Nature’s beauty paints the Pennsylvania landscape and there is perhaps nothing as beautiful as a natural waterfall. Next time you have a free weekend, pack up the car and hit the road on a weekend getaway to some of the state’s most breathtaking waterfalls. Off we go on a magical weekend waterfall getaway in Pennsylvania.
1. Map out your weekend trip.
Pack your bags, gas up your car, and get ready for a relaxing weekend getaway that will lead you to some of Pennsylvania's most stunning waterfalls. You'll have a relatively short distance to drive - just 172 miles over a total of nearly four hours - along your journey.
The following itinerary includes stops at several waterfalls and suggestions for hotels and restaurants along the way. Bon voyage!
2. Glen Onoko Falls - Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Your magical weekend getaway begins at Glen Onoko Falls in the picturesque town of Jim Thorpe. Lace up your hiking boots or sturdy shoes for the nearly 7.5 mile hike along the Glen Onoko Falls Trail. Rated as challenging, the trail is one of the area's most popular with seasoned hikers, who recommend carrying a hiking stick, staying on the trail, and bringing plenty of water and snacks along.
The highlight of the trail - which includes the ideal opportunity for bird watching, fishing, and rock climbing - is, of course, Glenn Onoko Falls.
3. Inn at Jim Thorpe - 24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Indulge in pure relaxation after you hike Glen Onoko Falls Trail by checking in to the Inn at Jim Thorpe at 24 Broadway. The Victorian-style hotel features 45 rooms, breathtaking views from the front balcony, and a range of cozy accommodation. Reserve a traditional room or splurge on a two-room suite. The inn offers a variety of amenities, including an onsite spa, a ping-pong table, and an elevator.
Kick back and relax because tomorrow brings a journey to eight spectacular waterfalls at Bushkill Falls.
4. Bushkill Falls - 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA 18324
A little over an hour from Jim Thorpe, Bushkill Falls has won accolades as "The Niagara of Pennsylvania." Unlike the other stops on your weekend, you will have to pay an admission fee at Bushkill Falls, which is open from March through November.
Bushkill Falls features four hiking trails. The Blue and the Green Trails are the shortest at 15 minutes while the Yellow Trail takes approximately 45 minutes. If you want to see all eight of the park's waterfalls, embark on the two-mile Red Trail, which typically takes two hours to complete.
5. Ledges Hotel - 120 Falls Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428
Next stop: Ledges Hotel in Hawley. The drive from Bushkill Falls to the Ledges Hotel takes about 45 minutes but it's well worth the effort, even after a long day of hiking. Check into the Ledges Hotel, opting for a traditional room, a one or two bedroom suite, or a deluxe full-service suite. You'll enjoy a plethora of amenities, including free WiFi, Telsa charging stations, yoga classes, and a great room that boasts breathtaking views of...get ready for it...
Paupack High Falls.
Glass Wine, Bar, Kitchen, the hotel's restaurant, welcomes guests to dine indoors or outdoors where you'll be treated to incredible views of the waterfalls all year around. Peruse the generous menu with such dishes as steak, fried chicken, salmon, stuffed clams, and shrimp tacos.
6. Nay Aug Falls - 500 Arthur Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510
Arrive at Scranton's Nay Aug Park refreshed, after a luxurious night at the Ledges Hotel. Only 45 minutes from Hawley, Nay Aug Park boasts numerous amenities, including a swimming pool, a sprawling playground, a museum, and a tree house. The masterpiece is, undoubtedly, the waterfall that sits in the middle of the park.
7. Ricketts Glen State Park - 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814
Of course, no weekend waterfall getaway would be complete without a stop at Ricketts Glen State Park - a true gem that boasts 22 spectacular waterfalls, the largest of which, Ganoga Falls, drops 94 feet. Wear hiking boots because you'll have to hike to get to most of the waterfalls.
Falls Trail, the most challenging, will take you past most of the waterfalls, although you should be prepared for the 7.2 mile trail. However, if you prefer a shorter route, take the Highland Trail, a loop that runs 3.2 miles - along the Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh sides, which will take you past 21 of the waterfalls.
8. Ricketts Glen Hotel - 221 PA-118, Benton, PA 17814
End your magical weekend getaway at Ricketts Glen Hotel, only two miles from Ricketts Glen State Park. Enjoy a relaxing meal in the restaurant, which features such entrees as homemade lasagna, cheese ravioli, and New York strip steak.
The self-described small country inn also offers cozy accommodation with check in time at 1 p.m. and checkout time at 10 a.m.
Are you ready to hit the road on this weekend waterfall getaway in Pennsylvania? If you don’t have the time for a weekend getaway just now, here are
eight easy to find waterfalls in PA you can visit.