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October 31, 2013
From journal Fall in the Pocono Mountains
Litchfield County, Connecticut
November 26, 2007
From journal A Day and Night in the Water Gap
September 16, 2005
From journal Ridge Top Village at Shawnee
August 27, 2005
From journal Summer Vacation in the Poconos
July 18, 2004
We had brought a picnic lunch to take on the trail, but no food or drink (except water) is allowed on the trails. This wasn’t a problem as they provide many different picnic areas including pavilions and groves with open grills, all were clean and inviting.
The entrance fee was quite reasonable, $36 for three adults and two children and that gained you entrance into the wildlife exhibit and then onto the trails. There are four trails in all. Each is a different length and skill level. The shorter ones are good for those people with small children who will be hiking along with them, but the longer ones are fairly easy (beg-intermed) if the children are older. Mine are 16, 11 & 8, and we did the blue trail and veered onto the yellow and then the red toward the end. The trails are well marked and kept in good repair. There are many steep, narrow stairs, and bridges, especially around the falls themselves (many different falls), but it is quite worth the hike for the view. The trails harbor many benches for those who need a resting place, and trash receptacles for empty water bottles. You will need a good pair of sneakers or hiking boots to be comfortable on this trail. We witnessed many "hikers" in sandals or flip-flops. I would strongly recommend using common sense as this is a natural area, not manmade.
Definitely bring your binoculars, camera and/or video camera as the scenery is breath taking. There are numerous photo opportunities, so make sure you have plenty of film and batteries. We forgot to bring extra batteries and ran out of juice too early, but we did get a few good shots of the spectacular main falls.
Be sure to do some good leg stretches before and after your hike as it is a good workout on the thigh and calf muscles! The red trail boasts 1,267 steps in all!!
The only other advice I might add is to remember that this is in the woods so be sure to bring bug spray to ward off ticks and other insects. Sunscreen might be a good idea if it is sunny, but most of the trails are nicely shaded, also because of the shade, you might bring a light jacket or such if it seems like it could turn cooler as you hike on.
We had a terrific time together challenging each other to get up the hills first, or investigating the plant and insect life along the trails. It was a great, relaxing family day.
From journal Pennsylvania Poconos-Not just for Honeymooners
September 24, 2003
The fragile ecology is of utmost importance, and the shrubs, rocks, and roots are really important, and there are encouraging signs to help you keep away from areas which may be dangerous to trek through. There's a lot of hiking, and comfortable shoes are a must!!
It's been said that Charles E. Peters first opened Bushkill Falls to the public in 1904, with a single path and a swinging bridge over the head of the main falls, and it's still owned by the Peters family, and it's one of the most worthwhile scenic attractions in the Poconos. We enjoyed it, and we were grateful for the many photo-op stops and rest areas where we could catch our breath before the next climb.
There's so many highlights to speak about, like the bridge over the Lower Gorge Falls to the Top of the Main Falls, to Lovers' Nook, and a variety of other wonderful nature sights.
One point: if you have children under 4 years of age, you may note that strollers are not recommended because of the rockiness of the area.
All in all, though, the almost 2 miles of spectacular mountain scenery and eight breathtaking falls was worth the trip.
From journal Pennsylvania Here We Come!!!
Centereach, New York
February 5, 2003
There are many photo-opportunity stops where you can just snap away or relax and take in the scenery. There are some shops that offer unique articles and a variety of food and beverages.
Remeber to wear your hiking boots and have a fun day.
From journal The Shawnee Experience
October 19, 2002
You enter through a small museum, which tells you about the wildlife in the area. You go through displays of stuffed animals, flora and fauna. It’s a warm up for what is to come.
The area is divided into colored hiking trails that offer varying degrees of difficulty. The most popular trail takes 45 minutes to hike and leads you past the Main Falls. The problem the day we were there was that a tree had fallen and blocked that path right past the falls, we walked to the falls on that trail and then had to backtrack to change to another trail. The trails that we took (green to yellow then red) are also the easiest route but be warned! Going this way involves climbing many steep wooden stairs. There is no other way to see the Falls. My girl friend who has had many knee surgeries made it to the Falls but not without quite a lot of discomfort and we could not convince her to continue beyond them. I have arthritic knees but I was able to navigate the area with a minimal amount of pain. The view at the Falls certainly made it worthwhile. Don’t be fooled however, Niagara Falls this ain’t. But the wonderful sylvan setting and the lack of immense crowds certainly made up for the lack of water volume. If you are up for a more strenuous hike take the blue or red trail to Bridal Veil Falls.
We spent about 2 hours wandering with the kids though the woods and along the streams. It was relaxing and enervating at the same time.
From journal Our Summer in the Poconos