Hornbecks Creek (Indian Ladders) Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
469 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips





wild flowers




washed out

This trail is closed due to Storm Riley in Pike County, PA One of the hidden treasures of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is undoubtedly Hornbecks Creek Trail, known to some locals as Indian Ladders. Visitors will be delighted to discover an old road-bed trail that meanders along Hornbecks Creek. Once you've arrived at the first waterfall, which by itself is worth the trip, the trail becomes a bit more narrow and rugged. The "ladder" sequence of waterfalls following the first will keep your enthusiasm high. The trail ends at Emery Road.

15 days ago

looks nice but it seems closed

3 months ago

I have been using this trail for the last 30 years. Before it was posted and maintained by parks & rec. We referred to the Indian ladders as the horse tail falls. Several places to swim and fun to climb the Indian ladders.

4 months ago

Great path

6 months ago

Even though the trail is closed I attempted to hike it anyways. And sadly there are way to may fallen trees. I made it to the first 2 falls then the trail became super sketchy. I'm not to sure what happened in that area but it had to been a nasty storm. At least 50+ trees need to be cut and moved away from the trail. It's a shame , this trail is one beautiful gem. Was pretty upset the trail is in this condition. The last couple waterfalls are rewarding. Hope this information help guys! Happy hiking!

8 months ago

Just went today. Amazing place however the recent storm has left the trail rather impassable close to the first falls before going up the stairs. I highly recommend waiting at least 3 weeks to maybe a month for trail rangers to clean the trail up from all the fallen trees

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This is a really nice hike. The first mile is very easy, more of a walk in the woods than a hike. At roughly the first mile you'll encounter some moderate steepness, a narrowing of the path and some mildly rocky terrain. The views at this point are excellent, as you're right next to the first waterfalls. If it's rained recently use caution as the ground is somewhat slippery and spongy and there are some steep drop-offs. The trail splits a number of times, giving ample opportunity to walk close to the falls / stream, but the trail also blazes through the woods on a well-cleared (But not marked) path that leads up to Emery Road. I would put the majority of this hike on the easy side of moderate. There is no rock scrambling or bushwhacking necessary on this hike at all, but be prepared for a couple of very short steep patches. Loved this one!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

First leg is easy for any skill level: Very well-maintained. It pays off with a beautiful waterfall. For a moderate trail, scramble up the path along the side of the first falls and be rewarded with a collection of waterfalls and river views that embellish the trail along the way.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I hiked this trail on 16 August and enjoyed it. Some of the trail has been washed out however you can continue the ascend if you go slightly off the trail. I climbed on the falls without getting hardly wet. I recommend this trail on warm days if you wish to swim in some of the swimming holes. We did not find the end at Emery Road owing to over growth at that part of the trail.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Great hike , great waterfall. did it with the dogs ! Not difficult.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Wonderful trail and the first waterfall is beautiful when the sun comes through the trees. Definitely a hike worth doing

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great combination of beautiful scenery and exercise. Third waterfall is worth the trek.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Beautiful. Easy when it's dry, slippery when wet. If the conditions are good I highly recommend going up to the upper falls too.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful waterfalls

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Easy shaded hike along a stream. There's a rope swing at the lower falls which is fun.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice hike but I see two different pictures of the falls. What I saw was the plain one drop waterfall not the cascading one like some of the posts have...not sure if I missed something.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Have come here twice this past fall and am heading there today if the weather holds out. Love taking the dogs and it's a really easy trail.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Had a lot of fun. Haven't been here in the last 2 years and there are a lot of improvements to the trail. Especially the addition of the new bridge. And the trail up to the upper Indian ladders is no longer closed. It's still a bit hairy but glad you can walk completely thru. Great hike.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Such a nice trail and relatively easy. Took my two dogs and they loved it. Good place to swim. Come here :)

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hike in from Emery road to see the upper and mid falls. Great trail! I loved all the different viewpoints to get pictures of the waterfalls and cascades.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hiked to the lower falls off of Route 209. The trail was icy at spots but mostly just snow covered. To access the middle and upper falls you will need to drive to Emery Road due to the trail section from the lower to middle falls being unstable. It was a very nice hike!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great hike. Try to go after a recent rainfall for the best experience of the waterfalls. From the trailhead it was about 1.5 miles to Indian Ladder. There were a few dangerous spots on the path but even my young children navigated them just fine. A few unleashed dogs were on this trail. Otherwise very well maintained with lots of scenery and adventure. Park on Emery Road for quicker access to the falls.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Trail is peaceful and mostly flat. There are parts that are rocky and uphill. Too bad we went when there is a drought. The waterfall was more like a trickle. Can't wait to return when the waterfall is at it's height. Also, it's more like 2.4 miles for the full trail.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Very relaxing and a nice view. There is a rope to swing into the water at the waterfall. Water level was low, hope to catch it at a higher level next time!

Monday, September 12, 2016

This is a great, peaceful trail that gets better the further you go in. There are so many little step waterfalls along the way. Would be a better trail in the spring as the water levels are very low late summer/ fall. However, with low water levels gives you the chance to hop down in the creek bed and even climb up some of the falls.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Perfect spot to relax

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