Bushkill Falls, 2 mi. n.w. off US 209 on Bushkill Falls Rd., is not just one but eight waterfalls that can be seen via a series of rustic trails and wooden stairs and bridges over a 2-mile area. The falls' source is Bushkill Creek, which descends through the Pocono Mountains to the Delaware River, passing rocky walls, rushing through gorges and over boulders and tumbling over misty precipices along the way. Lush foliage, ferns, mosses, verdant forested areas and wildflowers line the pathways.
A choice of four color-coded trails of varying difficulties provides access to the falls for all levels of hikers. The simplest and shortest, the Green Trail, is a brief 10- to 15-minute trek to a scenic overlook of the Main Falls, which cascades in a 100-foot drop. Follow the yellow markers for views of the Main Falls, the Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen and the Upper Canyon; plan on spending about 45 minutes. Approximately 75 minutes on the Blue Trail takes hikers to Pennell Falls, while about 2.5 hours (and 2 miles) of hiking on the Red Trail covers all eight cataracts, including Bridal Veil Falls. Benches along the trails provide spots to rest for a bit.
The entrance to the trails is through an indoor wildlife exhibit featuring native animals in dioramas. Families with children will appreciate the 18-hole miniature golf course; paddleboat rides; fishing; gem mining and an exhibit showcasing the Native American lifestyle and featuring a life-size replica of a Lenni Lenape longhouse.
Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes and bottles of water are recommended. Pets must remain on a leash and not be left unattended.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
$14.50; $13.50 (ages 62+); $8.50 (ages 4-10). Fees for activities are additional.
Hours: Open daily at 9, Apr.-Nov. (weather permitting). Phone for closing times, which vary by season. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Closed Thanksgiving. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 2 hours minimum.