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“Dingmans Falls, PA's Second-Highest, Worth Exploring”
Review of Dingmans Falls

Dingmans Falls
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

DINGMANS FERRY PA - As is often the case, in Dingmans Ferry you will hear its waterfalls before you see either of them. Think of their low roar as a preface to stunning beauty.

A Sanatoga PA couple joined hundreds of other visitors Saturday (June 7, 2014) in exploring the dark green and lush forest surrounding Dingmans Falls and Silver Thread Falls, during a trip to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on U.S. Route 209. It is located about 96 miles northeast of Sanatoga, and stretches for 20 miles between Milford PA at the north end and East Stroudsburg PA at the south.

A wide variety of recreational opportunities exist within the park, which straddles the Delaware River as it courses through the center of portions of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Most outdoor activities - boating, fishing, camping, hiking, horse riding, swimming, leisurely car drives, and sightseeing - can be enjoyed at selected, easily reached facilities with plenty of available parking.

Many, like admission to Dingmans, are free.

One of the falls' greatest attractions, besides their height (Dingmans plunges 130 feet, and is the second-highest waterfall in Pennsylvania), is their accessibility. A quarter-mile-long boardwalk extends from a visitors' center parking lot, past narrow-but-tall Silver Thread, and all the way back to the broad eyeful that is Dingmans. It is easily navigated by those who can walk well, as well as those confined to a wheelchair or stroller.

It's almost impossible to get lost in the dense forest, because all visitors must stay on the boardwalk. That's a benefit, though, because the greenery is close enough to examine in detail for those interested in plant life. Informational signs on the route describe the cycle of life in the woodland and the trees' natural enemies.

Although sunlight filters through the trees, and is more abundant at the sites of the falls themselves, the surrounding forest Saturday was pleasantly cool and shady. During warmer or muggier days, it may help to apply insect repellent before venturing out for the walk.

Depending on when you go, you may also want to bring a raincoat, according to the Poconos Mountains tourism website. It reports that, during the spring when snowmelt runoff is heaviest, "there is no way to get to the end of the boardwalk without getting drenched by spray."

Designers of the boardwalk trail apparently knew that nature appreciation often involves well-timed drama and an appealing stage. The forest is as pretty a presentation platform as one might hope for, and the continuous background sound of the cascading falls creates its drama. Visitors must traverse a slightly swaying (don't worry, there's no danger here) footbridge before turning a corner to first witness Silver Thread.

Then they'll walk somewhat farther, up a slight and manageable incline, and turn yet another corner before marching down into a wide reception area at the base of the Dingmans' pool. Be forewarned: it can occasionally be slippery there. Walk or wheel someone else carefully. No swimming or wading is allowed.

Guests who are a little more energetic (and this excludes young children and the disabled) can walk a much steeper flight of stairs from near the pool up to a platform at the top of the falls, and peer down into the depths below.

Bring a camera, of course. You'll want to remember this place.

The Pike County Tourism Bureau reports the falls and its visitors' center are open daily during the summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. During autumn, the falls are open on weekends only, and depending on cold or icy weather can close as early as November. The visitors' center is staffed by park rangers and sits at the end of a mile-long entrance at Johnny Bee Road off 209 near its intersection with Route 739 in Dingmans Ferry.

5  Thank Joe_Zlomek
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This is a lovely set of falls - Silver Thread falls and Dingmans falls. The trail is stroller-friendly and the hike should be fine for families of all ages. Well worth the trip.

3  Thank hmdpa
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

beautiful! easy walk along a built walkway through the woods. two great waterfalls to see and if you can handle the stairs you can go above the one waterfall and look down. if the stairs are too much for you, you can enjoy the falls from the bottom, which is lovely too.very peaceful , very clean and well maintained. oh, and did i mention it's FREE! bring your camera. Don't be afraid to go on a hot day..plenty of shade and places to rest if you need to.

2  Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was one of the prettiest waterfall attractions I've ever seen, and it was a small enough area that we didn't get all worn out on the hike...we clocked it at a half mile both ways, from the parking lot to the main falls and back. Our only problem was that I missed the left turn off Route 209 -- should have turned at the Dingmans Falls Visitor Center and didn't -- and then relied on GPS and TripAdvisor reviews to try and find the place. Bottom line: GPS doesn't take you there...we drove all over the place, back and forth on the same roads, until we finally decided to go back to 209 and start again...once I got the turnoff correct, there we were. Also, be advised that the "bathrooms" are just outhouses...the toilet is what looks like a big white trash can with a toilet seat on top and a roll of toilet paper next to it...you deposit your, um, elimination into a big hole...and there's no water for handwashing, just a Purell dispenser. It was pretty gross, so you may want to stop somewhere to use the bathroom before you get there. You probably won't spend more than an hour unless you decide to hang out on one of the benches and watch the water, which would be a lovely way to spend some time.

4  Thank Kathi B
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Gorgeous waterfall (actually two) within a short walk along a wooden boardwalk. Very accessible for all to enjoy the views. At the site is a small visitor center with extremely helpful National Park Service staff who are ready to answer questions about the entire Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area (not just the immediate falls). They also have restrooms and ample parking. Just a short distance from the parking area you come upon the first water fall that provides opportunity for great photos. The boardwalk ends at the Dingman Falls. You have the option of climbing a set of wooden stairs to go above the falls and take in the views from above. The woodland area is peaceful and cool. We visited on Memorial Day and it was pretty crowded, but not so much as to be uncomfortable. This is an easy hike that most everyone can enjoy.

2  Thank k8iep
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