The forested peaks and lush valleys of the Poconos give rise to a majestic natural phenomenon: waterfalls. With the abundant beauty of the Poconos, waterfalls here are uniquely spectacular as verdant vegetation frames them, with panoramic vistas to boot.
While the natural beauty is undeniably a significant component of the splendor of the Poconos, waterfalls are not the only attraction you’ll find here. Request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide to find out what other experiences you might be missing! It is filled with top recommendations for all the best that the area has to offer, from dining to outdoor recreation.
Waterfalls Near Poconos, PA
Many of the following hikes are challenging and steep as they take you to high altitudes appropriate for getting the full experience and the most out of the views. These cascading torrents are awe-inspiring. Experience satisfying hikes that bring you to fantastic vantage points where you can recover in the refreshing aura of the falls.
Bushkill Falls is a privately-owned park that offers more than the usual experience you may have with a waterfall. The eight falls have earned the moniker “The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” with the main cascade falling 100 feet. In all, there are four trails of varying difficulty that leading to the observation points overlooking the breathtaking falls. The longer hikes reward you with views of all the picturesque falls.
Since there is so much to do here, be sure to plan to spend at least a half day when you visit. Once you’ve had your fill of the falls, you can play a round of miniature golf, mine for gemstones, and observe the various historical exhibits. If you get hungry, there is a sweets shop onsite. If you’d like a souvenir, stop by the gift shop.
This may well be among the most challenging hikes on this list, but considering that it offers views of 21 beautiful waterfalls along its winding and at times steep and rocky length, it is a rewarding hike. This trail is found in the Ricketts Glen State Park. The full length of the loop Falls Trail is 7.2 miles, so be sure that you are in the kind of condition required for a hike of this length, and that you have adequate footwear.
Glen Onoko Falls
This hike features a challenging foray through some foliage and over some rocks, with views of three main falls as well as some smaller ones in the stream that runs parallel to the trail. The reason why the 7.4-mile loop Glen Onoko Falls Trail is strenuous differs from why the others on this list are difficult. It is still steep like the others, but you’ll have to watch your footing more, and since the trail is not kept up by a state or national park, it can be somewhat harder to follow. However, it’s a beautiful trail, and there are many picture points to capture the lovely falls.
The Hawk Falls Trail is a modest 0.6-mile trail within the Hickory Run State Park, home of Boulder Field. You’ll cross the creek on a rustic footbridge and ends with views of the 25-foot Hawk Falls. This trail is also an access point for fishing in Mud Run.
Waterfalls in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The following falls are all within the Delaware Water Gap; some are on the Pennsylvania side, and some are on the New Jersey side. Several trails within the Delaware Water Gap afford views of waterfalls, but these two are among the most impressive.
Buttermilk Falls are in the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap and are among the highest falls in the state. Follow the 1.4-mile Buttermilk Falls Trail to the top of these falls and enjoy the ambiance of the rushing water as you stand in the cool shade of the lush forest. This trail presents more of a challenge than the others on this list. It is a steep climb up two sets of stairs, making this trail ideal if you want more of a workout. If you really want to maximize the challenge, you can continue the hike up to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail for panoramic views of the valley below, which connects to the Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond trails.
Raymondskill Creek Trail
The Raymondskill Creek Trail takes you to viewpoints of the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. Trees frame the three-tiered Raymondskill Falls which flow down through rocky outcrops. The trail itself is a mere 0.3 miles long, and you have a choice of an upper or a lower viewpoint once at the falls.
Unwind at Mountaintop Lodge
The feeling of tranquility instilled by the waterfalls of Pennsylvania will continue when you stay with Mountaintop Lodge. Our picturesque lodge sits by the gorgeous deep blue waters of Lake Naomi, and from the drive in you will feel yourself begin to relax as you unplug from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Guests of our lodge enjoy full use of the amenities of Lake Naomi Club, a Platinum-rated recreational community and resort with a community center, golf, tennis, and more available.
To complete your stay in the Pocono Mountains, book the Knotty Pines cabin suite! With rustic pine decor and furniture and views of the wooded backyard, you won’t forget for a second that you are on vacation. This suite features a 2-person whirlpool tub and is stocked with Copmhy linens and fresh-smelling lemongrass bath amenities. Wake up in the morning and have a delicious breakfast in the main dining room of the lodge, followed by a cup of fresh coffee on the large porch.
This is just one of the several beautiful rooms available. Be sure to browse our availability, and book your vacation in the Pocono Mountains today!