A getaway is always a good idea when it comes to finding a way to wind down and relax when the stress of everyday life builds up. Perhaps nothing holds the cure for attaining calm as purely as nature itself. For those who adore a trip outdoors and have a particular affinity for the wonders of water, spending some time in George W. Childs Park is sure to please. An oasis of cascading waterfalls and scenic trails, you’ll be finding your way back to your happy place in no time.
When nature gives it her all, she never fails. While one waterfall is stunning, three will take your breath away. For visitors, this dream is a reality at George W. Childs Park. Nestled into the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, this exquisite area of land hosts three gorgeous waterfalls to please the eye and mind. Incredible to encounter, visitors will find an equally pleasing hiking loop that extends approximately a mile and half for scenic viewing. A beautiful combination of rustic wooden bridges and wildlife make this Poconos park a nature lover’s paradise. For history buffs, a 19th century mill still stands on park grounds to admire during a leisurely stroll.
George W. Childs is best remembered as an iconic Philadelphia publisher who impacted both the world of journalism as well as his community. He opened the park to the public in 1892 with the firm belief that everyone needs a place to be close to nature. In 1983, the park was officially integrated into the National Parks System.
With so much beauty to offer and a seemingly endless amount of ground to explore, it’s no wonder that locals and visitors make time to visit George W. Childs Park time and again. In an effort to keep the area pristine and available to visitors for years to come, it’s important to note that while the waterfalls make for a gorgeous view, they are not open for public swimming. Additionally, the National Park System asks that all visitors assist in the clean up of litter in order to maintain this natural wonder so many appreciate. Due to its popularity, this Poconos park was designed with limited parking spaces to avoid over-crowding. Not to fear though, if at first you don’t succeed, simply try again. Parking tends to rotate rather quickly and you’ll soon find yourself exploring lush green woodlands and wondering at waterfalls!
While you’re in the area, why not take some time to explore other attractions that are equally appealing? We don’t normally recommend toll bridges, but the Dingmans Ferry Bridge is the last privately owned toll bridge in the country and has been a part of our history for centuries. Not the particular bridge currently standing, of course, as this is the 4th bridge built in this location since the early 1800s; early models fell due to lack of maintenance or flooding, and in the times between, a ferry service served to get people to the other side of the Delaware River. The bridge that stands today, however, has been in place since the turn of the last century—opening day was in August of 1900!
When a growling stomach informs you it’s time to eat, you can enjoy a delicious meal at one of our favorite local restaurants, Chris & Gina’s Café, before continuing with your Dingmans Ferry adventures. Located at 1831 PA-739 and serving hardy meals that include gigantic burgers, classic Italian dishes, and specials that change daily, the welcoming atmosphere and expertly prepared dishes will be the perfect accompaniment to your day of fun in Dingmans Ferry.
After lunch, a history tour of the towns in the area will intrigue and delight; your tour should definitely include the Lock 31 House in Hawley, Pennsylvania, located just shy of 30 miles down the road. Built in the early 1800s, this historic abode has served many purposes over the last two centuries, including private residence and hotel. Today, you can walk along the canal that runs alongside the building, admiring the beauty of the barn red siding and white trim that stands out nicely in its cocoon of green trees and grass. The interior is in the process of being restored and can’t be accessed at this time, but you won’t mind. A grassy path leads you to more scenic views and the occasional historic landmark, offering quiet moments of peaceful reflections that will soothe your soul.
This day filled with fun and more exercise than you may have originally planned can only get better with a fine meal, and the town of Hawley offers a great selection of dining choices. Take your hunger pangs to the bank with a classic Italian meal found at Ravyn & Robyn Fine Food. Once serving as a bank to the residents of Hawley, today it is renowned for its epicurean delights and fine wine bar found in the upstairs portion of the establishment. Reservations are recommended, so if you can’t get in, or if you would prefer a juicy burger to a plate of lasagna, the Hawley Burger Company has just what you crave! Offering daily specials and your favorite beverages, the casual atmosphere and delicious meals may have you returning more than once during your Poconos getaway.
From the breathtaking designs nature constructs without aid, to the history that’s been maintained directly on park grounds, George W. Childs Park is a must-see when you’re staying near Dingmans, Ferry, Pennsylvania. Contact us today to add a natural touch to your next dream vacation.