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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.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 1,003 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Muddy

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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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Marty C
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Hiking

(Hiked March 30, 2019) Fairly steep climb up some rock steps that follows alongside a waterfall. The waterfall is pretty cool but the hike was definitely crowded. Got to visit the true top back when it was fully open. Overall a good hike and a nice area to visit.

Haven Gu
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HikingBugsClosed

Short cut trail is partially open. 5 of the attractions of this trail are on the closed portion. But overall very cool place to hike. The waterfall area is a good place to have a rest cuz lots of shade.

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Joshua Paran
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HikingBugsClosedMuddyScramble

Did this trail today, steady incline all the way till 1/2 mile away to the summit then its flat, if you're fit this is a bit on moderate difficulty, will upgrade it to somewhat difficult if it's a wet condition and you're a novice scrambler. Some parts are overgrown. There is a snake molting on the rock cliff and it looks like it's still halfway with the molting so make sure you check it out. Part of the trail going to the falls is "closed". I was in at 8am and by 10am it's somewhat crowded but not full.

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Evan Newman
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The first part of the hike is very steep uphill. Even a physically fit person will need time to catch their breath. But the view at the top is absolutely incredible. And not a single soul was up there likely due to how strenuous it is! But the closed waterfalls section is where the money is. Beautiful views but also very dangerous with the wet rocks. Proper shoes a must. Definitely an amazing hike.

Michael Cox
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HikingBugsMuddy

This was breathtaking and absolutely worth the effort. The full loop is closed, but people do it anyway. If you keep your wits about you and have good shoes, you’ll see how breathtaking it is. Don’t start with waterfalls first, work your way up and then take the closed trail down. You will be climbing a bit!!

Esteban Tobon
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Hiking

This is a very challenging and dangerous trail. You need a lot of hiking experience as well as good physical condition. Beautiful views; overall I had a good experience with this trail. I like a good challenge with nice views.

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Hok Trimnal
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Andrew Conboy
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HikingClosed

The falls are incredible! Just be careful because the falls section of the trail is technically closed. There are a lot of people who do it anyway. There is also a very nice view near the fire pit marker as well!

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eagartland18 .
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Hiking

It’s hard work to the viewpoint but 100% worth it. Not many people up there either because it’s definitely a challenging hike. If your cardio isn’t fairly strong, you might not enjoy this as the first hour is like walking up stairs of varying sizes. There is a point where you can see the waterfalls even though the old path is closed. It’s on the east side where the red trail meets back up with the shortcut trail (blue).

Max Pinado
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HikingRockyScramble

Awesome hike. 1st mile is a tough climb but the ridge at the top is incredible. Awesome views and a few big waterfalls. It might be hard if you’re not a mountain goat.

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Emily Gonzalez
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Yicheng Zhang
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HikingRocky

Fantastic trail! It’s pretty hard but the scenery is totally worth it!

Brian Juberigan
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Shasha Feng
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HikingRockyScramble

We went in the long loop and there is an outlook with great view. Strongly recommend the longest loop if physical condition permits.

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Katrina Morris
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HikingRocky

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!

Atla ntun
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HikingClosedRocky

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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Alexander Slaughter
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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.

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