Bushkill Falls

IMG_7774

Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! If you are seeing this on Twitter or Facebook, please visit the blog to see all of the photos and read the story by clicking the link.

IMG_7818

Bushkill Falls is in the midst of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, but is privately owned and operated.

IMG_7678

Charles E. Peters inherited this land and opened the falls to the public in 1904 for an entrance fee of ten cents. He called it the ‘Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania.’

IMG_7823

The Peters family still owns the park and his estate carries on Charles’ mission to preserve the natural environment.  What began as one trail to the main falls is now a well maintained network of trails around all eight waterfalls on the property.

IMG_7696

The eight falls are fed by two different streams: Little Bushkill Creek and Pond Run. They originate in the Poconos and the water is exceptionally pure.

IMG_7831

The park is situated on 300 acres and has over two miles of hiking trails, boardwalks and walkways. The main falls drops 100 feet into the canyon.

IMG_7737

The last time we visited, we went with children and dogs, so we kept to the boardwalk trails along the main canyon and falls. These were fairly level and easy, except for the ascent back to the visitors center.

IMG_7715

Location: 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA 18324

Designation: Privately owned Park

Date designated or established: 1904

Date of my visit: 10/18/2014

IMG_7864

IMG_7907

 

6 thoughts on “Bushkill Falls

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s