Two beautiful waterfalls accessible to everyone via a short boardwalk trail through a hemlock ravine with plentiful rhododendron.
1.0 miles; accessible boardwalk to Dingmans and optional stairs/trail to a viewing area above the falls.
- Shorter: 0.8 – skip the upper viewing area.
- Longer: Drive to nearby Childs Park for another short hike.
- Option: Books show a connecting trail to Childs Park, see below.
Our two cents: Worthwhile add-on when doing other hikes in the area but hugely popular due to the easy access. Plan your visit when the gate is open unless you enjoy adding 2 miles RT walking on a paved park road.
Photo note: In the early morning sunlight and depending on the time of year, you might find the lower part of the falls in shadow while the upper portion is lit, making it a bit tricky to get a good shot.
Parking: N41° 13.759′ W74° 53.245′
Rt 80 W to exit 34B for Rt 15 N. Turns into Rt 206 N. L on 560. Cross Dingmans Ferry Toll Bridge. L on 209. R at sign for Dingmans Falls. This is a very popular stop and often fills early in summer.
[Alternate Parking] N41° 13.216′ W74° 52.299′
The access road is “closed at first significant snowfall until the snow has melted in the spring (usually mid-April)”, but there is a parking area outside the gate. This adds a ~2-mile round trip walk up the paved park road.
Restrooms: Composting bathroom in the Visitor Center parking lot. They are likely seasonal but were open when we visited in mid-April when the access road was open but the visitor center wasn’t open for the season yet.
Hike Directions: There is just one easy trail – follow the boardwalk past Silverthread Falls, and on to Dingmans Falls.
Stairs continue uphill to an area above the falls. This is short and worthwhile but the best view of the falls is from below.