Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls are two of the most accessible and popular waterfalls in the Delaware Water Gap region of Pike County.
Located just off of Route 209, the main north-south highway through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a short stroll along a well-maintained boardwalk offers you the chance to see two massive waterfalls without much effort at all.
How to Find Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls
Turn off of Route 209, just south of the Dingmans Ferry Access, and follow the signs and road 1 mile to the Dingmans Falls Visitors Center.
Important note: check the National Park Service website for the latest information on if/when the Visitors Center and/or road to the Visitors Center is closed.
Exploring Silverthread Falls
Silverthread Falls is billed by the National Park Service as being 80 feet tall, although it seems taller as you stand at the base of it.
It’s located 2-3 minutes from the Visitors Center, accessed via the aforementioned boardwalk that is both stroller and wheelchair-friendly.
I found the rectangular plunge pool to be the most interesting thing about Silverthread Falls.
It’s fascinating to think how many years it took for the water to carve out that channel in such perfect fashion.
Exploring Dingmans Falls
Continuing past Silverthread Falls and down the boardwalk another 0.2 miles, you’ll arrive at the base of Dingmans Falls.
Dingmans Falls is billed as being “the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” at 130 feet tall.
Ironically (or fortuitously) the “tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania“, 178 foot Raymondskill Falls, is located just minutes away.
Dingmans Falls is quite an impressive specimen, and photos don’t do justice to the sound or sensation of the spray coming off of is as you stand on the boardwalk near its base.
A staircase takes you to the top of the falls if you so choose, but personally I prefer the full-length view from the bottom.
The same 0.3 mile boardwalk that brought you to the base of Dingmans Falls will get you safely back to your vehicle and the Visitors Center.
As already mentioned, Raymondskill Falls and a few unnamed waterfalls upstream from it on Raymondskill Creek are only minutes away.
While not nearly as tall, Shohola Falls, also located in Pike County, makes for a scenic pitstop.
Located just off of Route 6, Shohola Falls is a 5 minute walk from its associated parking area on State Game Lands 180.
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The Best Waterfalls in the Poconos Road Trip is a ready-made, round trip excursion to some of the best waterfalls in eastern PA.
The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Guide is THE best online resource for PA waterfall lovers, with detailed directions to HUNDREDS of waterfalls across Pennsylvania!
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