Exploring Raymondskill Falls in Pike County

Raymondskill Falls in Pike County PA

Raymondskill Falls is billed by the National Park Service as the “tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” at 178 feet tall.

If this were anywhere else in Pennsylvania, the “three tiers” of Raymondskill Falls would most likely be considered 2 and possibly 3 separate waterfalls.

But since “tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” makes for a great marketing gimmick, let’s run with it!


Directions to Raymondskill Falls

How to Find Raymondskill Falls in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

  1. From the town of Milford, head south on Route 209 for 2.8 miles.

  2. Make a right on Raymondskill Road and follow that for 0.4 miles.

    A map to Raymondskill Falls in Pike County PA

  3. Park in Raymondskill Falls lot on the left hand side of the road.

    GPS coordinates for parking area: 41.29016, -74.84120

  4. Follow the trail from parking lot downhill 170 yards to the upper observation are at Raymondskill Falls.

    A map of Raymondskill Falls hiking trails in Pike County PA


Exploring Raymondskill Falls

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

The upper and middle tiers of Raymondskill Falls are quite photogenic, and accessible by a series of steep but well-maintained “official” trails.

Hiking trail at Raymondskill Falls to lower observation area.
Hiking trail at Raymondskill Falls to lower observation area.

The best view of the lower tier is via an obvious but “user-created” trail that splits off from the “official” trail.

The bottom tier of Raymondskill Falls in PIke County.
The bottom tier of Raymondskill Falls in Pike County.

There is also, depending on precipitation levels, an unnamed tributary waterfall flowing into Raymondskill Creek next to the bottom tier of Raymondskill Falls.

Small unnamed waterfall next to the base of Raymondskill Falls
Small unnamed waterfall next to the base of Raymondskill Falls

If you’re lucky and visit during a rainy period, you’ll get to see it.


Other Waterfalls on Raymondskill Creek

Just above the upper tier observation area, an obvious trail breaks off from the trail to/from parking lot and takes you upstream on Raymondskill Creek (see trail map I shared earlier).

Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek in the Delaware Water Gap
Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek in the Delaware Water Gap

While there are several smaller waterfalls and cascades to be seen along this stretch of Raymondskill Creek, one unnamed waterfall in particular stands out as exceptional.

Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek upstream from Raymondskill Falls.
Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek upstream from Raymondskill Falls.

This 25-footer would normally be a popular destination in its own right.

The fact that it’s upstream from “the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” seems to have relegated it to obscurity, but trust me – it’s worth the short hike to see it.

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

Final Thoughts

Raymondskill Falls is billed as “the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” at 178 feet tall.

Whether you consider this one waterfall, or two, or even three, the fact remains that it IS one impressive display of raw power and natural beauty!


Nearby Attractions

You’ve seen the “tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” – now take a short trip down Route 209 to see the “second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania“!

Dingmans Falls checks in at 130 feet tall, good enough for the title of #2 tallest waterfall in PA.

Dingmans Falls in eastern Pennsylvania.
Dingmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Silverthread Falls is a “mere” 80 feet tall, and is located just 0.2 miles from Dingmans Falls, along the same boardwalk trail.

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

Nearby Shohola Falls, located along Route 6 in Pike County, is what I would call “almost-roadside” – a 5 minute walk from the parking area.

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

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

Still not convinced you need to see Raymondskill Falls?

Then check out this video!


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