Bushkill Falls, PA
On Sunday we drove down to the Bushkill Falls in Pennsylvania. The Bushkill falls are a series of 8 waterfalls. These falls can be easily accessed through well maintained trails. There are 4 trails, colour coded based on length and difficulty level. We took the Red. This is the longest and is supposed to be the hardest. If you are even reasonable fit, this trail is not hard to do. Just make sure you have good shoes on your feet.
We saw young children, families with babies strapped on and even pets on this trail, so it is definitely doable. There isn’t much water in the falls right now, and there are boards all along the way warning you of this. The woods however, are lovely; dark and deep, and the walk to the falls, despite the crowds, is quiet and enjoyable.
It is a pity they don’t allow dipping in the waters here, probably a blessing too in terms of safety and cleanliness. I am not sure about the water quality of the creeks, so it would be wise to carry your own water on the trails.
I liked the path we took as it builds up well. We started with a view from the top of the Main falls, went on to see the Bridal Veil falls, Bridesmaids falls and Lower Gorge falls, and ended with a view from the bottom of the Main falls. Had we done it the other way round it may not have been as exciting. We skipped the part of the trail leading to the Pennel falls.
They say the Red trail is for avid hikers, but it more of a long walk through woods and stairs really. Word of warning, there are plenty of steps/stairs.