Exploring the Waterfalls on Upper Hornbecks Creek in Pike County

Indian Ladder Falls in the Delaware Water Gap.

Upper Hornbecks Creek in Pike County is home to an array of small, unnamed waterfalls, as well as one 40-footer locally known as Indian Ladder Falls.

When I last visited Upper Hornbecks Creek in May of 2017, hiking to these waterfalls was a simple matter of parking along Emery Road and hiking a well-worn trail along the stream.

A map to Upper Hornsbeck Creek in Pike County Pennsylvania
A map to Upper Hornbecks Creek in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately not long after that visit, powerful storms wreaked havoc on many of the trails in the Delaware Water Gap, including this one.

As I write this in April of 2020, the Upper Hornbecks Creek Trail remains closed, but according to the National Park Service a new trail is being built to link the waterfalls on Upper Hornsbeck Creek to existing trails from the nearby Pocono Environmental Education Center.

Until then, enjoy these photos of the waterfalls on Upper Hornbecks Creek, and look forward to the completion of the new trail trail linking these waterfalls to the Pocono Environmental Education Center.


The Waterfalls on Hornbecks Creek

This was one of the first waterfalls of note that I encountered downstream from Emery Road.

The Hornsbeck Creek waterfall trail in Pike County Pennsylvania.
The Hornbecks Creek waterfall trail in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Next up was a rather unique waterfall which I unofficially dubbed ‘Disco Pants Falls” as it somewhat resembles a pair of bell-bottom pants.

Unnamed waterfall along Hornsbeck Creek in Pike County Pennsylvania.
Unnamed waterfall along Hornbecks Creek in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Indian Ladder Falls is the most well-known waterfall on Upper Hornbecks Creek.

Indian Ladder Falls in Pike County Pennsylvania
Indian Ladder Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania

I’ve also seen this waterfall referred to on social media by Pocono locals as “Horse Tail Falls“, no doubt due to the wide, sweeping appearance of falls.

Indian Ladder Falls along Hornsbeck Creek in Pike County Pennsylvania

Below Indian Ladder Falls I encountered this fan-shaped waterfall.

Waterfall along Upper Hornsbeck Creek.
Waterfall along Upper Hornbecks Creek.

The view from below that same fan-shaped waterfall was even better.

Hornsbeck Trail in the Delaware Water Gap Pike County Pennsylvania
Hornbecks Trail in the Delaware Water Gap.

Aside from Indian Ladder Falls, this was my favorite waterfall on Upper Hornbecks Creek.

Waterfall along Upper Hornsbeck Trail in Pike County Pennsylvania
Waterfall along Upper Hornbecks Trail in Pike County Pennsylvania

The final waterfall I visited on Upper Hornbecks Creek was this cascading beauty.

The Upper Hornsbeck Creek Trail in the Delaware Water Gap
The Upper Hornbecks Creek Trail in the Delaware Water Gap.

From this point I simply backtracked to my vehicle parked along Emery Road, completing a roughly 4 mile round trip hike.

A springtime scene from Hornsbeck Creek in the Delaware Water Gap.
A springtime scene from Hornbecks Creek in the Delaware Water Gap.

As mentioned earlier, the route I took is now closed due to storm damage.

The new trail, when completed, will supposedly link the Pocono Environmental Education Center to the Upper Hornbecks Creek trail and falls.

And when that happens, you can bet I’ll be making a return visit to survey the situation and update this write-up accordingly.


Nearby Attractions

The Delaware Water Gap is home to some gigantic waterfalls!

Raymondskill Falls is billed as the “tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” at 178 feet, spread out over 3 tiers.

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

Nearby Dingmans Falls is billed as “the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” at 130 feet.

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

And while not in the running for one of the tallest waterfalls in PA, Shohola Falls just off of Route 6 is certainly one of the widest!

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

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