Glen Onoko Falls and Lehigh Gorge Overlook Trail

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Lehigh Gorge State Park

Glen Onoko Falls and Lehigh Gorge Overlook Trail 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.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,003 feet Route Type: Loop

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IMPORTANT: This is a dangerous and difficult hike. Proper hiking shoes and gear recommended. Beware that access to the falls may be restricted at certain times. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Please note that partial trail closures have been reported for this trail as of 06/02/2020. 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.

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rocky
23 hours ago

Absolutely perfect!! Went up the scenic side along the waters edge. Signs everywhere that warn of danger of slippery rocks and death due to slips and falls. Hiking boots recommended and a sound mind. If you trust you step you won't fall. The Trail on the waters edge is rough but the overlook walk is easy for anyone and leads rite to the falls! I DO NOT RECOMMEND WALKING DOWN WATERS EDGE! VERY STEEP SIPPERY AND DANGROUS!

Trail is challenging - you should be fine if you are in a good physical condition. Proper shoes and hiking stick are required as it tends to get really slippery. In some parts it gets confusing since the markings are fading as the trail is currently closed

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closed
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private property
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scramble
5 days ago

Okay usually you’re supposed to make your way up the waterfalls but we did it in reverse due to some closures and morals in the beginning. I still recommend you take the way up the waterfalls .. just because it was pretty dangerous to go down in reverse. The trail was excellent- great weather to start the day with thunder showers in the near future. The first mile is completely uphill and once you get it done it’s a rewarding place to sit at the top to catch your breath. Then it was smooth sailing until we reached the beautiful waterfalls. The trail is closed! So re-route or enter at your own risk| apparently a local said someone passed away on the trail ( due to stupidity and lack of attention and focus ) about a year ago.

9 days ago

It is a good trail, but the section that goes along the falls is closed.

13 days ago

Amazing trails. I always loved hiking and being active, but this trail made me love hiking to a whole other level, and I highly recommend this to anybody that is in good condition to do this. It made me appreciate and learn a lot about hiking.

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19 days ago

Awesome trail, says it's closed but.., just follow the falls all the way up. Not well marked. You must were proper footwear, it gets slippery. Lots of water too.

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rocky
21 days ago

Great trail, lost a lot of calories because of all the uphill. Beautiful waterfall.

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closed
rocky
1 month ago

Expected much more based on other reviews. The hike to the bottom of the waterfall is closed ( as stated here) however still expected amazing views. It’s ok - nothing spectacular. The first part of the trail is a rocky “stair like” road up the mountain. Long part is a flat gravel road and then back the same way you came down the rocks ( since loop can’t be completed). Waterfall can only be seen from the top. The hike is just under 3 miles and was a good workout for my boys ages 10-12. Scenery doesn’t change a whole lot throughout the hike. Good way to spend 1.5h with family but wouldn’t come back.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Hiking up the stream/waterfalls feels like being in a rainforest. Definitely hike up, not down, along the waterfalls. Don’t go on a wet day. The waterfalls are impressive and I saw a rattlesnake on the ridge top loop.

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closed
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

For photo trail map, see recording: https://api-v4.alltrails.com/explore/recording/glen-onoko-falls-and-lehigh-gorge-overlook-trail-cd474f6 This is an UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL trail! The scenery is magnificent! It is also VERY rocky and VERY STEEP. It is best to wear hiking shoes/boots. The trail along the falls is actually closed, but there are many people on it with a lot of dogs too. I uploaded many pictures here on AllTrails, but they do not even capture the beauty, serenity, peace, and solitude of this place. May you always find joy in the scent of fresh air, the way breeze feels, the glistening reflection of a splashing creek, and the sound of wind in the trees.

This trail is hands down the best hike I’ve ever been on. I will say you should be cautious on the waterfall section of the trail, it can get slippery at some points. The first mile is a tough uphill haul but everything after it is well worth it. This hike has everything from high overlooks to waterfalls and just perfect scenery! I will definitely be back!

JEAN RUN TRAIL TO FALLS ORANGE TO BLUE TO RED DOWN TO GORGE

Red Overlook Trail to top of the mountain to Bridge of the falls down to orange trail to blue (short cut trail) back to Red Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike along a gorgeous river/waterfall. Although closed, the trail is not gone or patrolled. The kiosk at the trailhead still shows the marked trail in case you get lost and end up on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely has the correct rating of “hard”. It’s a short hike mileage wise but you are going straight up at certain points and basically rock climbing for a few minutes. I would suggest only doing this trek on a dry day. If the rocks are wet you will most likely fall at some point.

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muddy
7 months ago

We did this hike last weekend. It had a light rain and was a bit muddy. Fun hike and will be heading back to do it again this fall if possible. Will add another hike to this one next time we head up to the mountains. Only failure was not taking pictures.

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