Raymondskill Creek is one of many streams that tumble through steep Pocono ravines to the Delaware River's west shore. As you enter the ravine, you pass under a canopy of easter hemlock trees. These tall evergreens - some of the park's oldest - thrive in the cool moisture of waterfall ravines, and in turn shape the plant community on the forest floor.
Raymondskill Falls, which is about five miles north of Dingmans Falls. is the highest in Pennsylvania, and falls in three beautiful sections. Because it isn't as popular area as the other falls, it is likely to be not as heavily visited as well.
The top section of the falls is handicapped-accessible via a paved trail that leads from the parking area.
The five-foot cascade, shown in this photo, isn't particularly impressive but it is beautiful as it falls into a large pool of dark water. The area is a nice peaceful place to eat lunch or relax and admire the grandeur of the area.
Favorite thing: To the left of the top overlook, the pool drains into the next set of cascades. This second section of the falls is the tallest of the three, falling around 60 or 70 feet down a steep rock wall in several cascades. It's pleasing to the eye, but not particularly camera-friendly, due to the trees - and the spray.
Another photo of Raymondskill Falls. A quarter-mile round-trip hike leads through a hemlock ravine to the Upper Falls (a 70 foot climb). The Middle Falls are a half-mile round trip, using steep and uneven steps (150 foot climb).
Raymondskill Creek lies at the bottom of the ravine and is a 1 mile round-trip, with a steep ascent of 200 feet on your return. We never had time to visit this part of the Falls.
Favorite thing: As I mentioned earlier, it's difficult to get great shots of the Falls due to the shadows cast by the tall Hemlock trees. and if you get closer to the water, you can't get all the Falls into the shot, LOL!
Only a day or so before this picture was taken, we had crossed the Delaware River from Lewes, Delaware, to Cape May, in New Jersey. The difference there was that the river was 17 miles wide at that point!
The river here looks inviting, but it is deceiving. The recent heavy rains have swollen the river, and consequently it was flowing more swiftly than usual. However, the Delaware River is one of the cleanest and most scenic rivers in the East, and there are designated safe bathing beaches at Milford and Smithfield Beach.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1965. It is one of more than 380 parks in the National Park System.
for more information, you can write to:
Delaware Water Gap
National Recreation Area
Bushkill, PA 18324-9999
A final reminder. Just take a look at the path here, where Mary is standing. It's not suited to elderly or infirm walkers. There are many exposed roots of the Hemlock trees. I had to hold mary's hand for much of the trail. Aaah, Bless! LOL.
You can find out more about the Delaware Water Gap by visiting the National Park Service website at:
nps water gap
Favorite thing: The Delaware Water Gap can be seen from miles. You can see the Gap from about 25 miles in New Jersey. This picture was taken only a few miles from my home.
Making it halfway up Mt. Tammany to the
sweet little outlook over the delaware river,
to be sent back by the ranger cause a bear
had attacked a kid the day prior (the kid is
OK as far as I know)
Favorite thing: Another picture of the Falls. Every twist and turn on the path required yet another photo. It's difficult to really do justice to these magnificent Falls with such small pictures.
Favorite thing: The group of teenagers we found canoeing here came from a High School in Philadelphia. They seemed to have had a great time, although they were almost finished when we arrived.