July 3, 2019
Hiking Through Bushkill Falls
Bushkill FallsSource: Bushkill Falls | Penelope Peru Photography
Hailed as “the Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is a scenic attraction featuring eight waterfalls, which can be seen from trails at four different skill levels.
The park is located at 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA 18324 and is open from 9am to 6pm daily.
A Bit of Context…
Welcome to Bushkill FallsSource: Bushkill Falls | Penelope Peru Photography p3
Bushkill Falls was opened to the public by Charles E. Peters in 1904, according to their website. To this day, it remains owned by his estate and is leased by Aramak.
The park is about 300 acres. It features two miles of hiking trails and bridges that follow eight unique waterfalls. Bushkill Falls is about 1,200 feet above sea level, with the main fall having a drop of approximately 100 feet.
Bug’s Two Cents
XtaSeay and Burgundy Bug at Bushkill FallsSource: Bushkill Falls and My Birthday Babe at Bushkill Falls| Penelope Peru Photography p3
XtaSeay and I took a trip to the Poconos to celebrate his birthday throughout the weekend following June 20. During our visit, we decided to head up to Bushkill Falls.
“It was a really nice community,” XtaSeay said. “Definitely worth the ticket and the hike.”
Being the adventurous little bugs that we are, we threw caution to the wind and embarked on the red trail.
“STAY ON TRAIL” sign and tree roots at Bushkill Falls
Let it be known the signs along the red trail that state, “THIS TRAIL IS FOR HIKERS ONLY. TURN BACK,” are no joke. This is a two to three hour hike laced with rocks and thick tree roots. Not to mention, there are 1,267 steps.
“The red trail isn’t something to just wander into,” XtaSeay agreed. “You have to come prepared.”
We completed the trail in just under two hours, but I can definitely see how it may take up to three hours to complete.
XtaSeay at Bushkill FallsSource: Bushkill Falls and My Birthday Babe at Bushkill Falls| Penelope Peru Photography P³
While many families brought their young children and dogs along with them through the journey of the red trail, I personally wouldn’t recommend this. It’s lengthy, the terrain is uneven. It’s hard to complete as an adult! I don’t blame any of the little ones I saw on Saturday who kept asking to turn back around.
It’s also worth noting to dress appropriately. Wear light, comfortable clothing you can breathe in. Although the foliage provides plenty of shade, I’d still advise applying sunscreen.
In spite of it’s difficulty, the red trail was well worth the challenge as it provides a comprehensive exploration of Bushkill.
The falls were nothing short of stunning and the accompanying landscape seemed as if it were straight out of a movie, brimming with rich, green foliage and unbelievable rock formations.
Rocks and foliage at Bushkill FallsSource: Bushkill Falls and My Birthday Babe at Bushkill Falls| Penelope Peru Photography P³
“The views were so nice,” XtaSeay added. “My favorite part was Bridal Veil Falls.”
Waterfalls at BushkillSource: Bushkill Falls and My Birthday Babe at Bushkill Falls| Penelope Peru Photography P³
What are you waiting for? Lace up your hiking boots and head on over to Bushkill Falls! You can tell us all about your visit for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of The Burgundy Zine on our submissions page.
In the meantime, you can check out the highlights from our Poconos visit here.
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