement in the area had started during the colonial years.

The longtime original inhabitants were the Lenape Native Americans, known by the English colonists as the Delaware Indians because their territory was along the Delaware River (as named by the colonists), as well as the coastal mid-Atlantic area. In 1694, Governor Benjamin Fletcher of the colony of New York sent Captain Arent Schuyler to investigate claims that the French were recruiting Indian allies for use against the English. In 1696, governor Fletcher authorized purchases of Indian land near the New York border by a number of citizens of Ulster County; their descendants became the first European settlers of what became Pike County.

Nicholas Depui was the first to settle in the area, in 1725. Thomas Quick moved to the area that would become Milford in 1733. Andrew Dingman settled on the Delaware River at the future site of Dingmans Ferry in 1735. The early settlers got along well with the Lenape and traded with them. As settlement increased and their land practices encroached on Lenape uses, land disputes arose. The colonists’ infamous Walking Purchase of 1737 swindled the Lenape out of more than half of present-day Pike County. As the Lenape realized what had happened, violent conflicts arose between them and the colonists.

Early in the nineteenth century, coal was discovered nearby in the area that would become Carbondale. This became especially significant as the British restricted export of British coal to the United States after the War of 1812, creating a fuel shortage in rapidly expanding New York City. To get the coal to New York, developers proposed a gravity railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale, along with a canal from Honesdale to the Hudson River at Kingston.

The state of New York approved the canal proposal in 1823. Work on the 108-mile (174 km) Delaware and Hudson Canal began in 1825 and was completed in 1828. The canal system, which terminated at the Hudson River near present-day Kingston, proved profitable. But the barges had to cross the Delaware via a rope ferry across a “slackwater dam,” which created bottlenecks in the canal traffic and added greatly to the cost of transportation.

John Roebling proposed continuing the canal over the river as part of an aqueduct. Built in 1848, his innovative design required only three piers, where five would ordinarily have been required; this allowed ice floes and timber rafts to pass under with less damage to the bridge. Three other suspension aqueducts were subsequently built for the canal. Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct is still standing, possibly the oldest suspension bridge in America; it has been named a National Historic Landmark.

For fifty-one years, coal flowed to New York City via the canal. But the development of railroads, which were faster, cheaper, and operated even when the canals were frozen, brought the end of the canal era. The New York and Erie Railroad supplanted the canal and in 1898 the water route was abandoned.

From 1904 to 1926, Grey Towers in the borough of Milford, Pennsylvania was the site of summer field study sessions for the Master’s program of the Yale School of Forestry, together with the Forester’s Hall, a commercial building that was adapted and expanded for this purpose.

In 1926, PPL Corporation built a hydroelectric plant on Wallenpaupack creek at the former village of Wilsonville. The town was evacuated and now lies under Lake Wallenpaupack, created by a dam. A crew of 2,700 men worked for two years to complete the dam for the project at a cost of $1,026,000. This required the acquisition of nearly a hundred properties, and a number of farms, barns, and homes were razed or moved. In addition, 17 miles (27 km) of roads and telephone lines were relocated, and a cemetery was moved to make way for the project.

The largely rural area of the county made it attractive as a country destination. Several camps were developed in the area of Milford, Pennsylvania, the county seat. It has several hundred late 19th and early 20th-century buildings that contribute to a National Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Yale ran summer field studies for its Master’s program in forestry there from 1904 to 1926.

Since the late 20th century, Pike County has been the fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania; between 1990 and 2000, its population increased by 65.2%, and it grew an additional 16.9% between 2000 and 2004. The area has relatively low state and county taxes, and affordable housing. Interstate 80 and Interstate 84 provide rapid commutes to New York City’s northern suburbs.

Pike County Road Map

Pike CountyStreet Map.
Street map of Pike County, Pennsylvania. Source: OpenStreetMap (OSM)
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Pike Countypolitical map.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 567 square miles (1,470 km), of which 545 square miles (1,410 km) is land and 22 square miles (57 km) (3.9%) is water.

The terrain rises rapidly from the river valley in the east to the rolling foothills of the Poconos in the west. The highest point is one of two unnamed hills in Greene Township that top out at approximately 2,110 feet (643 m) above sea level. The lowest elevation is approximately 340 feet (103.6 m), at the confluence of the Bushkill and the Delaware rivers.

Adjacent counties


Pike County has a humid continental climate that is warm-summer (Dfb), except along the Delaware River from Dingmans Ferry downriver, where it is hot-summer (Dfa). The hardiness zones are 5b and 6a. Average monthly temperatures in Milford range from 25.6 °F in January to 71.3 °F in July, while in Greentown they average from 22.8 °F in January to 68.5 °F in July.

National protected areas

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (part)
  • Middle Delaware National Scenic River (part)
  • Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (part)

State protected areas

  • Delaware State Forest (part)
  • Promised Land State Park

Major highways

  • I-84
  • US 6
  • US 206
  • US 209
  • PA 191
  • PA 390
  • PA 402
  • PA 434
  • PA 447
  • PA 507
  • PA 590
  • PA 739

Pike County Topographic Map

Topographic Map of Pike County, Pennsylvania
Pike County Topo map.

Pike County Satellite Map

Satellite Map of Pike County, Pennsylvania
Pike County satellite map.

Pike County Outline Map

Outline Map of Pike County, Pennsylvania
Pike County outline map.

See also

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