Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park is a cascading waterfall along the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail, 1/4 mile north of the Rockport Access to the park and rail trail.
How to Find Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park
The closest point you can drive to and hike/bike to the falls is located at the Rockport Access to Lehigh Gorge State Park, located at GPS coordinates 40.96650, -75.75529.
You’ll note on the map below this is also the closest point from which to hike/bike to Luke’s Falls, located 1/4 mile south of the Rockport Access parking area.
The trail is wide and smooth, as you’d expect from a rail trail, and if you’re on foot like I was the day these photos were taken, you’ll reach Buttermilk Falls in about 10 minutes, walking at a comfortable pace.
Experiencing Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park
It’s difficult to say how tall Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park really is, because it seems to extend all the way to the sky!
If I had to put a number to it, I’d venture to guess Buttermilk Falls is in the neighborhood of 60-70 feet tall.
As far as ease of access, it doesn’t get much easier than hiking/biking to Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park, unless you are talking about roadside waterfalls.
Other Points of Interest Near Buttermilk Falls
Aside from Luke’s Falls, which I already mentioned, another nearby point of interest is an abandoned tunnel located back near the Rockport Access parking area (see map above) at GPS coordinates 40.96631, -75.75677.
The tunnel is fairly short (you can see one end from the other), but quite low in the center, and I had to hunch down quite a bit to get through to the far side.
To be honest I am not sure what this tunnel was used for – it seems far too low and rough-hewn to have served any railroad purpose.
From the far side you have a clear view down to the Rockport Access parking area, the rail trail, and the Lehigh River.
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