In 2010, I went on my first and only girls trip to Simla, India. One thing I distinctly remember from that trip is finding a waterfall after a mild trek on one of the hills. I don’t remember the name of the waterfall because that wasn’t famous and frequented at all by tourists.
There started my penchant for waterfalls! And, the excitement of finding a hidden waterfall after trekking for miles.
I love water bodies, from the shores, since I strangely forgot to swim after not practicing for a decade or so.
As far as waterfalls are concerned, I can just stand under those without the fear of getting drowned (not talking about Niagara or Victoria Falls). There’s also something uniquely soothing and mesmerizing about waterfalls, in my opinion. Millions of gallons cascading gracefully through patchy rocks making a sight worthy of poems.
It had been a while since I witnessed a mighty waterfall. And, when we (husband & I) went to Pennsylvania to visit our family last month, my demands to see a waterfall were taken care of by driving me to Bushkill falls.
Bushkill Falls, popularly known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania, is a series of eight waterfalls flowing through a park.
Exact Location: 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA 18324
Admission Fee: $14.50 (For Adults)
Park Timings: Most days the park is open from 9 AM to 6 PM (Refer the website for more information)
As the park is well-marked and maintained, it’s quite easy to walk/hike across to see all the eight waterfalls. Four trails, i.e Green, Yellow, Blue, and Red, have been marked inside the park keeping in mind the hiking ability of different people.
The green and yellow trails are fairly easy which you can complete following these wooden walkways (see the picture above), while the blue and red trails take you deep into the park.
We completed the Red trail which took around 2-3 hours, counting the multiple stoppages and chit-chat sessions. Before moving forward to the Red trail, we saw a warning sign which said that the trail is meant for only avid-hikers. Since I completed it, I can assure you that anyone who can walk comfortably can complete the trail.
There are a few steep hikes on the red trail, however, those are manageable by taking pit-stops. Plus, the views would justify the extra effort.
We packed food and water with us because you would just find acres of wilderness inside which isn’t enough to feed your growling abdomen and you might need energy boosters.
Swimming or standing under the falls is prohibited because of the heavy flow and rocky terrain. You can still dip your foot in water while walking by the flowing water, enough to recharge you for some time.
Throughout the park, we found knee-deep water flowing smoothly and then falling over rocks voraciously.
This was a fun day outing in the Poconos mountain region which also encompasses many other trails, lakes, and forests. I would explore the region more, soon!