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?

Silver Spray Falls, New Jersey

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Silver Spray Falls in May 2009

Silver Spray Falls is a fun waterfall in the Delaware Water Gap. You can access the falls from the same road as the more accessible Buttermilk Falls.

The most difficult part is finding the trail to the falls, and even that’s not too difficult. It’s just the trickiness of trying to interpret other people’s directions! (Update: this apparently is very true…I remember seeing a house near the fenced area, but apparently there isn’t one, at least not where I’m thinking…The house was off in the distance, if I remember correctly.) Once you find the trail, the walk is rather enjoyable and contains many hidden secrets. As I was hiking along in late May, I found another kind of orchid I had never seen and some kind of orange salamander. Keep an eye out for these fun treasures.

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. Turn right onto Mountain Road. You will pass a cemetery as you turn, and you will end up on a dirt road.
  4. Proceed 1.4 miles along Mountain Road.
  5. At 1.4 miles, you will reach the “parking area” for the trail will be the first dirt area on your left. This is apparently right before you reach a tiny bridge with guard rails. (Thanks Charles and others.) The remnants of a stone fence are there. It might not look like much, but you can fit at least one car there and hike up the trail.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 40′
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Silver Spray Falls?