Bridalveil Falls, Pennsylvania

Bridalveil Falls in May 2009

I don’t have much to say about Bridalveil Falls except to reiterate what I’ve likely said before. Bridalveil Falls is found in the Bushkill Falls Park in the Delaware Water Gap region of Northeast Pennsylvania. There is a fee to enter the park, and there is a beautiful trail leading to beautiful views of ten or so waterfalls.

Bridalveil Falls is found in between the two Bridesmaid Falls (#1 and #2). I think it is taller than it appears in the picture. It’s a rather easy hike to the fails, and there are a number of stairs that lead you up and down the trail. While the sign mentions that the red trail can be strenuous, the overall hike is mild in comparison to some other hikes I’ve been on.

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. The map will help you get to Bridesmaid Falls and its wedding partners.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 28′
Length of Hike: 2 miles round-trip (to see all falls)

Where in the World is Bridalveil Falls?

Upper Raymondskill Falls #1, Pennsylvania

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Upper Raymondskill Falls #1 in May 2009

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.

It’s not exactly obvious that these waterfalls are accessible, but they are not terribly difficult to get to. The hardest part is the initial, but very short, climb up a slope that is relatively slippery. After the hike to the falls, you’ll see of the first of the three waterfalls. This is one of the better less advertised waterfalls in the area. I don’t remember how tall it is, but it is surprisingly beautiful. (Here’s more information about Upper Falls #2 and #3.

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: 35′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

Where in the World is Upper Raymondskill Falls #1?

Bridesmaid Falls #1, Pennsylvania

Alright, so here’s the confusing part. In Bushkill Falls Park, there are two waterfalls on the same creek that are named Bridesmaid Falls (info on #2). I guess when somebody looked at both of them, the first thing they thought about were weddings. Maybe somebody was getting married and they were really excited? There is also a Bridalveil Falls on the same creek.

While Bushkill Falls is the main attraction in the park, you should definitely visit this group of waterfalls, as they are very beautiful. There is an entrance fee, so take advantage of it. The hike around the park is really very nice.

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. The map will help you get to Bridesmaid Falls and its wedding partners.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 18′
Length of Hike: 2 miles round-trip (to see all falls)

Bridesmaid Falls #1 in May 2009

Where in the World is Bridesmaid Falls?

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?

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?