These Awe-Inspiring Views Are Worth the Trek
Lace up your hiking boots and discover Northeastern Pennsylvania’s natural wonders.
Crystal-clear water rushes over the rugged mountain cliffs, and the mossy smell of the forest fills the air. You don’t have to be a hardcore hiker to enjoy these incredible views. Our local parks and recreation areas are home to waterfalls that show off Mother Nature’s handiwork at its finest. You’ll even find Pennsylvania’s tallest waterfall right here in NEPA.
Pack your camera because these hikes offer great photo ops. We’ve rounded up some of the must-see waterfall hikes in the area, from family-friendly strolls through the park to challenging treks through the forests and ravines.
Soak Up the Views on These Waterfall Hikes:
Dingmans Creek Trail
The Dingmans Creek Trail is another waterfall hotspot located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The trail offers an easy 0.4-mile hike to Dingmans Falls, the second highest waterfall in Pennsylvania at 130 feet tall. You’ll also spot Silverthread Falls, which is 80 feet high. The trail has boardwalk paths, so most of it is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park
The Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park boasts 22 stunning waterfalls in just one hike. Make sure to stop at the majestic Ganoga Falls, the tallest waterfall on the trail at 94 feet high. The Falls Trail is steep and slippery, so come prepared with sturdy shoes. The entire trail system is 7.2 miles. You can see most of the waterfalls by completing the upper portion, which is 3.2 miles long.
Known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls features eight waterfalls within a 300-acre park. They have four different hiking trails for all ages and abilities. The easiest trail is a 15-minute walk that will take you directly to the Main Falls, which towers at 100 feet tall. Embrace the spirit of adventure on the red trail, a two-mile trek that passes all of the falls.
Lehigh Gorge Trail at Lehigh Gorge State Park
Buttermilk Falls and Luke’s Falls lie right along the Lehigh Gorge Trail, a 26-mile rail trail that connects White Haven and Jim Thorpe. For the easiest access, park at the Rockport trailhead at Lehigh Gorge State Park. Buttermilk Falls is located less than half a mile north of the parking area, while Luke’s Falls is about half a mile to the south. The smooth gravel trail makes for an easy walk or bike ride.
Fall Brook Trail at Salt Springs State Park
The Fall Brook Trail offers a moderate one-mile hike at Salt Springs State Park. Cross the bridge at the trailhead, and you’ll find yourself deep in the forests of Susquehanna County. Along the way, you’ll spot three gorgeous waterfalls cascading over the rocky ledges.
Davis Trail at Nay Aug Park
If you’re more comfortable in the urban jungle, try the Davis Trail at Nay Aug Park. The trail combines the beauty of nature with the convenience of the city. The highlight of this two-mile loop is Roaring Brook, which carved out a deep gorge and formed a magnificent waterfall. Even the kids can tackle this easy, family friendly hike.
Seven Tubs Recreation Area
Seven Tubs Recreation Area is located just five minutes from the bustle of downtown Wilkes-Barre. Wheelbarrow Run flows down the mountainside and forms the park’s unique “tubs,” the deep pools that took thousands of years to form. The trail system will take you along the ravine and through the lush forest.
Hawk Falls Trail at Hickory Run State Park
The Hawk Falls Trail at Hickory Run State Park is a scenic 0.6-mile hike. The trail is lined with thick rhododendrons that are full of pink blooms in the early summer. You’ll follow the creek and arrive at Hawk Falls, which is about 25 feet tall. The trail is easily accessible from the parking area off PA-534.
Frost Hollow Trail at Lackawanna State Park
This one might not be a “true” waterfall, but it’s captivating nonetheless. The dam at Lackawanna State Park spills over into the stream at the base of the Frost Hollow Trail. Head down to the bridge for some of the best views of the water and the rocky ravine.