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November 3, 2016

Eastern Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip | All Season Guide

Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip

On our adventures using the Big Swings App, we frequently find amazing Eastern Pennsylvania Waterfall systems. So, we came up with the Ultimate Eastern Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip. You won’t find these spots in just any waterfall guide either. Make a day trip to a few, or use a weekend to explore them all! Every location listed is marked in the Big Swings App with directions, ratings, comments, and photos. Get your free download here… Big Swings App – The ultimate waterfall guide.

*As fair warning some of these Pennsylvania Waterfall locations are on private property and you may face fines for being there. Big Swings does not condone trespassing. 

1. Adams Falls

Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip

Photo: Nick D’Amico

The first stop on the Eastern Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip hides deep in a secluded valley away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Adams Falls pours into a majestic pool. Surrounded by large jagged cliffs and hillsides covered in hardwoods, this is a must-see for any waterfall and hiking enthusiast.

In general, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is known for its hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. The whole region is full of amazing trails and activities for any outdoor lover. Adams Falls and the surrounding falls are sometimes hidden by the “privately owned” Bushkill Falls located at the south entrance to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Bushkill Falls will cost you around 15 bucks per adult. We suggest skipping this, and instead, use the Big Swings App to discover all of the free waterfall destinations just miles from each other all through this area.

Hike: Moderate – Two natural river crossings and a small cliff to climb over.

Legality: Legal

Area: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Parking: Two small lots, one at the base of the trail and one across the street from the base of the trail. Do not park outside the parking areas; you will be ticketed.

Pollution: This area is maintained by several groups; though, pollution can get bad as summer winds down. Please pack out what you pack in #KeepItClean and #LeaveNoTrace.

2. Hackers Falls

Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip

Photo: Marc Kelly

Another beautiful waterfall in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Hackers Falls stands 21 feet with cliffs rising on either side. The hike is around a mile and a half and can be steep with loose rocks from time to time. After an incline or two, the trail rapidly descends into the thick forest of Northeast Pennsylvania. Sounds of water pouring into the plunge pool echo through the valley as the trail nears the falls. Trails bring onlookers to the top and bottom of the falls for exploring and relaxing. Hackers Falls is a great waterfall stop anytime of the year.

Hike: Easy/Moderate

Area: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Legality: Legal

Parking: Great parking lot with a public restroom outfitted with a single toilet. Big Swings App has free directions that will guide you directly to this destination 😉

Pollution: Very Little

3. Nay Aug Gorge Falls

Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip

Photo: Nick D’Amico

This hidden gorge on the edge of Scranton, PA is a spectacular sight. The path leads up and down the small roaring brook with stunning overlooks of the gorge and falls along the way. Furthermore, the path holds a man-made boardwalk leading up and into the trees. At the boardwalks end, a tree house overlook allows hikers to peer into the gorge from the tree tops making this a truly unique Pennsylvania waterfall location.

Depending on the water levels, the falls could be gentle or roaring. Either way, the 16-foot waterfall is beautiful year round. Lying at the absolute base of the gorge, the waterfall is surrounded by 60+ foot cliffs carved by centuries of water flow and earth movement. A perfect lesson in erosion and geological uplift over long periods of time.

Hike: Easy, Maintained.

Area: Scranton, Pa

Legality: Legal

Parking: Excellent!!

Pollution: Pollution can be a problem at this location. Do your part and #KeepItClean, please pack out what you pack in.

Fun Fact – Gorge is a French word for neck or throat.

4. Sullivan Falls

Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip

Photo: Marc Kelly

The falls stand 40 feet above the deep, cold plunge pool. The canopy blocks the sky above only allowing small rays of light to reach the forest floor. The rock surfaces, upstream from the falls, are worn smooth from years of water erosion. This evolution of the land and water is evident in the large potholes and slick crevasses along the river bed. Be extra safe, and take your time walking these slippery surfaces. Areas will visually appear non-slick; however, these rocks are deceiving.

Finding this waterfall was no easy task. The parking location was unmarked and practically indistinguishable. Luckily, the Big Swings Staff marked this location in the app making navigation super easy now! Entering the Sullivan Falls Waterfall Icon in the app and tapping directions will immediately navigate you to the parking location. Sullivan Falls is just miles from the well known Ricketts Glen State Park but not as overcrowded. A beautiful place to spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of wild Pennsylvania.

Hike: Easy, 30-second walk down a small hill.

Area: State Game Lands 13

Legality: Legal

Parking: Trust the Big Swings App to put you in the right place for this one adventurers.

Pollution: None, please keep it that way.

5. Powder Hole

Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip

Photo: Dana Slifer

These remnants of a once prosperous powder mill are known to most locals. Explorers of all kinds hike the mile long trail year round. The hike is quiet and unjaded. Wapwallopen Creek gently flows past as adventurers make their way towards the falls. The hike is easy to moderate due to some hole hazards and unstable rocks on the journey.

Powder Hole Waterfall cascades down 32 feet of cliff face with a thin, rusted train trestle crossing just 10 feet above it. The waterfall pours into a thin rock gorge then moves to a large pool area. The pool is surrounded by beautiful cliffs and man made rock walls.

Just next to the falls, the grey, abandoned powder mill is only half standing. Stone walls, stone rooms with no ceilings, large forgotten pipes, and empty foundations- evidence of a time before the social realities we live in today.

Hike: Easy/Moderate

Area: Wapwallopen, Pa

Legality: This is private property.

Parking: Search “Powder Hole Parking” in the Big Swings App

Pollution: This location has a pollution problem. If you visit please bring a trash bag #LeaveNoTrace and #KeepItClean.

Fun Fact: This location was originally owned by the DuPont Family. It was actually the very first DuPont Powder Mill ever.

6. Hawk Falls

Pennsylvania Waterfall Trip

Photo: Shutta App

Just a half mile or so hike from the roadside parking, set in a valley amidst the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, stands Hawk Falls. The unique rock formation that makes up the falls is quite remarkable; thousands of people come to visit the location every summer. They are normally either looking for a place to cool down or explore with their loved ones and family.

The trails are easy to moderate. They can be a bit slick when wet. Please help out in the efforts to #KeepItClean and #LeaveNoTrace so others can enjoy this great little waterfall hike!

Hike: Easy/Moderate depending on how wet the ground is. The rocks and dirt path become awfully dangerous when saturated.

Area: Kidder Township

Legality: Legal

Parking: Spots along the two lane road.

Pollution: Very Little

 

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