Explore the most popular hiking trails in Lehigh Gorge State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Been hiking this trail for years. Today was a beautiful day to take the puppers out. Beware of snakes. Today Shadow stepped on a timber rattlesnake (a very large one at that) and it is a miracle she didn’t get bit.

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11 days ago

Wear boots. Go left and hike/scramble up the trail. Plan to take about three hours on this hike, maybe longer depending on how long you take when you take a breather.

My wife, pup and I hiked September 8th, 9:00 am, ~65 degree weather. It took three hours and was a terrific hike, but we really couldn't have been luckier with the temperature and the recent rains. The falls were beautiful and the air was clean permitting a great vista of the Lehigh valley. We went right on the Glen Onoko Loop up to the falls. It was reasonably steep up the ~1,000 foot climb and I imagine going left could be difficult. We had a dog so we didn't want to go the more difficult route, but we may have missed a few falls. If rain is a possibility, ankle high boots are a good idea. Otherwise, low cut hiking shoes aren't unreasonable. Apple maps won't take you to the correct trailhead. There is a sign on Main street for the falls, soon after you get off of North street that will take you in the correct direction.

very pretty hike! throughout the whole hike its stunning with tons of small waterfalls and beautiful rocks stacked up. the scene at one fall is pretty but be careful not to slip. the beginning is a little difficult to navigate but this app should help as well as "east coast hiker" just google that and he gives great directions in the beginning after that you'll start to see pink/orange markers which later turns into a green if you go right and I think blue if you go left? I'm not sure about left because if you go left it takes you through the whole trail, I was with my husband who got hungry

The trail is pretty well marked most of the way, certain areas didn't have markings but following the beaten path will get you back on track. Some slippery spots along the falls but overall pretty stable footing. Nice variety of difficulty levels and views, certain stretches of long uphill/downhill treks. Very rocky, boots with ankle support recommended. The overlook is not that large of an area, we lucked out being there without anybody else but it was worth the view. The Lehigh River Overlook is pretty well grown up with saplings and would not recommend stopping. Overall a good hike if you want to burn a few hours with a variety of difficulties. Recommend going earlier in the morning than early afternoon due to traffic

Awesome trail! Definitely a little difficult. I started on the falls side (orange blaze) and followed the red blaze to complete the loop.

Great trail! Went on a busy weekend during the afternoon- the part of the trail near the falls was a bit crowded but everyone moved along at a good pace...markings were kept very well, and we loved the challenge in elevation changes. Definitely wear hiking boots and other clothes to change into if you are interested in going in the falls or walking through the streams.

Definitely a climb on many of the spots going on the trail by the waterfalls which isn’t always well marked. Did some climbing to the side and back. I like the vista but there are better ones in Jim Thorpe. I took the red trail up to the fire line trail and back. Always interesting things to see whether it is remains of the resort that burned down or the underground tunnels by the parking lot. Parking was a little tough as the whitewater rafter buses take many spots away. Beautiful place year round. I have been here when Falls were ice and you think summer is a challenge? I give this five stars because of the workout and fun of the falls but vistas aren’t that great except in the fall when you have better views.

Great day hike! Beautiful waterfall views, moderately hard trek up but it’s a quick loop.

Awesome workout! Treacherous hiking! Short trails, beautiful falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and is accurately rated as difficult. I hiked the loop twice, once starting left, and then starting right. I recommend starting left because then you are hiking the most difficult part first and it is safer to hike up the falls than down. Not great markings to follow but still doable.

Moderately difficult trail. Definitely wear boots. Wet and slippery in several areas. Do the Orange trail to the left to go up. At the top turn right at the fire pit and take the Red Trail. Ironically the first marker you see is a Blue Marker. This is the Red Trail even though the first market is Blue. Several sections could use a grab wire or rope. One slip and you are over the edge. Winter time be prepared for lots of ice.

Great, scenic hike. Take a waterproof backpack, wear proper hiking boots, bring water and a snack. On very nice days it can get busy and there are a lot of people who don't hike with proper attire, but it didn't bother us. People were very courteous and friendly. Take the Orange trail to hike up the falls, it's nice and cool, lots of great waterfalls! We didn't hike the whole Orange trail, once we got to the top we cut over to go down on the Blue marked trail. It is very rocky, slippery in some spots, but the adventure is fun!

Great family hike, moderate difficulty, well worth the effort! Best to wear hiking boots or trail shoes.

Fantastic hike. Very difficult climb and certainly dangerous at many spots along the climb. We took our 15 year old and 6 year old (who is tough as nails). They did really great. Do NOT attempt this climb without hiking boots and pants. We were crawling in spots and on all fours going up. Worth the hour to the top. The falls are breathtaking! I was amazed at how many people were climbing back down the same way they came up. Seriously dangerous! When you get all the way at the top of the last fall you’ll find a fire ring. The trail on your right takes you back down a very easy decent right into the parking lot.

Great hike! The trail isn’t marked well and it’s easy to get off track without using the map on AllTrails. The waterfalls were amazing, especially with all the rain, but quite a bit of the trail had ankle deep standing water too. The overlooks were also just as beautiful.

Difficult at some points but very worth it! Be careful as it is very slippery in places!

Great trail very physical need to have good boots and be careful lots of fun spectacular views

definitely worth the effort

we got there at 10 on a summer Sunday and it was nice, but packed when we left. highly recommend going up on the left and down on the right. took the blue trail with our tough 8 year old and it was about 2h with a lunch stop

love this place!!! so beautifulll

This used to be one of my favorite loops but the crowd really kills it. Last time I was there, a child went full Tarzan and swung from a branch. Cute, until the branch came down and hit me in the head, nearly knocking me down the dangerous falls. The other children laughed while the mother scoffed at me. I guess she didn't like the angry look on my face. The only person who was sincerely apologetic was the father. This is dangerous terrain and if your children cannot be respectful or if you cannot control.them, LEAVE YOUR KIDS AT HOME.

I see people taking the trail backwards and coming DOWN the fall side, with tears in their eyes because they didn't think it was going to be so hard. I see them not heeding the warnings and wearing flip flops. People are dumb.

The nature is gorgeous and serene... The falls are beautiful and wicked and plentiful. I wish people would be more respectful and NOT LEAVE THEIR LITTER BEHIND!

The hike is one with a fairly difficult incline, lightly scrambled, often muddy. The trail is small with enough room for one or two people side by side. Difficult, dangerous trail but not too demanding of anyone who is in shape or has full function of feet and knees.

One of my favorite little hikes. Involves a bit of climbing up rocks and finding the trail every now and then, but the views are worth every second. The three falls are awesome and the overlook is a must see. Very fun hike!

Three waterfalls total. The top one is more square in shape. Overall,good hike. It's honestly not as bad as people say. Took my girlfriend there on her first real hike. Just take it slowly and all will go well :)

Maybe I missed the overlook? This is def not hard and should be rated moderate. It is very crowded, the waterfalls are pretty and it is a little confusing finding the trail but relatively well marked once you’re on it. I took the red trail up, supposedly steeper side. If you go this route you see the waterfalls fairly quickly. I came down the orange trail, much less crowded but still a good bit of traffic

An absolutely stunning hike!! This hike is packed with scrambling, climbing, impressive waterfalls and an abandoned railroad tunnel (which is open to the public). While my boyfriend and I are not experienced hikers, we did manage to complete the entire loop. With that said, invest in some quality hiking boots and use extreme caution when near the falls. Tip: go to the left trail, instead of the right trail, first when beginning the hike. The left trail is consistently strenuous due to the steep footing and rocky terrain. Complete the difficult part of the trail first. Many people were turning around after the last fall, however, you can continue by following the well-marked trail blazes. This will lead you to a less intense, more secure climb down to the parking lot.

Hiked with our 11, 10, and 5 year-olds, and they loved it. However, we came across several families with scared/crying/injured kids. This is NOT a hike for unpracticed families. Hiking boots, not sneakers, definitely help kids with the upward rock scrambles.

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