Exploring Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls in Pike County

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Dingmans Falls in eastern Pennsylvania.

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

A map to Dingmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.
A map to Dingmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

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.

The Visitors Center at Dingmans Falls in Pike County, PA
The Visitors Center at Dingmans Falls in Pike County, PA

Exploring Silverthread Falls

Silverthread Falls in the Delaware Water Gap.
Silverthread Falls in the Delaware Water Gap.

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.

Boardwalk trail at DIngmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.
Boardwalk trail at DIngmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

I found the rectangular plunge pool to be the most interesting thing about Silverthread Falls.

Silverthread Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.
Silverthread Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

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 in Pike County, Pennsylvania
Dingmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania

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.

Raymondskill Falls in Pennsylvania
Upper and middle tiers of Raymondskill Falls in Pike County PA.

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.

Dingmans Falls in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.
Dingmans Falls in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.

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.

Dingmans Falls in the Delaware Water Gap
Dingmans Falls in the Delaware Water Gap

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.

Boardwalk trail between Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.
Boardwalk trail between Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Nearby Attractions

As already mentioned, Raymondskill Falls and a few unnamed waterfalls upstream from it on Raymondskill Creek are only minutes away.

Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek in Pike County PA
Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek in Pike County PA

While not nearly as tall, Shohola Falls, also located in Pike County, makes for a scenic pitstop.

Shohola Falls on State Game Lands 180 in Pike County Pennsylvania
Shohola Falls on State Game Lands 180 in Pike County, Pennsylvania

Located just off of Route 6, Shohola Falls is a 5 minute walk from its associated parking area on State Game Lands 180.

Be sure to check out 25 Must-See Waterfalls in the Poconos for an in-depth look at many of eastern Pennsylvania’s finest waterfalls.

Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania
Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania

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