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Bushkill Falls

A Day at Bushkill Falls: The Niagara of Pennsylvania

Surrounded by the lush forests of the Pocono Mountains, Bushkill Falls in northeastern Pennsylvania is rich with natural beauty. Wooded hiking trails with waterfall views, family-friendly attractions such as boating and mini-golf, and serene experiences such as picnicking by the lakes are just part of the getaway. Spring through fall, bring the whole family to “The Niagara of Pennsylvania” for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. This one-day itinerary will help you make the most of your getaway.

Top of the Lower Gorge waterfalls
Top of the Lower Gorge waterfalls


Take in the crisp morning air as you trek one of the four trails, each offering a walk or hike for a variety of ages and mobility levels. Elevated boardwalks and wooden bridges lead the way alongside rushing creeks, and numerous overlooks along the way provide spectacular views of all eight waterfalls. The primary observation deck to see the Main Falls is only a short walking distance, making it ideal for families.

After going on a hike, bring kids and teens to the Bushkill Falls Mining Co. Maze for a competition of speed and skill. This timed competition puts navigational skills and problem solving to the test, and guests with the fastest times can win prizes in monthly drawings.

on left bushkill falls mining co maze and on right kids playing on a slide
Left: Our “amazin” maze | Right: Children’s Playground


After working up an appetite, break for lunch at the Snack Bar, where you can fill up on everything from burgers and pizzas to wraps and pulled-pork sandwiches. Or just bring your own lunch to enjoy in the picnic areas near the fishing pond. Afterward, stop into Sugar Mountain Sweet Shop for ice cream, fudge and chocolate confections.

Sweet treats from the Sugar Mountain Sweet Shop
Sweet treats from the Sugar Mountain Sweet Shop

Continue your day with more family fun as you take the kids to go mining for gemstones. Buy a bag of “mining rough” and sift through the bag in the “sluice,” a trough with circulating water. You can uncover little gems and then take your treasures home. 

collage photo with Bushkill Falls mining co water head tank and on right two girls holding stone found during mining
Left: Gemstone Mining | Right: Look at the gemstones we found!   


Enjoy the warmth of the afternoon by getting out on the water in a paddle boat. These two- and four-person boats are perfect for couples and friends looking to explore the Twin Lakes.

For a group activity, put your putt-putt skills to the test with a game of miniature golf on the 18-hole course, which features Bushkill Falls’ replicas throughout the game.

And let the kiddos burn off any extra energy on the children’s playground, where multiple bridges, slides, and climbing features will have them shrieking with delight.

Paddle boating on Twin Lakes
Paddle boating on Twin Lakes


Spend the night to experience all the beauty and relaxation the Pocono Mountains have to offer. Visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to find the perfect place to stay—from boutique hotels to family-friendly resorts.

Buy your tickets to Bushkill Falls in advance for an easy, seamless experience.