Lower Hornbecks Creek Trail

creek flowing over rocks in a forested area
Hornbecks Creek

Length: 1 mile, one-way
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Change: 110 feet
Trailhead Location: directions to Lower Hornbecks Creek trailhead; mile marker 10.4 on US 209 (just south of Chestnut Hill Road); short gravel drive to trailhead
Restrictions: swimming and wading is not permitted in the water within 50 feet upstream of waterfalls and the waterfalls themselves

One of the hidden treasures of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is undoubtedly the Hornbecks Creek Trail, known to some locals as Indian Ladders. The trail follows an old roadbed that meanders along Hornbecks Creek to a lovely waterfall. While the waterfall is a relatively short drop, the symmetrical cliffs and round plunge pool provide a beautiful frame for the falls. The trail used to continue to a second waterfall. However, the trail was precariously set along a steep hill and numerous storms over the last couple of years have caused the hillside to slough, making the trail dangerous. Because recent stabilization attempts did not have a lasting effect, the section of trail between the two waterfalls is closed. The second waterfall may be accessed from the Upper Hornbecks Creek Trail at the Pocono Environmental Education Center.

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A map showing the Lower Hornbecks Creek Trail running alongside the Hornbecks Creek.
Hike through the forest along the Hornbecks Creek to a waterfall.


Last updated: March 28, 2022

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