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Hikes And Waterfalls

In 1872, Philadelphia’s Daily Evening Telegraph described our region’s fluviarchy — a network of waterfalls flowing into the Delaware River — as “precipitating themselves over cataracts of great heights, plunging into miniature lakelets, and noisily bubbling through miniature gorges or moss-hung glens.”

Several of these “noisy bubblers” are located within the Delaware Watergap National Park (DWNRA).

Raymondskill Falls

Located in the DWNRA, less than four miles from the hotel, is this breathtaking, year-round sight. The roaring, 105-foot Raymondskill Falls includes three tiers of cascades; visitors may view each unique water feature from a different section of the hiking trail. The total roundtrip hike to all three falls is less than one mile.

From the Hotel, follow Route 209 south into the DWNRA about three miles and make a right at the sign for Raymondskill Falls.

Dingmans Falls

The 75-foot Dingmans Falls is the DWNRA’s most popular waterfall. Novice hikers will enjoy the short trek, which wends by Silver Thread Falls. A flat boardwalk trail, accessible to wheelchair-users, passes through a hemlock ravine and delivers hikers to the base of Dingmans Falls, where a steep climb of 240 steps will take you to the top.

From the Hotel, follow Route 209 south into the DWNRA for about 10 miles and turn right at the stoplight at Route 739.

Shohola Falls

Here, the Shohola Creek races nearly 100 feet over numerous steep ledges, causing an awesome series of raging waterfalls. Behind the falls is a 26-foot-high dam, which creates 1,100 acres of lake and marshlands. This spectacular scenic site, managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, is located within the Shohola Waterfowl Management Area on Route 6.

From the hotel, take a left onto Broad Street, at the stoplight take a right onto West Harford Street/Route 6. Follow Route 6 for approximately 14 miles, on your left will be the parking lot for Shohola Falls.

Tumbling Waters Trail

This scenic trail provides some magnificent views before descending into a hemlock ravine highlighted by a section of waterfalls.

From the hotel, follow Route 209 south into the DWNRA for approximately 12 miles until you see signs for the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Winter Activities

The following activities are offered by the Pocono Environmental Education Center:

Eagle Watching
P.E.E.C. offers eagle watching tours, including transportation, on select winter dates.

Cross-country Skiing
P.E.E.C. also offers cross-country skiing on select winter dates for a modest fee, which includes the ski rentals. Reservations, indicating the shoe size of the skier, are required.

Biking

Pennsylvania designates routes for long-distance biking, usually on lightly traveled roads. Bicycle PA Route L follows a north-south route through the mountains, with segments on the D&H and Lehigh Gorge trails. Bicycle PA Route Y generally follows PA Route 6, but it also includes some lightly traveled country roads in this region.

Delaware State Forest
Thirty-one miles of designated mountain bike trails and gravel roads. Biking is permitted on all trails not designated for “foot travel only.”

Delaware Water Gap National Park
Miles of mountain biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails. Please adhere to signs posted. The newly constructed 35-mile McDade Trail, extending from Stroudsburg to Milford, is open for hiking and biking.

Lackawanna State Forest
Fourteen miles of dirt and gravel roads. Biking is permitted on all trails not designated as “foot travel only.”

State Forests
Biking is permitted on state forest roads and old woods roads. Mountain bikes are recommended. Biking is not permitted on designated state forest hiking trails.

Fishing

The Delaware River Highlands area offers hundreds of places to fish for a variety of species, including trout, bass, walleye and American shad. Fishing licenses, available at most sporting goods stores and some town halls, are required for anglers 16 and older. An additional permit is required for trout.

Boat accesses are plentiful and most are free. Please note that not every ramp is suitable for every craft, as not every body of water is suitable for every craft. Pay special attention to signage.

The Delaware State Forest has 11 lakes and ponds. Peck’s Pond has two launch sites. Large power boating is available on Lake Wallenpaupack. Smaller powerboats and watercraft, like canoes and kayaks, are ideal for most other waters. Milford Beach, about a mile from the hotel, offers a launch for canoes, kayaks and small watercraft.

River Activities

The Delaware River, the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, is steeped in history and offers days filled with fun.

The River reveals exceptional opportunities to fish, raft, canoe and kayak. Numerous outfitters in the area supply gear and offer guided tours. We’re happy to help you arrange a tour; please contact our concierge for details.