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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.

Top Observation Point – the head of Dingmans Falls

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

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

View of Dingmans Falls from the lower wooden walkway

What 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 🙂

The boardwalk trail

 

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

Silver Thread Falls is 80 feet tall.

Silver Thread Falls

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

Dingmans Creek, as viewed from footbridge

Dingmans 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.

NE Pennsylvania Weekend Vacation: Day 2 – Raymondskill Falls

On Saturday, April 20, after a hearty breakfast at Triplets Family Restaurant, we drove north on Route 209 towards Milford, PA.   Located 2.5 miles south of Milford is Raymondskill Falls.   This was the first of three waterfalls that we saw that day.  We also toured a historic mill, visited a state park and ate dinner with friends.

Raymondskill Falls, at a height of approximately 150 feet, is Pennsylvania’s tallest waterfall.  I read that Raymondskill Falls is 4 feet shorter than Niagara Falls.  What a beautiful waterfall, and it was relatively easy to get to!

The head of the falls

Raymondskill Falls is a series of three cascading waterfalls.

I wouldn’t have known about this waterfall had it not been for Craig, a Facebook friend.  When I mentioned to Craig that we planned to visit Bushkill Falls, he suggested that we include both Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls (the subject of my next blog post) in our itinerary.  After seeing both of the suggested waterfalls, we opted not to visit Bushkill Falls.  Anyway I wasn’t sure how my arthritic knee would react to all the steps at Bushkill Falls.  We didn’t feel like paying $12.50 each to visit Bushkill Falls, when it cost us nothing to see Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls.  It was relatively easy to pass up Bushkill Falls, as we had visited those falls one time before in June 1998.  Thank you very much, Craig, for suggesting that we visit Raymondskill Falls.  By the way, Craig is an excellent photographer.  You may view his photographs by visiting his Facebook page, Penn’s Woods Photography.

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