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NE Pennsylvania Weekend Vacation: Day 2 – Dingmans Falls

On Saturday, April 20, we saw three waterfalls.  The first waterfall that we saw was Raymondskill Falls, which I blogged about yesterday.  The other two waterfalls were located at Dingmans Falls.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, my Facebook friend, Craig. suggested that we visit Dingmans Falls.  On April 17, the date that Craig and I discussed Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls, the road from Route 209 to the Dingmans Falls Visitor Center was closed.  Craig wrote that if we wanted to see Dingmans Falls that he knew the way in from the top.  He said that hiking in from the top would be quicker than walking from Route 209 up the road to the falls.  The directions that Craig provided followed loosely established, unmarked trails. Yes, trails!  We kept Dingmans Creek on our left, as directed, and eventually came out at the top observation point.

P4200565 4x6Top Observation Point – the head of Dingmans Falls

From the top observation point we climbed down onto a wooden walkway.

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This photograph of Dingmans Falls was taken shortly after reaching the wooden walkway.

P4200573 4x6What a beautiful view we had of Dingmans Falls from the lower wooden walkway!  According to Internet sources, this waterfall is 130 feet tall and is Pennsylvania’s second tallest waterfall.  It was while at this spot we learned from a man who was also visiting Dingmans Falls that the road in from Route 209 to Dingmans Falls Visitor Center was open.  The road reopened a day after my Facebook conversation with Craig!  The hike in front the top of Dingmans Falls wasn’t too bad of a hike.  However, I was happy to NOT return to the car by the same route.  Bob said he would hike back to the car and meet me at the Visitor Center parking lot.  (I love that man!)

The walk to the Visitor Center parking lot was a piece of cake after the hike to the top of the falls 🙂

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Shortly before reaching the Visitor Center, there is another waterfall to see — Silver Thread Falls.

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 Silver Thread Falls is 80 feet tall.

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Leaving Silver Thread Falls, you cross over a footbridge to the Dingmans Falls Visitor Center.

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Dingmans Creek, as viewed from footbridge

P4210617 4x6Dingmans Falls Visitor Center

When Bob reached the Visitor Center parking lot, I took him over the footbridge to show him the Silver Thread Falls.

I will leave you with a video of Dingmans Falls and Silver Thread Falls.  You will notice that the video is dated April 21, which would be Day 3 of our weekend vacation.   I returned to Dingmans Falls on Sunday in order to capture some video of the falls.

There is still more to share with you about Day 2 of our NE Pennsylvania Weekend Vacation. In my next blog post, I will take you to Clinton, NJ, where we toured a historic mill, visited a state park and ate dinner with friends.

5 Responses to “NE Pennsylvania Weekend Vacation: Day 2 – Dingmans Falls”

  1. Betsy Adams

    Wow—that is two more falls that I want to see… Hope we can come up that way sometime…. Beautiful area and falls!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. seniorhiker

    Both of these waterfalls are wonderful. We’re really going to have to get to Pennsylvania one of these days soon.

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  3. Denise

    Oh wow Linda, great photos of the falls and I am so impressed with your tracking skills. I would have gotten lost trying to get there 🙂 Gregg and I were thinking of coming up to PA a little while ago but the weather was so iffy we decided to stay closer to home. One of these days and I think this is now on our bucket list. Thank you so much! I enjoyed your descriptions of the turtles you saw, they tend to disappear quickly once they know someone is trying to take a photo!!! We have a big old grandpa snapping turtle we often see at Huntley Meadows. A Canada Goose was limping nearby and a man said he may have been a little too close to that snapping turtle. Taught me that I would never get too close to one of those things 😉

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