Irving Cliff and Gibbons Memorial Park

Best views of town, hands down and publicly accessible. The cliff was named in honor of author Washington Irving, by his buddy Philip Hone (1st president of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Co., former mayor of NYC, and namesake of Honesdale Borough) and is surrounded by 50+ acres of public parkland used for hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and an assortment of more leisurely activities like looking out over town and reading a book on a blanket.

From this vantage one can see all of Downtown Honesdale, PA, the bulk of the Honesdale Residential Historic District (National Register), and the wide expanse of the Moosic Mountains, dotted with wind turbines, that mark the western border of Wayne County. Sunsets are a spectacle there.

Atop the cliff once sat a grand hotel that famously burned before opening years and years ago. Its foundation still exists. A newer addition now takes precedence, that being a structural "star" living on the cliff, year round. The star's LED bulbs are lit at key times of the year to celebrate holidays.

Accessed via a wooded hiking trail that runs from the road, approximately 300 feet below (Watts Hill Road) the face of the cliff, and its own winding but paved road, Gibbons Park Road.

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Latitude: 41.578862 Longitude: -75.251782 Elevation: 1298 ft
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