On the edge of Scranton Pennsylvania lies an amazing gorge called Nay Aug Park. Miles of gorgeous trails, Nay Aug Waterfall, Step Falls Waterfall, and a unique treehouse with a boardwalk through the trees wait to be explored.
The Roaring Brook stream runs through the center of the park, offering amazing scenery along the trails. The stunning Nay Aug Falls is the most popular and easy to access waterfall in Nay Aug Park, though Step Falls is worth the extra effort if you’re game. The hike to Step Falls is not easy, having to deviate from the path, climb over a picket fence, navigate down a steep dirt hill, and walk live train tracks. This waterfall isn’t for the amature hiker.
Step falls drops over 40 feet. As the water descends, it
cascades down and splashes off the steps of the man made waterfall. At certain times of the day the sun illuminates the water as it splashes it’s way down the stone. One could watch the waters pour down the steps and off the surrounding cliffs for hours. It’s a truly beautiful sight and a relaxing environment.
The depths vary depending on the amount of water in the river though it’s generally 12 feet deep in the jumpable section of the falls. The surrounding rocks are worn slick from years of water erosion, even when they are dry the surface is slippery. Large boulders line the bottom of these waters as well, be sure to swim out the water to know the exact locations of the boulders prior to jumping. Or it may be your last jump.
Jumping from the falls is unsafe though the cliffs around the falls hold a few locations to leap from. With the highest being around 26 feet.
Step Falls is a gorgeous spot to visit and perfect for a nice swim on a hot day, but please always be sure to swim out the waters for depths and debris. Pollution is also a problem at this location, please pack out what you pack in and #KeepItClean.