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Easy hike with wood walkway. No use going to upper level, there was no view of falls.

No dogs allowed. Only planked walkways with railings. Nice for handicapped or children. Def not a hike. Short but pleasant.

1 month ago

cool waterfall and easy for all ages, check out my write up with pictures and things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/dingmansfalls/

It’s a nice walk not per say a hike. If you are already in the area for another trail it’s a good place to stop by at the end to see the falls. People kept stopping to take pictures and getting off trail even though it says specifically not to get off the trail. Dogs are not allowed. Visitor center staff is really nice. They have maps.

Beautiful location, the hike is really nice and easy!personally i wouldn’t have known it was 1.4 miles if i didn’t have this app!

This is a very approachable, probably ADA accessible trail on a wide, flat boardwalk all the way to the lower Dingmans Falls viewpoint. I think one small section was level dirt, then the boardwalk started again. From there, the trail heads up a bunch of stairs, which we didn't do! Note that if you plug "Dingmans Falls" into Google Maps, it takes you to a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Instead, tell Google to take you to "Dingmans Falls Visitor Center".

2 months ago

Relatively easy trail. The beginning is a boardwalk and goes past a small waterfall. As you continue on, there are a few sets of stairs. The best view of the large waterfall is from the bottom. There are stairs to go up above, but the view is blocked by the foliage. As you continue on, there are more stairs that lead to the top of the waterfall. It took about half an hour to complete (out and back)

I called the park office and they told me this will be closed for at least a year. They haven’t scheduled a time to fix it, could be years.

I would totally recommend this trail. The Waterfalls were beautiful and roaring with water. This map gets you to the Dingmans Falls Visitor Center parking lot. You will follow the boardwalk trail to the first waterfall Silver Thread and then continue to Dingmans Falls. If you walk up the steps to the top of Dingmans Falls and back it is just shy of a mile.

easy and beautiful hike

It’s still closed.

4 months ago

Road is open. Beautiful hike.

Such a beautiful trail. Doesn’t take long at all. If you’re able to, climb the steps and check out the waterfall from above.

I have visited the place after heavy snow and it's beautiful. The road which leads to Dingman falls Visitor center is closed in winters, so park your car near 209, where you see Dingman falls board. Its about half mile walk to the visitors center and 1 mile hike from there. There are restrooms near visitors center. The road which leads to visitors center it partially cleaned so its not difficult walking its just that vehicles are not allowed. From visitors center to falls there is a boardwalk and it gets slippery during snow. The silver threads falls is very beautiful and it was 70% frozen. The Dingman falls is beautiful, after which the trail leads to the rim of the falls with a lot of stairs, but the view was not great, so if you are with kids don't take the trouble just skip that part.

I parked on Old Silver Lake Rd., I should have brought my spikes for my shoes. I think it was closed, but they must be repairing it as there is lots of new wood and repairs that have been made. The only hard thing on this hike was the ice covered steps etc. Otherwise I think this will be open in the spring. The waterfalls is awesome.

Nice setting to the falls...unfortunately my recording kept shutting down. So its roughly 1.5 miles in & out I believe..my first time here. Lots of the board walk has been repaired from last year’s tree mess The main gate in closed so you need to walk the mile up the road to the start of the trail, easy walk with the creek to keep to occupied..

I went on November 3rd 2018. Fall colors were still there. It was a good hike. Falls was awesome.

The trail is open and is beautiful. Two large waterfalls, easily accessible. Highly recommended.

Opens 10/31/18 at 1pm... Not a trick but certainly a treat.


11 months ago


I've been to these trails before so I can tell you it's very nice however the trails are closed right now, in fact the entire road is closed.

I read that this park is closed indefinitely. sad.

loved this park soery to hear about the damage hoping they restore it soon

This trail, along with many others, is currently closed due to significant storm damage. Unfortunately Childs Park had over 100 trees come down, damaging the many boardwalks and paths. Restoration could take up to 2 years. :-(

Pretty short hike with 3 waterfalls. Very well marked and maintained.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Usually very busy with lots of people but the waterfalls are pretty. Very easy hike, great for kids, not great for strollers because there are some stairs to climb.

Spectacular. Loved this hike with all it’s wooden pathways and waterfalls!

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