Dingmans Falls via Dingmans Creek Trail

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Childs State Forest Park

Dingmans Falls via Dingmans Creek Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length1.4 miElevation gain249 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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The road leading to this trailhead may be closed during the winter, adding an extra 2 miles roundtrip. When Dingmans Falls Road is closed, there are still parking spots right when you turn onto Dingmans off of Federal Rd. Please check with the park before visiting for closure information: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm This is an easy hike to two beautiful waterfalls in Childs Park within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Dingmans Creek trailhead is at the end of Mollineaux Road, off of Johnny Bee Road. From the Dingmans Falls visitor center, it is a quick walk to Silver Thread Falls along a boardwalk. The boardwalk trail is wide and level which is ideal for those requiring wheelchair access. Silver Thread falls is a tall and thin falls. The remaining part of the trail to Dingmans Falls is less than a mile and mostly on boardwalk. Dingmans Falls is impressive in terms of size and flow and has a unique look with its angles drop at the bottom. If you want to continue your hike and add some elevation, you have the option to take stairs up to the top of the falls. The top of the falls provides various vantage points and resting areas. This is a busy trail and the parking area fills up quickly, especially on weekends.

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Ally Brion
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Absolutely amazing... even with the additional 2 miles with the road closed in the winter. The flow was great on both falls. Ice crampons and a hiking pole are super helpful.

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Alexander Lakatos
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Pa Phoenixville
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Beauriful frozen water falls. Crompons a must for winter hike. We tried extending the hike towards Childs park but had to abodon due to many fallen trees.

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Vic Mac
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Zack H
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Amazing views. 20-25 minute walk (each way) to the trail head during the winter but well worth the effort.

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Nutza H
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Beautiful trail, especially when is snow there. I would like to go again there.

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Sara Ivey
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Andrea Allegra
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Wonderful short hike. There are other hikes in the area, so good for both a short and a longer trail. We visited in the winter with almost nobody around and it was magical.

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Chelsea Saltzman
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We got a little lost but some kind hikers marked the “trail” with stacked rocks. Eventually we did find the actual trail. It was a super pretty easy to moderate hike.

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Samantha Baccala
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Great hike and gorgeous falls, but very icy at points in the winter, especially after snow fall. Not too difficult of a hike, only stairs towards the end of the trail, otherwise pretty flat. Add another mile each way to get in and out when the visitor center is closed. You’ll have to park by the main road and walk up the rest to the beginning of the train and visitor center

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Marzena Kononiuk
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Brody Webster
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Trail has several icy spots. Microspikes are recommended. The road is closed to the trailhead so allow extra time for the ~1 mile hike.

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Lynn Rossi
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I literally did the same trail a week ago, but this time there was much more snow. I parked on a cleared out part of the road, because where I parked last week was a little difficult and I was solo (and started late) so I didn’t want to get stuck alone in the dark. I left my snowshoes in the car and I sort of wish I didn’t haha. Always beautiful, just took a bit longer and today I decided not to finish this trail. Stopped at the top of the falls and went back down. Hella slippery so hold on if you decide to go up/down the stairs. Doesn’t get old :)

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Lynn Rossi
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Very beautiful waterfalls. Currently Dingmans Falls road is closed, but there are parking spots right when you turn onto dingmans off of Federal rd. It does add at least 2 miles (to the visitor center and back) to the hike, but is a pretty walk along the road. The bridges you walk on to get to the falls are normally easy, but they are covered in ice currently. In the winter months, definitely hold onto the railing and take your time. Saw a couple of other people and they were all doing the same.

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Tara McLaughlin
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This is a really easy hike with an awesome payoff. The road up to the visitor’s center has been closed, but the road is paved and easy to navigate. The two waterfalls are gorgeous, and the stairs to get up to the top of the waterfall are a good leg workout.

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Maria Sheehan
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Great for a easy walking trail, with beautiful falls.

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Nicholas Pallesen
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Park in the dirt lot right where the road is closed and walk a mile in to the visitors center. We had the falls entirely to ourselves and only saw two groups on the main road while we were no coming out. The falls are still pretty strong this time of year- views aren’t so great from the top, but the view from the bottom of the falls is awesome. Nice, easy hike!

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Nikki Faithfull
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Very easy trail. There was plenty to look at on the way from the parking lot to the visitor’s center. Definitely take the time to walk the stairs to the top. Best views are from the bottom

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Maria Ferreira
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Berj Bahtiarian
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Beautiful waterfalls. Very easy to walk to both Falls, paved road and boardwalk. The visitor center is closed and the road to the center is closed. Which means approximately an additional 1 mile walk.

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R Marie Court
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Easy walk! There were a bunch of people, but everyone was surprisingly spaced out. Accessible for everyone.

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Cint Gonz
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I love the one man bridges we encountered.

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Monxo Lopez
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It was really nice, but we saw lots of people of all ages. That can be good or bad depending on what you are looking; I don’t mind. It is a pretty curated walk, with a wooden trail, stairs, benches along the way. Really nice.

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Mary Ellen
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Jipzee Roze
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Candice Guth
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I enjoyed the walk and scenery was beautiful I was a little disappointed there were stairs to take you to the top of the waterfall and I personally was not impressed by the view but the stairs did add an impact to walk. It’s not what I consider a hike its lovely stroll through nature. If your looking for a place to take the children and family it’s beautiful and very well maintained also handicap acceptable. I recommend going early to beat the crowds.

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