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The Pocono Mountains has 2,400 square miles of mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and woodlands throughout Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties. This area is divided into five regions: Mountain Region, Lake Region, Delaware River Region, Upper Delaware River Region and Lehigh River Gorge Region. Some of the most stunning vistas and hikes are located just a short drive from downtown Stroudsburg. It is hard to believe some of these place exist so close to where I live.

There are so many places that we drive by everyday and do not realize what is hiding in the woods just off the road. Have you ever made the drive up 209 to Milford, PA? If you have, did you know you passed by the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania? You also drove past the “set” of old western films.

Highest point: Mt. Ararat, Preston, in Wayne County. Elevation: 2,654 feet.
Lowest point: Bushkill, Pa., in Pike County. Elevation: 340 feet.
Total lakes: 150.
Total river miles: 170 (includes Delaware, Lehigh and Lackawaxen rivers).
Total State Parks: Nine State Parks covering a total of 35,537 acres. The parks are Beltzville, Big Pocono, Gouldsboro, Hickory Run, Lehigh Gorge, Promised Land, Prompton State Park, Tobyhanna and Varden Conservation Area.
Two National Parks: The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area covers 40 miles of the Delaware River from north of Milford, PA to south of Delaware Water Gap, PA. Total acres are 70,000. The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River stretches 73.4 miles along the Pennsylvania and New York border. It includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and eddies.
State Forest: 81,958 acres of State Forest Land.
Hiking trails: 126 total trails equaling 261 miles of trails.

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George W. Childs Park Now part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, George W. Childs Park was once a state park and the site of a 19th century woolen mill. Joseph Brooks, a Welshman who had immigrated to Philadelphia, built the mill around 1826. The mill was made of stone, stood 3½ stories high and  employed approximately 80 workers. When Brooks died in 1832 the mill was abandoned. The ruins of the mill can still be seen along the banks of Dingmans Creek.

The site is named for George W. Childs, a noted philanthropist, whose widow deeded the land to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912. The site contains three main waterfalls: Factory Falls, Fulmer Falls and Deer Leap Falls and is a few miles upstream from Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls.


Length: 1.4 miles, loop
Difficulty: easy-moderate
Elevation Change: 144 feet
Trailhead Location: directions to George W. Childs Park trailhead

Facilities: Restrooms located at the trailhead. Gravel parking lot. 

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Cliff Trail Looking down onto the McDade TrailLooking down onto the McDade Trail

DISTANCE: 2.8 miles, one way DIFFICULTY: Moderate
TRAILHEAD: Raymondskill Road Map: Click Here (PDF)

If you like panoramic vistas, this hike is for you...

The Cliff Trail has some of the best panoramic vistas in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and has become one of my favorite hikes in the area. From the main overlook you can see the monument at High Point State Park all the way to the Delaware Water Gap. 

Excellent. This trail is well-traveled, easy to hike and well maintained. The majority of the trail runs along an old wooded road bed  

The trailhead is located off Raymondskill Road just South of Milford, PA at mile marker 18. Start at the Hackers Trailhead directly across Raymondskill Road from the parking lot. The trail will go to the right following the white blaze 

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