We ventured north to the Delaware Water Gap a few weekends ago, in search of its fabled waterfalls. We decided to stay at Dingman’s Campground mainly because they are dog-friendly and close to the falls. The campground is located in the State Park, and most of the sites were filled with families and children barbecuing, playing with flashlights in the dark, and generally having fun. I love camping, and am used to camping in more remote locations but I enjoyed the family scene. There is no alcohol allowed in the park- which doesn’t bother me one bit but thought I’d mention it for anyone who may care about those sorts of things. Also, park rangers do come around and ask you to be quiet if you are talking too loudly after ten PM. (Apparently our small group and the children next door fit into this category one night.)
The Delaware River has been high and currents strong, so canoeing was not on our radar, but Dingman’s campground does offer boats & drop off. Rumor has it your dog can go too but I didn’t check on that. After a night camping, we headed over to Dingman’s Falls, where we almost immediately came upon a tall, thin waterfall.
After admiring the view, we followed the long boardwalk through more luscious green trees until we reached another fall.
I climbed the tall narrow staircase to get the view from the top but you couldn’t see straight down as I’d hoped.
At some point a very kind park ranger informed us that dogs weren’t allowed at Dingman’s Falls, and that the office would be happy to educate us on all the places in the area dogs are allowed. We headed back to the office, passing the no dogs allowed sign we had obliviously walked by earlier. I stopped in to get a map and directions to some dog friendly trails. The rest of our family had gone to Bushkill Falls for the day, which is privately owned and has an entrance fee. They enjoyed it, and apparently there were dogs everywhere there. Whoops.
Dogs are allowed on the PEEC (Poconos Environmental Education Center) trails. We took the Tumbling Waters Trail, passed a few ponds, a meadow, climbed higher to a waterfall, followed the stream off of it and almost went over another waterfall. (We didn’t even realize we were at the top of it, and it was gigantic.)
after that a trek up some really steep terrain gave us this view:
This was my first trip to the Poconos during the summer, my only other ventures having been during ski season. I found the rolling hills and green trees perfect for a peaceful and relaxing summer weekend getaway!