The waterfalls found within the park represent many things to many people. They were once sources of power, drivers of machinery, suppliers of fresh water to many homes, cabins, and even a resort or two in the grand days of the late 18th and early 19th century.
When visiting, please follow these safety requirements:
Waterfalls and waterfall pools have been the scene of numerous injuries and deaths as a direct or indirect result of climbing, rappelling, diving, or jumping at these locations. The climbing and rappelling in these areas has an impact on environmental and scenic values by creating erosion and scaring as well as impacting on natural and cultural resources through damage of plants and structures. Often trash is left behind as are ropes and rope swings creating additional impacts to values and increasing the public safety risk.
Silver Thread Falls is closed to ice climbing due to impact on threatened plants identified as growing in this area.
Where the rock at the top of the waterfall is more resistant to weathering than the rock below the falls, the waterfall is steep. Where the rock at the top of a waterfall is not much harder than the rock at the bottom, more gradual waterfalls can form.
Natural springs, swamp runs, and outlets of natural and artificial lakes drain the mountain sides along the river valley and form part of the Delaware Watershed. The drops of water that you see hurtling over these waterfalls will reach the Delaware River, and, in time, flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
Last updated: May 7, 2021