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October 13, 2016

Powder Hole | PA

Known only to a few,

Powder Hole is a 28-foot waterfall below a 19th century train trestle, deep amid the Pocono Mountains on the Wapwallopen Creek. The mill was constructed as the Dupont’s first Powder Mill. They harnessed the power of the river to make blasting powder, hence the name ‘Powder Hole’.

The hike into Powder Hole is beautiful. Parking is flat and easy on Rt. 239 at River Road. The trail to the falls is on the east side of the road. The path runs along the beautiful Wapwallopen Creek for just over a mile before reaching the old foundations of the old mill. Once past the old mill ruins, the path brings you to the base of Powder Hole. A plunge pool lays in front of cliff faces and and thin, old trestle crossing. It’s a thing of beauty.

Water depths vary, and the bottom is solid rock. Under the bridge, right beyond the bubbles, there is only a 10-foot deep hole with some large boulders on the riverbed in wait. A jump from here must be calculated exactly. One must take every safety precaution and must have extreme skill to attempt any jumps like these. The water level below the cliffs on either side of the bridge generally have a 12 foot depth. Large boulders beneath the water are unseen, and sometimes a miscellaneous tree trunk is meandering about. Check the waters for depths and debris prior to jumping every time! Knowing the location of submerged rocks is crucial for any jump here.

Parking:  RT. 239 at River Road.  the trail is on the east side of the road.

Trail Difficulty: Gorgeous trail, easy to moderate depending on skill level.

Depths: Depths vary depending on water levels, though on average the area right below the bridge tops out at 10′ <—-Sketch. The water below the cliffs on the left of the falls are generally 14′ deep, and the depth from forty foot jump on the right on the falls is only 10′ deep with large boulders below the waters surface.