Laurel Glen Falls, Pennsylvania

I think Laurel Glen Falls is an extremely cool waterfall, though the waterfall itself might actually be secondary. The falls is found in the Bushkill Falls park, which is very touristy, at least later in the day. While that does mean the area has been built up, it has been built up in an extremely cool way. I think that the the walkway that meanders around the glen is just the most interesting thing I’ve seen in terms of blending a walkway in with nature. It’s just a feast for the eyes to see the walkway weaving and winding.

Directions:

  1. You can access the Bushkill Falls park from US-209 in Pennsylvania.
  2. From US-209, turn onto Bushkill Falls Road near the town of Bushkill.
  3. From there, head down that road to the sign for the entrance to the park.
  4. Park in the parking lot. The park opens at different times depending on the season, but it is best to arrive as early as possible. It is a very popular attraction.
  5. From there, pay the entrance fee, making sure to get a brochure with map.
  6. I believe the red trail leads past Laurel Glen Falls at some point.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 10′
Length of Hike: 2 miles round-trip (to see all falls)

Laurel Glen Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Laurel Glen Falls?

Fulmer Falls, Pennsylvania

Fulmer Falls in May 2009

There are three bigger waterfalls in the Childs Park area of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: Deer Leap Falls, Factory Falls, and Fulmer Falls. I’ve already talked about the first two, so now I’m going to finish with Fulmer Falls.

I think Fulmer Falls might be the tallest of the three falls, though Factory Falls might also be around the same size. None of them are massive, but they are all pretty and extremely easy to visit. In order to view Fulmer Falls at its best, you do have to leave the wooden boardwalk, though it’s not hard to do. You just have to slip under to get that better view.

Directions:

  1. Go west on the PA-739 from the intersection of US-209 and PA-739 in Dingman’s Ferry for about 1 mile.
  2. Turn left on Silver Lake Road, and drive 1.5 miles to the Child’s Park parking lot.
  3. From the parking lot, start walking left toward the very clearly marked boardwalk/trail. Fulmer Falls is nearest the parking area.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 38′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Fulmer Falls?

Tillman Ravine Falls, New Jersey

I guess the most surprising thing about Tillman Ravine Falls is simply that it’s in a place you would least expect. I guess when I think of New Jersey, I imagine chemical plants and mobsters, though the area where this waterfall is found conjures up much different feelings. Tillman Ravine Falls is in Stokes State Forest, which is a beautiful area in northwest New Jersey. The waterfall seems very isolated, though there is a village nearby. It was amazingly quiet, though, and I didn’t see anyone else nearby.

The waterfall was narrow, and had multiple different pieces, though none of them were that large. I chose to include the picture below since it was the most scenic/photogenic of all of the pieces, though there are other equally interesting parts. It’s just fun to explore the area to find the various falls. The waterfall is also nearby the much larger Buttermilk Falls and Silver Spray Falls.

Directions:

  1. From Walpack Flatbrook Road (aka Sussex County Road 615), head toward Walpack Center.
  2. Turn onto Tillman Road. Go about 0.6 miles.
  3. The road then branches off in three directions. Continue going straight. Do not turn left or right!
  4. Go about 0.6 miles further to a parking area for Stokes State Forest, which will be on your right. Park here.
  5. From the parking area, walk down the hill toward the creek to the falls.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 10′ (for this portion)
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

Tillman Ravine Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Tillman Ravine Falls?

Unnamed Falls #2, Raymondskill Area, Pennsylvania

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A waterfall along the trail to Raymondskill Falls (May 2009)

I was looking for the base of Raymondskill Falls, and instead of finding he base, I happened upon this set of waterfalls on a tributary to Raymondskill Creek. The tributary is rather narrow, but the drop from the top of the road to Raymondskill Creek is pretty high. When water is flowing down this narrow tributary, there are two waterfalls that are present. I was surprised at how pretty these waterfalls were!

There is a clear trail down to these falls, but the trail is steep enough that your legs will burn. Still, it’s not by any means impossible, so I would encourage you to see if this waterfall is flowing when you visit Raymondskill Falls.

Directions:

  1. From I-84, take exit 46 to Milford.
  2. Go east on US-6 for a little more than 2 miles.
  3. Go south onto US-209 for 2.5 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Raymondskill Road. Go 0.3 miles to the parking lots. There are two different parking areas, one with a visitor’s center. Park at the first one that you encounter.
  5. From there, the trail will split. Take the trail that heads to the left. It might split again (I can’t remember.). If so, take that left also, and you’ll head downhill on a moderately steep slope. From here you’ll see the falls.

Accessibility: 6/10
Height: ~25′
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Unnamed Falls #2?

Factory Falls, Pennsylvania

Factory Falls in May 2009

Factory Falls is found in the Childs Park. There are two other waterfalls in the park, Deer Leap Falls and Fulmer Falls. Factory Falls is the furthest upstream in the park.

Factory Falls is one of those waterfalls that attracts a lot of people, partly because it’s so easy to get to. It is also a waterfall that people can get up close to, so you may notice some people on one of the rocks. People like to get right next to waterfalls, and Factory Falls fulfills that need.

Directions:

  1. Go west on the PA-739 from the intersection of US-209 and PA-739 in Dingman’s Ferry for about 1 mile.
  2. Turn left on Silver Lake Road, and drive 1.5 miles to the Child’s Park parking lot.
  3. From the parking lot, start walking left toward the trail. Factory Falls is the furthest falls upstream.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 28′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Factory Falls?

Upper Raymondskill Falls #2, Pennsylvania

Normally, most people only end up visiting Raymondskill Falls, clearly the largest of the falls. Upstream of Raymondskill Falls are three other waterfalls that you should check out too, simply because they’re so nearby.

Out of all of the waterfalls on or near Raymondskill Creek, the second upper falls is the least exciting of the bunch. The reason is that it is the hardest to view. I couldn’t figure out any good way to actually view the falls head-on. If you could, the waterfall would probably be very nice to see. You’ll end up passing the second falls on the way to the third falls which is more easily viewed. (Here’s more information about the first Upper Falls.)

Directions:

  1. From I-84, take exit 46 to Milford.
  2. Go east on US-6 for a little more than 2 miles.
  3. Go south onto US-209 for 2.5 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Raymondskill Road. Go 0.3 miles to the parking lots. There are two different parking areas, one with a visitor’s center. Both trails lead to Raymondskill Falls.
  5. From the uppermost viewpoint of Raymondskill Falls, you’ll see a slope that will lead you upstream. The slope is the most difficult part of the journey, as it is rather slippery.
  6. As you head upstream, follow the river as closely as possible. Be careful, though, as there are some steeper drops.
  7. After a quarter mile or so, you’ll come on the the group of three falls.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

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Upper Raymondskill Falls #2 in May 2009

Where in the World is Upper Raymondskill #2?

Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania

Bushkill Falls in May 2009

Bushkill Falls is the main attraction at the Bushkill Falls Park in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. It’s understandable considering that it’s a very beautiful waterfall. But it’s also a very busy place.

It’s not necessarily that I avoid crowds…I actually don’t mind compared to some people. It’s just that when it gets really busy, people have a tendency to stand in front of waterfalls and take every possible picture they can imagine. At Bushkill Falls, I waited to take a picture for a while, but it still worked out. The way to solve this problem is to arrive as early as possible. The operating hours change depending on the season, so check online. I arrived early enough that it wasn’t terribly busy at all. As I was leaving though, the visitors were starting to build up.

  1. You can access the Bushkill Falls park from US-209 in Pennsylvania.
  2. From US-209, turn onto Bushkill Falls Road near the town of Bushkill.
  3. From there, head down that road to the sign for the entrance to the park.
  4. Park in the parking lot. The park opens at different times depending on the season, but it is best to arrive as early as possible. It is a very popular attraction.
  5. From there, pay the entrance fee, making sure to get a brochure with map. The map will help you get to Bushkill Falls.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 65′
Length of Hike: 2 miles round-trip (to see all falls)

Where in the World is Bushkill Falls?

Upper Laurel Falls, New Jersey

When I first tried to visit Laurel Falls and the other falls in the Delaware Water Gap, the weather thwarted my attempts. Some intense storms passed through. From what I had seen though, even when storming, I knew I had to go back and visit some of the falls on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap.

There are two falls, an Upper Falls and a Lower Falls. The Upper Falls has two drops separated by a very short distance. The walk up to the falls was just beautiful…there is just such a calming vibe that comes when walking to these falls. And while they’re not large falls, the falls here are still just as attractive as many other larger ones I’ve visited.

Directions:

  1. On I-80, take exit #1 (in New Jersey). Depending on whether you’re going east or west, it can be easy or complicated. Going west, it’s just a straight-shoot exit. If you’re going east, you will have to exit at the visitor’s center, loop around, briefly get back on I-80 heading WEST and then take exit #1.
  2. Once you’ve exited, you’ll head north on NJ-606 (Old Mine Road). At one point, you will end up on a one-lane road, so you might have a little wait because of stop lights.
  3. After about 3.8 miles on NJ-606, you’ll reach a campground/parking area on your left. It is for the Worthington State Forest, and there will be a bathroom there, along with a park and camping. Park here, if possible. (On weekends or holidays, it may be VERY difficult to find parking.)
  4. From the parking area, cross the road, and head up Douglas Trail. Follow the creek there and you’re sure to find the falls.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 30′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Upper Laurel Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Upper Laurel Falls?

Raymondskill Falls, Pennsylvania

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Raymondskill Falls in May 2009

Raymondskill Falls is a very complex waterfall, and it’s rather difficult to describe. The waterfall is found in Pennsylvania in the Delaware Water Gap. This is the largest of the drops on Raymondskill Creek, but there are at least three other considerable drops (Upper Raymondskill Falls #1, #2, and #3).

Raymondskill Falls itself is actually composed of three separate drops. The upper two drops can be photographed together, but I don’t think you’ll be able to get all three drops together. There may be a way to view the third drop from its base, but I could not figure out a way to see it. I tried walking down some of the other trails, but in the end I could not view the third drop head-on. I did find some other smaller unnamed waterfalls (#1 and #2).

When you’re viewing the third falls from above, you may notice another smaller waterfall to the left. I don’t know if this one has a name, but it’s a pretty waterfall that adds to the beauty of Raymondskill Falls.

Directions:

  1. From I-84, take exit 46 to Milford.
  2. Go east on US-6 for a little more than 2 miles.
  3. Go south onto US-209 for 2.5 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Raymondskill Road. Go 0.3 miles to the parking lots. There are two different parking areas, one with a visitor’s center. Both lead to the same views of the falls.

*If you want information about how to get to the base of the third drop of Raymondskill Falls, check out Waterfalls of the Mid-Atlantic States by Gary Letcher. He provides some possible directions, but I couldn’t figure out the first option. Maybe you can.

Accessibility: 7/10 (moderately steep in some places, but still a very short walk to the falls)
Height: 150′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

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Raymondskill Falls and an unnamed waterfall to the left

Where in the World is Raymondskill Falls?

Resica Falls, Pennsylvania

Resica Falls probably gets overshadowed by Bushkill Falls and its relatives. Resica Falls is not too distant from Bushkill Falls, and is a beautiful waterfall, but Bushkill Falls Park has eight different waterfalls. Resica Falls has one. Even so, if you’re in the area, you should check out Resica Falls.

Resica Falls is on private property, but access is allowed by the Boy Scouts. This is great, as some of the other waterfalls in the area are not accessible solely because of private ownership. They even have a picnic area near the falls, I believe. Even though it seems like you shouldn’t enter at all, drive a little ways in and you’ll see this great, very accessible waterfall.

Directions:

  1. From I-80, take exit 309 in Pennsylvania.
  2. Go north on US-209 for almost 4 miles.
  3. At the light, turn left onto PA-402 (Resica Falls Road). Go on PA-402 for 5.2 miles.
  4. You will pass over a bridge, and then you will see the entrance to the Resica Falls Scout Reservation.
  5. Enter here and after a very short distance, you will find parking for Resica Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 25′
Length of Hike: roadside

Resica Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Resica Falls?