Hiking Frozen Waterfalls
By Kristy Carrico
Hiking is one of my favorite pastimes! While on a New Year’s Day hike with my neighbor four years ago we committed to doing a hike every month. We have been as far south as the Pine Barrens, west into Pennsylvania, north into New York and so much in between. We take turns choosing the hike and haven’t missed a month yet. Her favorites are mountain tops and vistas while I love a great waterfall! What could be better on a sunny winter morning than a brisk walk to see frozen waterfalls?
Last week we did one of my favorite winter hikes, Dingmans Falls in Delaware Township, PA. It’s in the Delaware Water Gap and takes a little over an hour to get there but the view is worth it. It’s a very popular place to visit in the summer but the visitor’s center and bathrooms are closed in the winter and the road is blocked off. There is a small parking area right off the road and you can walk up the driveway about a mile to the waterfalls. The actual hike is on a boardwalk, is handicap accessible, and is only about ½ mile round trip. Silverthread Falls is the first waterfall you come to. This tall and narrow falls was almost completely frozen and there were a few ice climbers there. Ice climbing is a popular sport that takes training and special equipment and these climbers had traveled over two hours to climb Silverthread. Ice climbing is not for me as I have a fear of heights and don’t really care to be wet and cold at the same time.
Continue on the boardwalk to the beautiful Dingmans Falls. This is a stunning 40 foot waterfall that pools into a pond like area. You can see different views of the falls by climbing the 221 stairs to the top. There is also a trail (2.4 miles) that continues to Child’s Park but it was not visible in the snow so we didn’t venture there. Dingmans Falls was still flowing abundantly but there was a safe area that was frozen that we ventured out on. Exhilarating!
This hike is beautiful in the winter, spring, and fall! PTCOE is planning to schedule some hikes this spring, summer, and fall and are hoping our friends will join us.
How To Get There
Take I-287N to I-80W to NJ-15N (exit 34B) to US-206N. Turn left at Tuttles Corner Dingmans Road and continue into Pennsylvania. Turn left on US-209 for .25 mile and the parking area/driveway will be on the right.
Lat: 41.13.50N Long: 74.53.32W
Other Waterfalls In The Area
George W. Childs Park