Hawley is an active, friendly town with gourmet dining options and a thriving arts community, situated at the north end of 13 mile long Lake Wallenpaupack. Featuring some beautifully restored ante-bellum homes, there are 24 acres of protected green space inside the Hawley Borough Park System for visitors and residents to enjoy, in addition to the many events, attractions, and lake activities available. In 2011, Hawley was featured in the WVIA “Our Town”series.
Lake Wallenpaupack’s fifty two miles of shoreline offer ample room for swimming, fishing, boating, tubing, water skiing, plus nearby hiking trails and wetlands for exploring and eagle watching. Boat tours and slips are available from Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours in the warmer months. The lake is also home to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center featuring an auditorium, science laboratory, resource library, glass museum, Native American artifacts, and meeting rooms with environmental programs offered to the public year-round.
The lake is also the inspiration for Wally Lake Fest, featuring art exhibits, the Grand Boat Parade, the Open Market Fair with artisan food purveyors, specialty arts, crafts and jewelry, as well as the Boat & PWC Expo at the High School and festivities on Main Street for a night on the town. Other town festivals include the Hawley Harvest Hoedown with children’s games, pumpkin decorating, face painting, live entertainment, food, and a 5k Run and Fun Run/Walk. Hawley Winterfest is a three day event to celebrate the town’s Victorian roots passing to 21st century with delicious holiday fare, music, a children's show at the Ritz Playhouse, featured artists and authors, carving from Sculpted Ice Works, gingerbread decorating, the Winterfest Express train ride from Honesdale, horse-drawn carriage rides, and holiday house tours.
Hawley also boasts diverse activities and sites for all visitors. Challenging courses are available from Paupack Hills Golf and Country Club, and Woodloch Resorts for adults and Costa’s Family Fun Park has go karts, bumper boats, a driving range, and batting cages for kids and the young at heart. Treat your taste buds with sweets from nostalgic Penny Lane Candies or challenge yourself with a lesson at Torte Knox cooking school. Indulge your artistic tastes through the Black Bear Music Conservatory or the Ritz Playhouse, or with an evening of music, performance, or poetry at Harmony Presentsthe Hawley Silk Mill. The Hawley Silk Mill itself is an architectural delight, formerly the Bellemonte Silk Mill, it is the largest blue stone structure in the world, and on the Register of Historic Places. Today it houses various professional offices and retail shops, Lake Region Fitness, the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and the Lackawanna College Lake Region Center.
Hawley's quality of life and proximity to New York and Philadelphia, make it a perfect place to live, do business, or just get away from it all.