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It is such a beautiful time of year here in the Pocono Mountains. It’s time to shed those winter coats, lace up your hiking shoes and hit the outdoors. Outdoor activities are booming in the springtime in the Pocono Mountains. One of our favorite things to do is to explore the area’s many waterfalls. If you have never experienced the views of a Poconos waterfall, you are in for a real treat!
Start your journey right here at The Settlers Inn with our very own Wonderful Waterfalls Tour. Grant and Jeanne Genzlinger have put together this list of their favorite waterfall spots. Childs Park is home to 3 waterfalls: Factory, Fulmer, and Deer Leap. The area is open to the public free of charge. It also makes a great location for taking a picnic lunch and soaking in all the natural beauty. Don’t forget to grab one of the Inn’s walking sticks to take along on the 1.5-mile loop.
One of our favorite must-see waterfall tours is Bushkill Falls. Known as “the Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is a series of 8 waterfalls. Bushkill Falls has been welcoming visitors since 1904. The trails surrounding the falls are labeled by color and all vary in difficulty. There is an observation deck and there are 3 additional trails offering varying views. The Main Falls has an impressive drop of about 100 feet. The park opens at 9 a.m. and there is an admission fee to enter the area, but it is well worth the amount for the number of falls you will experience. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars as the area is full of wildlife and birds.
The Delaware National Water Gap Recreational Area is home to Raymondskill Falls, the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. The hike to the falls is an easy one. It’s just 0.3 of a mile one-way. The trail is, however, steep and uneven in areas, so hikers should be cautious. There is an upper and a lower viewing area, so be sure to check out both spots. Please note that there is no swimming or wading in the falls.
During your visit to the Pocono Mountains, come and kick up your feet at The Settlers Inn. We are the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the local scenery. You can rest in one of our 23 guest rooms with most rooms featuring a seasonal fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. Pull up a chair at our award-winning restaurant on the property or enjoy a drink on the terrace. Chef Ben Sutter has created a menu that revolves around the seasons and features local ingredients. We also have an award-winning wine menu and serve local craft beers. The restaurant is open for breakfast, dinner, and brunch on the weekends.
While you’re here, the area offers plenty to do. From outdoor recreation to shopping, there is never a dull moment in the Pocono Mountains. Our free Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide is the perfect way to travel the area like a local, and it shows up in your inbox instantly! One of the area’s newest places you’ll want to visit is the new Mill Market Bakery at Hawley Silk Mill. The grand opening will take place on May 13th. The bakery is a great spot to grab freshly baked cookies and pretzels and artisanal bread and pastries to take along on your waterfall hikes.