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Glen Onoko Falls and Lehigh Gorge Overlook Trail [CLOSED]

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Lehigh Gorge State Park

Glen Onoko Falls and Lehigh Gorge Overlook Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 1,003 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Cave Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble Closed
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NOTE: A portion of this loop is closed. The closed portion goes straight from the road up to the falls. Please be respectful and do not hike this closed section. This is a dangerous and difficult hike. Proper hiking shoes and gear recommended. This is a great hike with beautiful viewpoints of the falls. There is need for some scrambling and crawling. The top of the last fall is blocked off due to danger hazards. This trail is not very well marked especially at the bottom so beware of your general location.

There is a bathroom and paved parking lots.

Phone: 570-443-0400 Manager: Rex Bradish hickoryrunsp@pa.gov

If it has recently rained or is a wet day it is advisable to skip this trail or be extra careful with your footing.

Be aware that if you Google Glen Onoko Falls you will be directed to the wrong location, so follow the directions in the app to find the trailhead.

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Dan Clementi
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The Falls Trail is my favorite trail in the state. Since it’s been closed for about a year-and-a half, I haven’t been back to Leigh Gorge until today. I took the Short Cut Trail to the top of the “falls,” and it’s a shell of its former self; Even waterfalls are broken this year; I took the Overlook Trail out to the Leigh Overlook at the fire pit. Many people mistaken the first small outlook as “THE” outlook, but you must continue on the small unmarked trail. Have plenty of cell battery as it’s sometimes easy to loose this trail. Lots of great picture opportunities at the overlook and nice people along the way!

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Rob Cotton
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I grew up hiking this trail and it's one of the few good things about carbon county. trail is only closed because morons keep getting themselves hurt and the local rescue teams have to save them. It's an easy and safe hike if you're not an imbecile. sadly, this area is known for its imbeciles.

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Suresh Borsadia
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We took this trail on Sunday. Based on the earlier reviews we decided to go up via the Glen Onoko trail even though signs say it is closed. Got there early around 8 and glad we decided to go up Glen Onoko trail. It is a tough climb and hiking shoes are highly recommended. We were the only ones on the trail, so took our time enjoying the various falls along the way. I guess the rocks and boulders can be slippery and dangerous when wet but we were fortunate to have had a couple days of dry weather before we went. If you love waterfalls this is a great hike. The stops at the falls also break the monotony of the climb. There is a beautiful view from the top of one of the upper falls. From there we continued to the Leigh trail overlook via the service road which continues to ascend slowly. The View from the Leigh overlook itself is gorgeous and with the climb. Few small flatfish boulders to sit on and enjoy the view of the valley and several hawks that keep gliding by. We continued down from there on the Leigh trail. It is down hill all the way so by the end the knees do go wobbly. Total hike is about 4 miles. Tips: go up Glen Onoko trail and come down the Leigh overlook trail. If you only do the Leigh overlook trail, the view is still worthwhile but just remember it is a continuous climb with nary a distraction on the way. So you could end up asking those on the way down - how much further? Are we there yet? Wear hiking shoes, especially if you plan to do Glen Onoko

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Kenny K
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Fantastic hike. Beautiful views, awesome waterfalls, and cool scenery all throughout hike. Steep incline to start out, but flattens out at the first view point. Be sure to continue straight after this view point instead of turning left to the shortcut to the falls. Closed signs throughout, but no reason trail should be closed. Do use caution as there are a few steep drop offs and slippery rocks.

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TAS Skl
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Officially the trail is closed, perhaps should be closed only winter as rocks would be slippery. Proceed with good judgement with no issue.

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Eric Martin
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Great trail. Wear good shoes and ignore the signs. Use the app to make sure you know where you are. No reason this trail should be closed at all.

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Pebbles Eble
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Difficult hike, but worth every scramble! Good physical condition and hiking shoes are important for this path. Would recommend hiking up the waterfalls, and then going down on the loop trail (going in reverse down the waterfall path is quite challenging). 4 beautiful waterfalls and amazing Mountain View overlooks.

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Genine Proietto-Chesky
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HikingClosedGreat!RockyScramble

Best Pocono/PA trail if you want a good adventure! Wear your grippiest hikers. Got caught in a storm on the descend & it made me wonder if I was on the trail or in drainage ditches bc the trail sides at some points were up to my hips, more of challenging climb on the way up. Great feeling of accomplishment :)

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Riley Pewterbaugh
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It’s a good challenge and I loved it. If you are aware and careful of your footing you have nothing to worry about. Some parts are slippery. Would suggest to go with a friend, beautiful views!

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Jamie Walsh
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I went a couple years ago when the falls trail was still open. Very dangerous sections (especially for someone scared of heights) people die there every year. It’s sad to hear that the section of the trail is closed, but definitely necessary. There are other areas of the area that are beautiful to explore

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Matthew Nardizzi
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Such an incre

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Eliezer Cruz
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Great place, didn't make all the way since it's close but had a blast exploring the Turnhole tunnel .

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Rice Beann
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permentaly closed

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Gene Krasko
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Hiking

Excellent moderate trail for a quick workout hiking

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Chachie Charish Param
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This trail is not for kids and beginners. We went to overlook trail first. Once we reached the top of the water falls, we went down (where it says the trail is closed) once you go down to the waterfalls, follows the red dot, it will lead you to the end of the trails and more waterfalls. (Dangerous, rocky and steep) so be extra caution and careful. Wear proper shoes. This trail is hard. But definitely worth it! Im proud to survive this trail. Best of luck!

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Whitney Tam
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Loved this hike. Definitely a little dangerous but just be careful. Started on the overlook trail and then reached the waterfall and then went down the glen onoko trail. Clearly marked trails. A bit of spiders but not that bad. I highly recommend the glen onoko even though it says it’s closed.

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Tony Eph
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Lots of spider webs/overgrown plants. There’s a lookout but main attraction of the waterfall is closed. Rest In Peace those who died.

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John Ferrara
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The best part is permanently closed down but if you’re experienced don’t let us stop you. Be careful cause a wrong move can really cost you here.. however the closed portion was one of the best 1.5 miles I’ve ever been been on..

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