NOTE: Childs Park is closed to the public for the 2011 season while necessary repairs and upgrades to the facilities are being made. Details of the project are here.
Geo W. Childs State Park is located off Silver Lake Road and Park Road in Dingmans Ferry. It is free to the public, and is a marvel to behold! This delightful Pocono property was donated in the early 1900’s by the widow of George W. Childs, with the condition that there always be public access. The park is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
This is, by far, one of my favorite spots in Pike County. The walking path is fairly easy with some moderate challenges. There are some steps near the end, not as many as at some other waterfalls, but please keep them in mind if steps are a challenge for you. There is a picnic area and a fascinating ruin of days gone by – all that remains of a 19th century woolen mill: the bluestone foundation…gives the area a mythical and almost hallowed quality.
There are three falls staggered along Dingmans Creek at Childs Park: Factory Falls, Fulmer Falls, and Deer Leap Falls. I can say without a doubt this is one of the prettiest spots in Northeast PA – even better than some places that charge admission.
Swimming is prohibited…however, that does not stop some daring folks on a hot summer’s day – the pools of sparkling water are just SO inviting. My family was not enticed this time around, since it definitely was not swimming weather. We did not realize until it was too late that Mindy Dog was NOT supposed to be there. Thankfully, we all survived without incident. Note: NO PETS! 🙂
Enjoy our video below!