The “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State’s most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest.
Centuries of Natural History
High in the uplands of the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, streams of crystal pure water bubble up through rifts in primeval rock. These are the headwaters of Bushkill Creek, a great marsh alive with the call of wild birds.
As the waters begin their descent toward the Delaware River far below, they move ever faster toward Bushkill Falls, rushing over Pennell Falls, then between rocky walls through the Upper Canyon and Laurel Glen.
Suddenly the stream drops over the edge of a 100-foot cliff, the majestic Main Falls. From the deep pool at the bottom, banked by ferns, mosses, and wild flowers, the creek now drops another seventy feet through a long and spectacular gorge strewn with gigantic boulders. Trails and bridges lace the area, affording splendid views.
Nature hikers are enthusiastic about the walk to the Bridal Veil Falls. Here you will follow a nice trail by the Pond Run stream. The stream soon flows into the Little Bushkill where the mountain path leads deep into the forest. Spring-fed waters tumble down the mountainside in a series of three lovely falls, so misty in their appearance they are named for brides of love.
Charles E. Peters first opened Bushkill Falls to the public in 1904, with a single path and a swinging bridge over the head of the main falls. Bushkill Falls is still owned by the Peters family.
Adults: $12.50 / day
Seniors (Ages 62 and older): $11.50 / day
Children (Ages 4 through 10): $7 / day
Children (Ages 3 and younger): Free
Group Rates available – Contact Us for details.
Official Trail Guide w/ Map Adventure: $3.00
Additional Punch Cards for Map Adventure Program: $.50
Mining for Gemstones: Large Bag – $9.00, Small bag – $7.00
Miniature Golf: $5.00 includes souvenir golf ball
Paddleboat Rentals: $4.00 per person
Putt & Paddle Combo: $8.00
Fishing Permit: $5.00
Fishing Rentals: $20.00
Bushkill Falls provides families, friends, couples, and nature enthusiasts with an excellent opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Bring some comfortable shoes for a walk over natural pathways. It’s only a short distance to view the Main Falls from the primary observation deck. Three additional hiking trails provide numerous viewing angles of all eight waterfalls. Our trails are designed to appeal to varying ages and physical conditioning. We’ll gladly advise as to the appropriateness of our trails depending upon your individual abilities or concerns.
Our trails vary in length and difficulty:
Green Trail – View the Main Falls from the green trail, which takes about 15 minutes to walk. No climbing is involved, however, there are steps.
Yellow Trail – View the Main Falls, as well as Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen and Upper Canyon, which takes 45 minutes to walk.
Blue Trail – View Pennell Falls from the blue trail, which takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to walk.
Red Trail – View Bridal Veil Falls from the Red trail. This trail is for the avid hiker in that it spans almost 2 miles, includes all eight falls, and takes over 2 hours to hike.
As you hike the trails, or walk the grounds of Bushkill Falls, you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to see the wonders of nature close at hand. Whether you’re busy at a game of miniature golf on our 18-hole course, cooling off on a paddle boat ride, or feeding the wild ducks and geese, be sure to bring your camera to capture some memorable moments against the picturesque backdrop of Bushkill Falls.
Bird Watching on the Trails
The Pennsylvania Poconos are home to a wide variety of local and migratory bird species including song birds, ducks and geese, wild turkey, and birds of prey such as owls, hawks, and eagles. Other area wildlife include black bear, white-tail deer, bobcat, red and grey fox, coyote, raccoon, skunk, opossum, rabbit, squirrel, woodchuck, and chipmunks.
Pennsylania Wildlife Exhibit
The Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit, located at the entrance of Bushkill Falls, features fascinating displays about the area’s indigenous wildlife. From the mighty black bear to the timid chipmunk, the exhibit is an outstanding place to learn more about these creatures that are so integral a part of the Bushkill Falls natural environment.
Map Adventure Program
To enhance your hiking experience, you may want to take part in our Map Adventure program. An official trail map has been developed just for this adventure. The map, which is especially detailed and accurate, includes 20 “control points” that can be found on the trails. When five, ten, or twenty locations have been found and verified with a unique punch of your card by a park official, you will become eligible for a monthly prize drawing.
The Map Adventure map includes a handy tree guide, along with facts and trivia about Bushkill Falls. It is available for only $3.00 and includes 1 punch card, additional punch cards are $.50 a piece.
Check out some of the views complete with pictures of my sister, nephew, niece, girlfriend and Nala lol
Great for family trips or a romantic hike. However it’s highly populated and for those of you that enjoy hiking and looking for the next trail marker; you won’t have that here as the trail is much more commercial with bridges and walkways.
Down the street from Bushkill Falls is an indoor/outdoor flea market we stopped afterward for a couple of cool deals!
Feel free to check that out too!