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?

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?

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?

Pennell Falls, Pennsylvania

Here’s a smaller falls that probably gets overshadowed by larger falls in the immediate vicinity. This is Pennell Falls, which can be found in the Bushkill Falls tourist attraction. Pennell Falls is not the main attraction, partly because it’s off on a trail that doesn’t directly pass by Bushkill Falls. Even so, if you’re visiting Bushkill Falls, you should check out this pretty little waterfall.

The trail to the falls is extremely enjoyable. The family that runs the park has built beautiful wooden bridges and walkways that lead you around to the different falls. One of the trails, the red one, leads off to Pennell Falls, and then connects all the way around to the other falls. The red trail, while being denoted as a “difficult” trail, is not that difficult, and hits all the major falls in the park, and even a few that aren’t mentioned.

  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. The red trail will lead you to all of the waterfalls in the park.

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

Pennell Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Pennell Falls?

Silver Thread Falls, Pennsylvania

Silver Thread Falls in late May 2009

Silver Thread Falls is a very easily accessible waterfall in the Delaware Water Gap on the Pennsylvania side. It is rather tall, but very narrow, and I think that makes it a very beautiful waterfall. Dingmans Falls is right on the same boardwalk/path, so you get double the waterfall fun.

Directions:

  1. As you’re driving along US-209 in Pennsylvania, you will enter the town of Dingman’s Ferry. Continue south on US-209 for a short distance.
  2. There will be a sign for Dingmans Falls, and you will turn right onto Johnny B Mountain Road.
  3. Head down Johnny B Mountain Road to the parking lot for the falls.
  4. Head down the handicapped accessible trail. Silver Thread Falls will be the first falls you encounter.

Note about Dingman’s Ferry: This is one of the few places where you can drive into New Jersey across the Delaware River. There are only a few bridges that allow access across the river, so if you’re looking for some waterfalls in New Jersey, this may be a good place to cross. (Buttermilk Falls and other New Jersey waterfalls in the Delaware Water Gap are most easily accessed by crossing this bridge.)

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 80′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Silver Thread Falls?

Deer Leap Falls, Pennsylvania

Deer Leap Falls in May 2009

Deer Leap Falls is one of many waterfalls on Dingmans Creek in the Delaware Water Gap, and one of three falls (Factory Falls and Fulmer Falls) in Childs Park near Dingman’s Ferry. It is a very pretty waterfall that is very easy to access. The water isn’t deep near the waterfall, and so people were playing around in the water near the falls. Two other waterfalls are found in the same vicinity at Child’s Park.

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. You may pass by Fulmer Falls. Walk down the trail to Deer Leap Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 25′
Length of Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Deer Leap Falls?