Pike County, Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total area of 567 square miles, of which 545 square miles is land and 22 square miles (3.9%) is water. It borders Sullivan County, New York to the north and Orange County, New York to the east. It is approximately a 1-1/2 hour drive from Westchester County, NY, where I reside. It is my go to place when I am in the mood for a good waterfall.
There are many gorgeous waterfalls In Pike County, Pennsylvania. Quite a few are clustered together with relatively short hikes to the falls. This makes viewing numerous falls in one day possible. I have visited the different falls on several occasions in different seasons. I will start out by listing the name, location and images of the falls. Clicking on the location/falls name will give you the GPS location of the trailhead/entrance to the waterfalls. This guide will help you to easily find your way to some of nature’s beauties that Pike County has to offer.
George W. Childs Recreation Site is a very attractive park, which is a part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area and includes hemlock groves and cascading waterfalls, along with picnic areas, restrooms, and an easy 1.4 mile loop trail along the falls. It is located in Dingmans Ferry, in Delaware Township. The three main waterfalls are Factory Falls, Fulmer Falls and Deer Leap Falls. All 3 waterfalls are beautiful and are easily viewed from different vantage points along the trail.
Dingmans Falls Visitors Center has two waterfalls. Dingmans Falls which at 130 feet is the second highest waterfall in the state and Silverthread Falls, drops a thin ribbon of water 80 feet and is located along the way to Dingmans Falls. Dingmans Creek Trail is a .4 mile wheelchair accessible flat boardwalk that meanders through a hemlock ravine.
Raymondskill Falls is a series of three cascading waterfalls located on Raymondskill Creek in Dingman Township. The three tiers have a combined height of approximately 150 feet. It is the tallest waterfall in the state of Pennsylvania. It is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Raymondskill Creek Trail is .3 miles long, but is steep in places and somewhat uneven. Since the first three locations I have listed are in close proximity to each other and involve short hikes to view the waterfalls, I have on several occasions visited all six falls in one day.
Hackers Falls is in Milford, with the 1.4 miles (one way) yellow blazed Hackers Trail located right across the street from the Raymondskill Falls parking lot. You will hike over rolling hills and through hemlock and mixed hardwood forests.
Shohola Falls is located in Shohola Township, which is 10 miles northwest of Milford, in State Game Lands 180. It is a very picturesque spot with a lake, a dam and the falls. The trail to the waterfall is unblazed and is easy to get to. Further down the trail there is a ledge which is angled and slippery from the spray. The view point from this ledge is directly across from the falls. One should take extreme caution at this area and should probably be avoided if there is ice. It is also a State Game land, so if hiking away from the falls you should wear orange. The falls are a multi-tier level of falls flowing from Shohola Creek and continuing down the river.
Hornbecks Creek Falls is another gorgeous waterfall in Dingmans Ferry. The Hornbecks Creek trailhead is located at mile marker 10.4 on US 209, just south of Chestnut Hill Road. It is a short drive up the gravel road to the trailhead. The trail follows an old roadbed along Hornbecks Creek and is approximately a 1 mile hike to the falls.
Indian Ladder Falls is located near Hornbecks Creek Falls and was once reachable along the Hornbecks Creek Trail. A portion of the trail has sloughed off, causing a hazardous condition between the two falls. I normally visit both falls, but return to the vehicle and drive to Emery Road where Indian Ladder Falls is just a short walk from the trailhead.
Tumbling Waters Falls at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry is just down the road from the Indian Ladders trailhead. The PEEC offers six trails that vary in distance and difficulty. All trails are loops that begin and end on the PEEC Campus. The trail to the waterfall is the Tumbling Waters Trail (orange blazes), which is a 3 mile loop and has a moderate level of difficulty. It is a nice hike through a hemlock forest, a mixed oak forest and views of the Delaware Valley & the Kittatinny Mountains in New Jersey.
I have visited many waterfalls in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Unless you are visiting one of the state parks that has many waterfalls, most often the falls are spread out throughout the states. With most waterfalls they tend to be at their best after the winter thaw and dry out some during the summer months. Pike County, Pennsylvania has many waterfalls in close proximity that are usually running strong throughout the year. Keep in mind that the easier it is to get to a waterfall, the more likely there will be more people visiting it. I tend to go early mornings and more times than not I feel like I have the place to myself. I hope that you enjoyed my latest entry and don’t forget to follow my blog. See you on the trail.