There are multiple views of the approximately 130 ft high Dingmans Falls. You can reach the Falls viewing platform after traversing a 1/2 mile boardwalk. While walking along the boardwalk and only a 100 yards from the beginning, you will get a view of the aptly named Silver Thread Falls. When you arrive at the base of Dingmans Falls, you will have the option of climbing a series of stairs to get a view from the top. This is my favorite perspective. The walk up the stairs can be a bit strenuous but well worth it!!
The boardwalk to the falls is within a beautiful Hemlock ravine with loads of rhododendrons which appropriately bloom around the Fourth of July. Looking up from the ravine you'll see Mountain Laurels.
There is a National Park Service visitors center there and staffed by knowledgeable rangers. The area can get quite busy on weekends. Go early or during the week to beat the crowds. The parking lot is small so you may find yourself waiting to park. The largest amount of water volume that tumbles down the falls is 24 hours after a significant rain.
The main activity is hiking. You are permitted to fish in Dingmans Creek as long as you are about 150 feet downstream from the parking lot. Ask a ranger for more specific details.
A fun and lengthy hike is to proceed upstream form the top of Dingmans Falls to Childs Park (named after George Childs) which is about a 5 mile trek one way. In the 1800's there were a number of mills located along the creek but there are few if any remnants.
This is a place for quiet relaxation but don't be surprised if you go there during the winter months and see ice climbers scaling the frozen Dingmans and/or Silverthread Falls.
Open during the summer and the NPS closes Johnny Bee Road during the winter months. I often hike up the mile long road when it is closed. Contact the National Park Service for details.
Due to winter storms in 2018, this and other trails are closed. Please visit here to see a list of trails that are open or closed on the PA side of the Park.
The 1/2 mile boardwalk is ideal for strollers and wheelchairs
Pet Friendly Notes
No pets are allowed and the rangers strictly enforce this rule as do many visitors!