Bushkill Falls

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Waterfall at Bushkill Falls.
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Main Falls in the Spring of 2010

Bushkill Falls is a series of eight privately owned waterfalls, the tallest of which cascades over 100 feet (30 m), located in Northeast Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains in the United States. Beginning at the headwaters of the Little Bushkill Creek, the water descends the mountain, toward the Delaware River, forming Bushkill Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Bridesmaid Falls, Laurel Glen Falls, Pennell Falls, and three additional, unnamed falls.[1]

Bushkill Falls is a popular spot for hiking and birdwatching. The area features a variety of trails and bridges that vary in length and difficulty.


Bushkill Falls is nicknamed "Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania." It was opened to the public in 1904 by Charles E. Peters, and is still owned by the Peters family.[2]

There is an admission fee for the park of $16.50 for adults per day, $13.50 for seniors per day, and $8.50 for children ages 4–10 per day.[3]

The main falls, named Bushkill Falls, and the main canyon area are accessible via boardwalk and stairs. Outside of the main canyon area the trails are mostly dirt and stone, with boardwalks and bridges in certain areas.

On August 13, 2011, one person died after falling 150 feet (46 m) into the falls. Two teenage boys walked off marked trails and one of the boys lost his footing and fell into the falls. He was pronounced dead on the scene.[4]

In the mid-1880s, the Swiss-born American artist Adolfo Müller-Ury (1862-1947) painted a large canvas depicting the major torrent of the Bushkill Falls. It was donated to the Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, by Erich Hahne in 1958.[5]

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  1. ^ Brown, Scott (2004). Pennsylvania waterfalls : a guide for hikers and photographers. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. pp. 22–25. ISBN 0811731847.
  2. ^ Kitsko, Jeffrey. "Bushkill Falls". Pennsylvania Highways. pahighways.com. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Park Admission Fees". Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Keith. "One Person Dead After Fall at Bushkill Falls". Pocono Record. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  5. ^ Uta Laxner-Gerlach, Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal. Katalog der Gemalde des 19. Jahrhunderts, Wuppertal, 1974, pp152-153 (illustrated); it is catalogued as painted by 'Adolf Muller'.

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Coordinates: 41°07′03″N 75°00′36″W / 41.1174°N 75.01°W / 41.1174; -75.01