Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Bushkill Falls, a series of eight cascading waterfalls, is one of the state’s most popular outdoor destinations. Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, the Falls – known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania –are a favorite of hikers, fishermen, birdwatchers and all those who treasure the nature’s beauty. Closed November - Mid -April. Opening for the 2020 season on April 2, 2020.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Teresa J
    3 contributions
    Eat Your Wheaties for a Full Experience!!!
    Great experience. The facility was very clean and organized (except for the restrooms). There were lots of stairs, but well worth it. The views were amazing. I wish I had the stamina to see more falls than that main one, but the trails to the other falls were for avid hikers (not couch potatoes on vacation like me).
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 18, 2023
  • Jill B
    Box Elder, South Dakota199 contributions
    Nicely done
    We enjoyed this park, walking around on boardwalks in a grotto seeing all the waterfalls. It was a combo of Sun and shade… cool and warm. Lots of steps, lots of rails to hold, lots of spots to rest and just enjoy the view. Take your time… enjoy it go slow if you need. Some boards are getting older.. but it looks like they keep it up. There’s easy walks, med, and hard. We enjoyed an ice cream reward after our red trail… (hard) lots of see and do for free around the parking lot. Picnic, shops, fishing, maze for kids, wooden gem mine thing…😂
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Larry G
    Southampton, Pennsylvania5 contributions
    Bushkill Falls / East Stroudsburg
    if your going to Bushkill falls, make sure you bring proper footwear and be prepared for lots of steps. As far as food goes, The Warehouse is good, as is Top of the World Restaurant and Alaska Petes was good. Not so much Mullers diner or Petrizzo's Italian.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • campjaf
    Ocala, Florida71 contributions
    Always an interesting walk/hike!
    It’s been 20 years since we were at Bushkill Falls and it’s still as beautiful as ever. We don’t mind paying a fee to walk as it helps them maintain the steps, railings and keep it safer to walk. Wear walking shoes that won’t slip and slide on the wet stone steps or wood bridges. Just remember that all those steps going down are steps that you eventually need to go back up again! The sound and the beauty of the falls is wonderful, inspiring, and we never get tired of seeing and feeling the strength.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • 1RaiderFan
    Schenectady, New York391 contributions
    Definitely check it out if in the area.
    First things first, this a really cool sight and you should definitely check it out if in the area. We took the red trail and it took us a little under two hours. I would advise you that if you are going to take that trail, definitely wear sturdy footwear. Lots of opportunities to take cool pictures when seeing the different waterfalls. Water was a bit high so far this summer, so the falls, especially the Maine falls, were really cool to check out. Only complaint- I thought they charge too much for entrance! If you have time, check out the small cabin that has the history of the falls. Pretty cool to read some of those old clippings in the memorabilia.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Marc N
    Bartlesville, Oklahoma935 contributions
    Strategic viewing platforms
    Ample parking. There is a fee for entry with a discount for seniors and military. Even the most popular and easy hikes to the falls have lots of stairs. There is a longer 2 hr addition for the avid hiker. I especially enjoyed that they had viewing platforms set up at strategic points.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Belinda M
    2 contributions
    Expensive, but beautiful.
    The place was packed!! The price was steep....$19 per senior on a weekend. I think a per vehicle price is more appropriate. You could go broke taking a family here. Price doesn't even include a map! Overall, it was beautiful, but expensive. Definitely worked up a sweat on a hot day climbing up all the steep stairs!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • calm_weather
    Woodstown, New Jersey198 contributions
    You won't need a stairmaster workout after visiting.
    Bushkill Falls is impressive. The trail is almost completely boardwalk, not much walking on dirt or roots. But there is a lot of walking on stairs. There is A TON of stairs to get to the top of the falls, where all of the trails go (except the Green Trail) We took the Yellow Trail because it wasn't real short (like the Green) and it wasn't terribly long. I didn't count the stair steps, but there had to be at least 1800 counting going up and coming down - and I may be underestimating. If you have someone who has a little difficulty walking or can't tolerate A LOT of stairs, this isn't for them - at all. We were there on a Tuesday and most of the people were older than millennials. At the end, most of them were offering prayers that the end was reached. If you're a regular trailblazing hiker, I'm sure it's all good. Bushkill is also the only falls that charges an admission fee. Further up Federal Road are Dingmas Falls, Silver Thread Falls, and Raymondskill Falls that are each driveable to a parking area with a shorter and easier walk to the falls and no admission fee - all free. All three of those are, in some way, a little more impressive than Bushkill.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Michael K
    995 contributions
    Admission is on the pricey side, but the view and scenery are superb
    Of all the waterfalls one can visit on US-209, this is by far the most impressive and well maintained. Of course it comes with a relatively steep admission price. But you can justify the cost on the nice scenery on a nicely laid out boardwalk/step trail with viewing platforms conveniently located at strategic places. If you can get over the sticker shock, this is a place worth visiting.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee2,315 contributions
    Great waterfalls and hiking!
    Bushkill Falls is a lovely place filled with numerous waterfalls, extensive natural beauty, and lots of fun hiking. It's a privately-owned park, so National Park passes won't work here. There's a large parking lot and numerous concessions and shops around the parking lot. Tickets are $20/person and they're open from April 1st through Halloween. The trails are very fun and there's lots of stairs so you can get a view of the waterfalls from above them and from the base of most of the falls. The trails are fairly easy and shouldn't be a big deal for most people unless they have a mobility issue. Make sure to bring water as well as summer in this part of PA gets humid. Bushkill is a wonderful place and one that we've visited many times over the years. You'll have a great time hiking here!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 13, 2023
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Bill H
Houston, TX2 contributions
Jul 2020
Masks are required on all trails, but it is not enforced. There were a lot of people without masks and in most places it is impossible to stay a safe distance away from them. I would highly recommend staying away if you are at all concerned about corona virus (as you should be) especially at this price.
Written July 19, 2020
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Lindsey Pratt
Buena Vista, CO11 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Nice trails, fairly clean with some litter. $70 entrance fee for four people. No discounts of any kind for military, etc. Recommend going early in the day during the week, was crowded on the weekend. Lots of stairs, did the “long, steep trail” took about an hour, wasn’t too bad. Worth it? Meh.
Written June 28, 2020
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CDM
1 contribution
Nov 2020
Drove over 2 hours to visit today, as it was a warm fall day. We got there later than planned due to traffic but figured it was still early enough at 3pm since the website said they were open until 5. Once in line, we were told we could buy tickets but need to vacate the property by 4pm, which would not give us time to see everything without rushing. Why even keep selling tickets at $18/pop when you're telling me I have 30 minutes to go through a trail that typically takes 2 hours, according to your website?! The website should clarify early closings. We were not the only ones that left the line frustrated, there were many, without buying tickets because the website stated that they were open until 5. While we were in line, the guy at the ticket counter was rude and was literally shouting and banging on the glass yelling at us while we were contemplating whether we wanted to just leave or not. I'm not sure I ever would want to waste my time going back here, just because of this guy's rudeness! Customer service is definitely not a priority here and it was definitely a wasted trip for us!
Written November 7, 2020
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DEP3
Binghamton, NY330 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Pretty but poses Covid -19 danger- maskless menaces in spite of posted rules for visitors. Definitely beautiful if you are in the area, but get ready for a hefty per person entrance fee at this privately owned wooded expanse with boardwalks, waterfalls and beautiful vistas. Lovely for hiking , but not so lovely if you are trying to be careful about not getting covid.Signs everywhere indicate that masks must be worn, but not everyone follows this rule, and some resisters can be pretty rude and aggressive when you ask them to put on a mask..it can be pretty scary when there is a congested spot along your hike. We took the red trail and periodically there were maps posted ( with admission you get a paper brochure map, but map doesn’t appear to be drawn to scale, so the estimated time for hiking a trail is not that useful, since you probably will want to stop, letting your kids splash in the water, etc). Parking lot area has food and other shops as well
as bathrooms, but once inside the park, there are none.
If you feel you must go to Bushkill Falls in the summer, try going during the week instead of crowded weekends, particularly during Covid pandemic. If you do a bit of research, however, you will most likely find a less crowded place that also has waterfalls.
Bottom line: it’s pretty, but beware if you are risk averse when it comes to Covid.
Written July 27, 2020
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Bobbi S
Lido Beach, NY4,836 contributions
Aug 2021
After arriving in East Stroudsburg on a rainy Sunday, Bushkill Falls was the perfect destination to start out our week of nearby hiking. The wooden stairs, boardwalk-y & hardpacked dirt paths were dry enough for us to hike/walk up & around all eight falls. This is not a get away from the madding crowd kind of place as there are lots and lots of people who come through here, families with kids, older adults, and, being that it is on private property, it is pretty pricey ($18 per person, weekends, a dollar or so lower on weekdays, or for seniors), The river has a foamy surface to it & is copper colored from the iron leached out of the soil (not sure why there is foam though) but you will have taken a satisfying, even strenuous walk as you climb & climb (both up and down) to see each of the Falls. Enjoy!
Written August 9, 2021
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Barbara B
Forked River, NJ311 contributions
Jun 2020
Awesome day trip. If you love nature and waterfalls, this is a must see. A privately owned property that requires an admission fee but the sights are breathtaking and the property is well maintained. It gives you three trail options between easy, medium and advanced. We opted for the advanced red trail with no regrets. The scenery is spectacular. We went in June where the park was still only allowing 30% capacity because of COVID-19 which made this trip even more special. Not overly crowded. There are lots of steps and rocky terrain but doable if you are mobile and have no disability. Also very shaded if the weather is warm. Highly recommend. Arrive early because this is definitely a popular destination. Use the restroom before entering as there are no bathrooms once inside. We were allowed to bring food and drink though. The snack shop was closed because of the virus as well but the gift shop was open with some minimal snacks and drinks. We were required to wear masks upon entering but was not required inside the park.
Written June 12, 2020
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exmarsa
New York City, NY105 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We needed a break from what NYC has become post covid and decided to come here. It’s a nice park with several waterfalls: the main falls, which are impressive, and some smaller ones which are attractive. Buy and PRINT your tickets in advance so that you can bypass the line and walk straight in. Don’t expect to be able to download the tickets to your phone because the wifi here isn’t the greatest and you will have to go back out to find a spot with adequate reception. There are several trails varying in length. If you want to see most of the falls, take the red trail. It’s the longest, but well worth the extra effort. Parts of the trail are on boardwalks, others on easy to navigate dirt and yet others over rocks and roots. Overall I would rate it as moderate difficulty, but doable by anyone in decent shape. Be prepared for LOTS of stairs; my phone said we did the equivalent of climbing 28 floors! The parking lots were quite full, but the place didn’t feel overly crowded on a Monday around mid day. People of course bunch up where the falls can be viewed, but most were respectful and took turns taking pictures. As many have said, there are areas where it is impossible to social distance, especially on the stairs, but the majority of folks complied with the mask requirements. Sadly, there is trash here and there. How hard is it to take your empty plastic water bottles and your masks out with you? The gift shops are OK with the usual trinkets and the bathrooms basically clean. Note that once you are in past the turnstiles there are no bathrooms. Finally there is a nice area with picnic tables next to entrance road which was peaceful, shady and uncrowded. All in all, worth the entrance fee and effort. A nice escape from the dreary city.
Written August 31, 2020
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Mike C
Eldersburg, MD285 contributions
Aug 2021
At first, I was skeptical about paying what I thought was a high price for a “walk in the woods,” but after doing this, I’m convinced that it was well worth the price! They have four trails here that can show you as many as eight waterfalls, ranging from 15 minutes for an “easy” hike (which still has a considerable number of stairs… yes, stairs), to a two and a half hour hike that covers everything (and has 1,267 stairs/steps). The Yellow, Blue, and Red trails take you all the way to the bottom, maybe 150 feet down, and then you will work your way up. You WILL work to get back up… make no mistake about that! But, man! The view of the main falls is pretty special.

The majority of the Yellow Trail is wooden decking and stairs that snake around the mountain walls, and give you some amazing scenery to take in. Great photo opportunities throughout, so keep your phone ready, and don’t drop it!
There are a few other things to do up top for the kids, like a maze, panning for gems or gold, and a Native American museum, with an attached gift shop of course. Yes, it might be a bit pricey, but we’ve wasted more money than this on much lesser attractions. Do this! Even if you are not outdoor people (like, we are not), you will enjoy this. You need good knees and a full water bottle. Have fun!
Written August 8, 2021
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BaseballMom271
Millville, NJ18 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
We took a 2-1/2 hour drive to see Bushkill Falls today. It was absolutely beautiful. It definitely is worth seeing at least once. Here are my recommendations:

1. Buy tickets online! The falls opened at 10 am and we got there around 11:30 am. Our jaws dropped when we pulled in. There were so many people. We had to park in the very last spot in the parking lot which is at capacity. The lone looked easily 2 hours long to wait in. Since we purchased tickets online, we were able to skip right past the line. I recommend printing them since there is hardly any service to bring them up on your phone.

2. We went on a Saturday, they are open until 7. If you can, go after 12. When we came out, the parking lot was only half full.

3. Be prepared to walk up and down a lot of steps! We took the red and blue trails. Rough terrain (uneven ground, rocks, etc.) We we’re exhausted from all the steps. We felt bad for all of the older people and parents with small children. There are easier trails though that we did not walk.

4. There were a lot of people with dogs. I thought it was to crowded and to much terrain to bring your dog especially on a hot day. Especially the little dogs, people had to carry them.

5. There is only a bathroom on the outside! Go before!

6. You can bring food/drink. But the red/blue trail took us about 2 hours. A drink would only be necessary. There is a place to buy some food by the gift store when you get out.

I hope this helps! Enjoy your day!
Written June 13, 2020
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tara
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
There is no mask enforcement on the trails whatsoever. I highly recommend not going here, as I just visited today and am definitely worried I contracted COVID-19 at this site. So many people were not wearing masks and the paths and stairs were too narrow to get away from people. Wouldn’t be surprised if this was the new COVID-19 hotspot.
Written August 3, 2020
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