Who’s up for an epic 209 mile round-trip road trip to see the best waterfalls in the Poconos?!
If this sounds like something you’ve always wanted to do, I’ve plotted out the perfect road trip for you.
You can download the route map here.
Simply follow along and click on the blue text links to view more detailed descriptions of each waterfall mentioned.
This road trip departs from and returns to Scranton, and I’m going to describe the trip going in a clockwise direction, but you could just as easily go the opposite way and have just as much fun!
1. Nay Aug Falls in Scranton
Our first stop is Nay Aug Falls in Scranton, a rarity in Pennsylvania, in that it is located in and owned by a city.
From the parking area at Nay Aug Park, simply follow the Davis Trail for approximately 0.25 miles to the Nay Aug Falls Overlook.
2. Shohola Falls
Shohola Falls are located less than 200 yards from a parking area on State Game Lands 180.
3. Raymondskill Falls
Stop #3 is Raymondskill Falls, the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania (178 feet)!
Raymondskill Falls is so tall, you can’t view all three tiers from one vantage point.
4. Dingmans Falls
Next up is Dingmans Falls, billed as the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania (130 feet).
80 foot-tall Silverthread Falls is located along the same boardwalk as Dingmans Falls, so this is a true 2-for-1 stop along your road trip!
5. Upper Hornbecks Creek
Stop #5 is Upper Hornbecks Creek near the Pocono Environmental Education Center.
Upper Hornbecks Creek is home to an array of small, unnamed waterfalls, each with a character all its own.
6. Tobyhanna Falls
Exploring Tobyhanna Falls in Monroe County requires an easy 0.4 mile hike (one way) along the Tobyhanna Creek in the Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area.
Tobyhanna Falls is certainly not one of the tallest waterfalls you’ll see in the Poconos, but it makes for a quick, relaxing hike along a fairly level trail.
7. Hawk Falls
Stop #7 is Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park, one of the prettiest waterfalls in this region.
Hawk Falls is also one of the most popular waterfalls in the Poconos, so if you’re doing this road trip on a summer weekend, prepare for lots of company!
8. Little Shickshinny Falls
The last stop on this road trip is Little Shickshinny Falls, a beautiful 25-foot tall waterfall located on State Game Lands 260 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
The hike to Little Shickshinny Falls is short – approximately 300 yards along an old forest road.
From Little Shickshinny Falls, it’s an easy drive back to Scranton, home of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company!
If you want to explore even more waterfalls in the Poconos, be sure to check out 27 Must See Waterfalls in the Poconos for additional maps, photos, and directions.
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