George W. Childs Park was bought and developed in 1892. George W. Childs was a philanthropist and nature lover who believed everyone should be able to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of this area. After his death, his wife took over managing the public park for 18 years. She left the land to state of Pennsylvania and It now sits as a part of the Delaware Water Gap, boasting over 67,000 acres to explore.
George W. Childs Trail takes you on a short 1.4-mile loop to explore three different waterfalls. Following Dingmans Creek, the trail takes you past Factory Falls, Fulmer Falls and Deer Leap Falls, with numerous overlook points along the way. Along the hike you can also see remnants of the once bustling mills that lined the creek over a century ago.
The is a very easy hike, and it is a popular spot for tourist and families. In this particular area of Pennsylvania, you can find many of the most popular waterfalls that Pennsylvania is known for. Along the hike you can cross the creek at three different points using the man-made bridges, all creating great photo opportunities. The trail has recently been updated and is very safe. Swimming in any of the falls areas is prohibited, but access to hike along the creek is there if you need to cool off quickly.
Within a few miles you will find Dingmans Falls, one of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful treasures. Also in the surrounding area you will find Raymondskill Falls and the Pocono Environmental Education Center. Both are great family trips that, if combined with George W. Childs Park, will make for a great day in the Delaware Water Gap Area.