About Mtn Top
Mountaintop is situated in the Pocono Northeast. Access to interstate highways in any direction is quick and easy. Conveniently located on Route 309, Mountaintop lies four miles south of Route 81, eight miles north of Route 80, and ten miles north of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport serving the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area is only 15 minutes away.
Mountaintop offers clean air, fresh water, low taxes, excellent schools, friendly people, scenic surroundings, safe streets and a whole lot more. It’s a great place to live and raise a family!
Nestled between the Penobscot and Nescopeck Mountains, Mountaintop offers its residents rural charm with the conveniences of cosmopolitan living. Featuring the beauty of the Poconos, no other community in the greater Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area offers you:
- An energetic, growing community;
- A variety of stores to meet your everyday shopping needs;
- Sporting and recreational activities which include cold mountain streams full of fish, plus lakes for swimming and boating;
- Churches, community organizations, recreational opportunities to fit your interests;
- Schools that consistently score well above the state expected scores in both reading and math;
- Municipalities that enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the county;
- The Crestwood Industrial Park, a 1,050 acre park conveniently located in proximity to Interstates 80 and 81, is one of the area’s most popular industrial parks and was recently the site of two of Northeast Pennsylvania’s largest job creation projects ( for additional information visit http://www.wilkesbarre.org/ed ); and,
- Easy access by car or bus to New York City (2 ½ hours), Philadelphia (2 hours), or Washington, D.C. (4 hours).
Mountaintop is many things to many people. To its retired population, it is a retreat from the big cities in a close community where everyone is your neighbor. To farmers, it is their homestead. To young families, it is a great place to raise their children. We boast of one of the lowest crime rates in the nation.
The area’s relatively low cost of living is reflected in its inexpensive, yet well situated real estate.
- New housing developments offer a diversity of town houses and homes from traditional and country styles to contemporary and ranch, in settings reminiscent of a country manor.
- Prefer some space? Lovely two to five acre lots offer nature at your back door with plenty of room for a summer garden or swimming pool.
- Former summer resort homes are now year-round residences with turn-of-the-century charm.
- Agriculture has played a key role in Mountaintop’s history. Today, family farms which raise corn and livestock, dot the countryside.
- Volunteer recycling programs are in place in most Mountaintop communities.
- All this country appeal comes with the benefit of public water and state of the art public sewage facilities in most developments.
A strong sense of community brings Mountaintop residents together to participate in a large variety of activities.
- Organizations in the area include Mountaintop on the Move, Kiwanis, Mountaintop Woman’s Club, Rotary Club, Boy and Girl Scouting Organization, among others.
- Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist and other churches sponsor social, educational, and athletic events open to the community.
- Sports opportunities are available through school teams and the Youth Soccer, Baseball, Softball, and Basketball Associations. The 30 acre Mountaintop Baseball and Softball Association Field Complex on Alberdeen Road is home to Mountaintop Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. The Mountaintop Youth Soccer and Whitewater Cup Complex is a 52 acre site under construction which when completed will contain 11 soccer fields, a field house and a 300 car parking lot. Two public parks offer swimming, tennis, basketball, playgrounds, playing fields, and structured children’s summer programs.
- The Mountaintop Area Recreation Association has developed preliminary plans for a year round community recreational activity center which will include a 6 lane heated swimming pool, indoor walking track, therapy pool and community room. This facility will meet the fitness, wellness, therapeutic, social, and educational needs of our entire community.
- Nescopeck State Park and Hickory Run State Park are within a short driving distance. They provide a wide variety of seasonal activities for all ages. For general State Park information call 1-888-PAPARKS or log on to www.state.pa.us and access PA Keyword State Parks. For a complete listing of programs offered by the Bureau of State Parks visit http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/calendar/calendar.aspx.
- Crestwood Area Community Education (CACE) welcomes anyone age 18 or older to attend their adult division, self-enrichment classes. These non-profit classes included a wide variety of course offerings from exercise to basket weaving. For more information contact Eva Pogash at 474-5050 or CACEcoor@aol.com.
- Four Public golf courses are located within a ten minute drive.
- For the sportsperson, there are plenty of wooded areas and State Game Lands for hunting and cool mountain lakes and streams for fishing.
- Local groups sponsor annual picnics, parades, bazaars, dinners, breakfasts, and other fund raising events.
- The Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza (www.wachoviaarena.com) is an 8,500 seat multi-entertainment venue that is just minutes away. It is home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers of the NHL, and the Arena Football 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers.
- Preliminary work has begun on the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township ( www.mohegansunpocono.com ). This 400,000 square foot gaming and entertainment facility complex will have a complete entertainment experience that will include 2,000 slot machines, three full-service restaurants, a 300 seat buffet, 1,500 square foot food court, several bars and lounges, an 18,000 square foot nightclub, a “Kid’s Quest” center, and 20,000 square feet of retail space.
- Winter sets the stage for skiing at Montage, Big Boulder, or Jack Frost all less than a half hour drive.
- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the AAA baseball team of the New York Yankees, play their summer season at PNC Field in Lackawanna County.
The Crestwood School District encompasses 110 square miles and includes Fairview and Rice Elementary Schools, and the Crestwood Middle/High School. The school district is committed to creating well-rounded individuals through a variety of educational programs, interscholastic sports, and extra-curricular activities. In Mountaintop, this educational commitments pay off.
In addition to the public school system, Mountaintop offers St. Jude’s Catholic Elementary School. Transportation is available to three private secondary schools within the local area. For younger children, nursery schools, preschools, and several day care centers with structured learning programs are available.
- In the Fall of 2005, Crestwood High School recorded SAT scores above Pennsylvania and national averages in both verbal and math skills and ranked as one of the leaders in Wyoming Valley. PSSA scores exceeded the state standard by 25 percentage points in reading and 18 percentage points in math.
- Eighty-four percent of our seniors enroll in higher education programs.
- Some of the finest high school field hockey in the state, perhaps even the nation, is played in the Wyoming Valley Conference. The Crestwood High School Field Hockey Team won the AA State Championship in 1988, 1999, 2003, and 2004.
Everything from groceries to children’s shoes to delightful country crafts is only a few minutes from your home in Mountaintop:
For more information about shopping in Mountaintop, visit the Mountaintop Business Alliance web site at http://www.mtba.biz.
- Two major chain supermarkets,
- Pharmacies which offer 24 hour emergency service,
- A variety of country, floral, and gift shops,
- Restaurants for casual or formal dining,
- A variety of fast food restaurants,
- A full line of pet supplies and feed store,
- Video rentals, dry cleaners, hardware and garden stores, and
- Seven malls are conveniently located just minutes from Mountaintop, as well as metropolitan shopping in the cities of Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Scranton.
Donated in 1985 by the Kirby Foundation, the Marion Sutherland Kirby Library, a member of the Luzerne County Library System, offers the community a wide variety of books, magazines, videos, DVDs, music cds, and reference materials. It also sponsors children’s story hours, summer reading programs, adult programs, the Books for Babies Program, book discussion groups, and serves as a community meeting place. The library invites you to join Friends of the Library. For more information about the library, visit the library’s web site at http://www.kirbylib.org.
Several hospital affiliated clinics are available to serve your medical needs. In addition, many physicians and dentists maintain private practices in the community. Three major hospitals are located within a 15 minute drive.
The Mountaintop Free Medical Clinic at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd. is open to community members on Monday. Registration is at 6:30 P.M. For information contact Alice Doxsey at 678-7648. St. Paul’s also hosts meetings of AA on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 7 P.M. and NA on Thursday evening at 6 P.M.
The Mountaintop Senior Citizen’s Center is located at Wright Manor at 460 S. Main Road in Mountaintop. The Senior Center is sponsored by the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Office of the Aging and provides activities and lunch for seniors 60 and older. The Center is open from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Monday through Friday. The Nutrition Center serves hot meals at noon each day. Reservations for the noon meal are needed one day in advance. For senior citizen information contact the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Bureau of the Aging at 822-1158. For information about the Mountaintop Senior Center contact Acting Manager Audrey Koch at 868-8517.
Volunteer community ambulance services are staffed with trained personnel providing excellent coverage in the event of an emergency. Professional paramedics are also dispatched for life threatening emergencies. A heliport located in Fairview Township for emergency air medivac situations is a major community asset. Volunteers are needed for all Ambulance Associations. The Mountaintop Ambulance Association will pay for training for their volunteers.
Volunteer fire departments are well staffed and are trained, equipped, and strongly supported by the community. Police protection and basic services are available through the local townships. The townships work together to insure quality emergency and routine services for the entire Mountaintop area.
The Mountaintop Food Bank is open to Mountaintop residents in need. It is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd. It is open on Friday morning from 9:30 to 12:00. Donations are always needed. For information call 474-6616.
The Attic provides home furnishings for needy families. Donations and volunteers are needed. Please contact St. Paul’s Church at 474-6616 or St. Jude’s Church at 474-6315.
The Mountaintop Blood Council works with the American Red Cross to coordinate blood drives in the Mountaintop area. Volunteer and donors are needed. Please contact Carole Williams at 474-9155.
The Wright Township Recycling Center is open to all Mountaintop residents from 7 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Saturday. The Center accepts glass, plastics, newspaper, 1 and 2 aluminum, and metal cans. Dorrance, Fairview, and Wright Townships will open a yard waste recycling center in the Crestwood Industrial Park in the Fall of 2006.