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George W. Childs Recreation Site Trail [CLOSED]

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Childs State Forest Park

George W. Childs Recreation Site Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania that features a lake 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.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 141 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


no dogs

Note: As of November 2019, this trail is still closed.

6 months ago

One of the loveliest places. Easy scenic trails with gorgeous waterfalls and running streams that you can walk into. Such a shame it is closed - hoping it will reopen one day.

Sat May 04 2019

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.

Thu Apr 25 2019

It’s still closed.

Mon Jan 28 2019

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.

Sun Sep 02 2018


Fri Apr 13 2018

I read that this park is closed indefinitely. sad.

Thu Mar 29 2018

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

Sat Mar 24 2018

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. :-(

Mon Jan 29 2018

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

Wed Jan 10 2018

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

Sun Nov 05 2017

It is very family friendly! there are options to walk around falls or take a few trails that surround area. This place is compared to BushKills but not as extravagant and it free

Sun Oct 15 2017

Went here a few weekends ago by myself and was presently surprised how easy it was. Got in around 10 with not many people around and by time I left close to 12:15 tons of cars in the parking lot.

Fri Sep 15 2017

3 waterfalls in a short loop. Great first hike for granddaughters 7 and 3

Sat Sep 02 2017

This park is well-maintained and provides an enjoyable walk along a hard-packed clay trail. the first of three falls that you'll see is Factory Falls with the remains of an old stone mill nearby. Further on is Fulmer Falls which looks nice from the obstructed side view but does not offer a good view from below. And further down is Deer Leap Falls that flows from below the bridge and provides a shallow and picturesque swimming and picnic area below. You can also hike up the other side of the falls for different views.

Sun Aug 27 2017

Easy to do with kids. Come prepared for getting wet, there's a swimming hole at the bottom. Wear water shoes in the swimming hole, it's very slippery.

Sun Aug 27 2017

This was a cute, fun and scenic trail. It was pretty trafficked and hard to walk in some spots because of all of the people, but it was still a nice experience. The waterfalls were beautiful, and the trail was very easy to walk on. It was not steep/rocky/slippery from what I remember. It seemed good for all ages. I saw a few older people walking with ease, and my seven year old son was easily able to complete the trail. If you are in the area and want to walk and see some falls I definitely recommend checking this place out.

Fri Aug 25 2017

Great place for kids to get out an explore. The views are beautiful.

Sun Aug 13 2017

nice! some steep stairs

Sat Jul 22 2017

I absolutely adored this place, so we'll main yes by the national park service. Less than 2 miles out and back but you ca. Hike down either sides of the falls. Factory at the top was probably the most scenic fall to look at the middle falls, Fulmer, would likely be impressive but you're kept at a distance on the trails and there are obstructions. Some kids were swimming in this area and got scolded by a ranger. The bottom falls Deer Leap, seemed to allow swimming and it's a nice place to do so. Lots of stair throughout but a very scenic trail. I would definitely recommend.

Sat Jul 15 2017


Mon May 22 2017

Lovely picnic areas and waterfalls but no dogs allowed

Sun Apr 16 2017

Beautiful hike, lots of spots and rest along the falls and play in the water. Great lunch hike!

Sun Apr 09 2017

Janice and I did this hike and added another 2 miles by just following Dingmans creek. It was a good hike. We stayed at a cottage close enough to hike right from the back of the cottage.

Sun Nov 27 2016

Perfect for short walk with family. Well maintained trail and stairs with several places to observe the falls and learn a little local history and ecology.

Sat Oct 22 2016

Very easy and short hike. The waterfalls were pretty close to the parking lot, so even grandma/grandpa could go check them out. There are several trails in the area, so we did 3 separate short hikes.

Sat Oct 08 2016

The first waterfall is wheelchair and stroller accessible. We went when the leaves were changing and our photos could've been taken from calendars or postcards. Easy hike but if you really want to enjoy it you'll need extra time to soak in the views.

Mon Sep 26 2016

We only saw two other people the whole time we were there. Very secluded. Extra large waterfalls to climb around. Nice swimming holes as well. Not too strenuous but rocky at some parts. Took about an hour, maybe a little less.

Fri Aug 19 2016

Very nice park and trail. Many photo opportunities for photographers.

Thu Aug 04 2016

Does anyone know if you can bring your dog?

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