Hike along a cliff with multiple spectacular views of northern New Jersey, the Delaware River, and Pennsylvania, before heading to Hackers Falls.
7.0 miles. Uphill in the beginning but level along the cliff, with a slightly rocky surface.
- Shorter: ~4 mile loop – hike Cliff Trail to past Minisink Overlook but then take Buchanan to cut out the whole section to Milford Knob – still get some views and a waterfall, but with less distance.
- Short: 2 mile out-and-back to Tri State Overlook.
- Short; variation: 2 miles round trip out-and-back to Hackers Falls (no views).
- Longer: It’s very worthwhile to check out Raymondskill Falls, which can be reached from this lot.
- Nearby: Dingmans Falls; Pocono Environmental Education Center.
Our two cents:
Reward-to-effort ratio is high on this hike. After an initial uphill climb, follow a mostly level ridge with view after over the Delaware River into New Jersey, where High Point Monument might be spotted in the distance.
Use the casual path along the cliff for more views than the actual trail, but take care to stay back from the cliff edges as there are steep drop-offs. This path may have seasonal closures to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
Those with little ones may want to stick to the wider Cliff Trail (still has several viewpoints).
Updated: 10/2019. Re-hiked, minor description changes.
Maps 122 and 123 of Kittatinny Trails. Note: Our online map runs along the casual cliff path for most of the route, until after Milford Knob when we follow Cliff (WHITE) back.
None that we know of.
Parking: N41.29021° W74.84002°
Rt 80 W to exit 34B for Rt 15 N. Turns into Rt 206 N, take over the Milford-Montague toll bridge into PA. L on Rt 209. R on Raymondskill Road.
Small dirt lot on the left is Hackers Falls lot. If it’s full, try the Raymondskill Falls lot just past it – but both lots tend to fill up.
Composting toilets in a building at the Raymondskill lot, just a few feet past the lot for this hike and connected by a short trail; also in the Cliff Park parking lot about 5 miles into this route.
Overview: Hackers (YELLOW) – Cliff (WHITE) – Buchanan (ORANGE) – Pond Loop (BLUE) – Buchanan (ORANGE) – Hackers (YELLOW)
0.0 – Trailhead is across the road from the parking lot, between fence posts.
Soon, turn RIGHT to start following Cliff (WHITE) [Hackers (YELLOW) goes straight].
Head steadily uphill, crossing a bridge and a few other trails.
0.5 – Tri State Overlook.
Continue on the wide Cliff (WHITE), or pick up the narrower casual path that runs along the cliff that will offer more views. (There are opportunities to switch back and forth between them.)
1.0 – Minisink Overlook.
2.1 – Riverview Overlook. From here, be sure to take the casual path that hugs the cliff (keep right) – staying on Cliff (WHITE) misses the views in this section.
2.3 – The casual path rejoins Cliff (WHITE) at a junction with Quarry (GREEN/WHITE). Continue on Cliff (WHITE).
2.9 – Continue straight on Cliff (WHITE). [Milford Knob (GREEN) comes in from the right].
3.0 – Milford Knob Overlook. The town of Milford, PA can be seen below but the view is somewhat obscured by trees.
There is a casual path to the left but it doesn’t lead to a better view. There was a metal star on the ground last time that wasn’t here now.
Retrace on Cliff (WHITE) to well past the Riverview Overlook. Pass an unmarked trail or two.
4.6 – Turn RIGHT to now follow Buchanan downhill. Easy to miss, at a bend in the trail, and a trail post is on the left.
However… the Buchanan trail was no longer marked and the trail post doesn’t indicate a turn here – but this trail is the direct route to the Pond Trail.
We realized later that the map used on the trail kiosks show a different route for Buchanan that doesn’t match the online map.
[Cliff (WHITE) continues straight – take that for a direct route back, missing the waterfall and pond and cutting 1 mile off the route]
4.7 – Turn LEFT to now follow Pond Loop (BLUE) [Pond Loop (BLUE) also goes right, around the other side of the pond, and ends up in Cliff Park parking lot too.]
4.8 – Turn RIGHT to continue on Pond Loop (BLUE) [Buchanan (ORANGE) goes left, and is a shorter way to the falls, meeting up with this route at 5.5 below]. Cliff Park pond comes into view.
5.1 – Pond Loop (BLUE) ends up in a small parking lot with a toilet.
[Optional side trip: Once in the parking lot, turn right and continue around the pond just a bit to a nice wooden bench. A golf course is directly behind.]
Walk through the parking lot towards the left of the bathroom to start following Buchanan (ORANGE) on a wide path, past some old buildings.
5.5 – Turn RIGHT to now follow Hackers (YELLOW).
5.7 – A trail sign post states Hackers (YELLOW) continues straight but in marker it’s written Falls with an arrow to the left.
Turning LEFT here or continuing on YELLOW leads to the same spot.
5.9 – Hackers Falls. When done, continue following Hackers (YELLOW) along the stream on a wide path.
6.3 – Turn LEFT at a T-intersection to continue following Hackers (YELLOW). Continue following the markers for Hackers (YELLOW) back to the parking lot.
Hiked: 10/13/19. Trail Blog “Hiking Cliff Park and Raymondskill Falls in October”