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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 is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 469 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest River Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky Scramble Washed out
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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.

There is parking at the trail head and you can also park on the opposite side of 209 then walk to the trail head adding .2 miles to your hike.

Going north on Route 209, 0.4 mi. beyond mile marker 10. Entrance is unmarked, gravel drive.

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Joseph Dinan
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nice trail. gets a little sketchy after the 1st waterfall, but worth the effort

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Jamespeter Hinkle
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Holly R
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Walking

Really pleasant hike! Beautiful with the fall colors, went on a rainy day but nothing too slippery. Only incline over a small rocky area to get to the waterfall. Highly recommend this little oasis. Would rank as easy though- generally flat and about 1.5 mi walk to falls.

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Dawn Thompson
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Gorgeous trail! Easy flat and well maintained for the first 1.5 miles or so up to the falls. From there it was a steep muddy scramble with many fallen trees. Since we had our inexperienced 5 month old corgi pup with, we turned back without finishing up, but definitely plan to try again soon. Saw a bald eagle flying through the gorge and foliage was breathtaking. This one is a keeper.

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Nelson Soto
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Nancy Kelly-Geelan
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Lots of trees down and some difficult parts but waterfalls are beautiful!!

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Hillel S
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Hiking

Great hike. I always do this in reverse. If you start at the start point it’s not a hike but more of a walk. It’s very well maintained path and great for families. If you start at the end you’ll start off at the waterfall but will need to slither between many fallen trees. Not a big deal but not for older people or babies etc. Some people but plenty of parking on either end foliage is early. But stil beautiful 10/17/2020

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Norbert Huang
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Daniel Cerkvenik
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Sarina Betz
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, wide & well groomed so you can look around instead of at the ground. Nice payoff at the end with beautiful waterfall & pool. Looks like a great swimming hole in warmer weather!

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Paul Blejwas
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Great short trail to complete my day.

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Lindsey Tierney
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Hiking

Easily followed trail, but many fallen trees. Waterfall

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Glenda Kruse
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It was so peaceful. There was a part where you hit the first waterfall where there is an up climb that is really steep. There is a rope to help your pull your body up. They view is even more beautiful. But you have to be careful because it’s very narrow and a lot of fallen trees. But once you get to the top there are more beautiful mini waterfalls and streams. This is one of my favorite hiking places. They have so many adorable artsy man made benches and bridges. I totally fell in love with this place.

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Melinda Baker
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Alexandra Kotis
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Beautiful waterfall!

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J Paul
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Good trail, nice scenery. There were trees down across the trail at many points making it slightly harder to get through some areas. Definitely worth going past the first waterfall to get to the more scenic areas.

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John Laing
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Tracy Antonioli
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Lovely. Short and easy but entirely lovely on an autumn afternoon. It would likely be even better in the early spring.

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Sungok Baek
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Roksana Podgorna
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Great easy trail recommend it for a short hike! Great foliage already and smells are wonderful too.

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Pavel Nikulin
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Great.

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Danny Guzman
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good scramble, awesome waterfalls and a little help from a rope.

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Nancy Ivanyo
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Amy burns
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Beautiful, easy then challenging. Worth a trip back

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Christine Kriegl
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Awesome trail. First portion flat gravel wide path. First falls very pretty; def take a dip or get feet wet. The trail continues for another mile+ ( go back about 20 feet n look for rocky path) along the creek with lots of falls, bridges, over n under fallen trees and a rope for a little help getting up a rocky area ( slippery when wet). Nice incline. Loved it and plan to go back for fall foliage!!!

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Alan Kiceina
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Rosanna Lew
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Laurie Zagula-Schell
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