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September 29, 2016

Nay Aug Waterfall | Scranton Pa

Tucked away in a deep gully, Nay Aug Waterfall is the treasure of Scranton, PA. Carved from glacier movement, this gorge is a place of beauty!  

Imagine arriving at the end of what seems to be an abandoned parking lot, a path appears and leads you towards a very well-built and maintained boardwalk. Following the forest boardwalk, what is Nay Aug Waterfall appears on your left hand side. As you make your way further down the trail at the end of the boardwalk, the gorgeous cliffs and waterfall reveal themselves in all their splendor. It’s a breathtaking sight every time.  

There are many heights and locations to jump from into this deep moving pool of water.  The most impressive is a 58-foot jump from the highest viewing deck. Be very weary of the current. If the water is high, then it is hard for even advanced swimmers to reach the falls and successfully climb back out.  Scaling the waterfall face is very dangerous as well because the footing is lacking and very slick.  One slip on the slippery limited foot space could lead to tragic results.

The alternative is to float downstream. If you simply exit on the left, and take the long way out.  This route is not fun; there are lots of hazards on the way back including: dangerous paths, train track trestle, scaling a cliff, and climbing a fence.

Parking: Large Parking area.

Trail Difficulty: The trail here is beautiful, and we suggest walking as much of this area as you can.  This park is well maintained and is a great place to hike and explore.

Depths: The middle of this pool is at least 25 feet deep. You can see where the hazards lie in the water because rocks clearly breach the water’s surface under some ledges.  Always send in a swimmer to adequately check all swimming and jumping areas. Make sure they have a safety device on; safety devices and good friends go a long way in the fight against losing lives while swimming.  During a camping trip in this area, a stranger in his late fifties had asked our group if anyone had touched the bottom.  When everyone responded “No,” he stated, “If any of you had said yes, I would have called you a Goddamn liar!  That thing is bottomless!”  That guy was awesome.

 

Thanks to our friends at Kingii, GraniteRocx, Ix’ChelDream and Serac Hammocks