The East Coast is full of beauty and adventure. While on our travels we decided to RV Pennsylvania for several weeks and discovered the beauty of the Poconos Mountains and the Delaware Water Gap. Find out why you should consider visiting.
The Old Mill at Sciota, PA
One of our favorite sightings is coming across water features on our drives. Rivers, lakes, and streams are always a big hit with us! While driving home after visiting a local science center, we came across The Old Mill at Sciota, PA. The Mill was built in the early 1700s and is a tribute to great engineering and construction. Lucky for us, The Old Mill is part of the National Register of Historic Places, making it a spectacular historical site to visit.
It is a great educational opportunity to discuss the power of water for travel, industry, mechanical and hydroelectric power with Daniel and Nadia. The Poconos are full of surprises!
This wonderful steel truss bridge over McMichael Creek is restricted to foot traffic and is a good vantage point for viewing the Creek’s falls and the Mill. There was no worrying about traffic or other distractions. It was just us, the bridge, mill, and the creek!
Here is our Livestream Replay of The Old Mill at Sciota, PA:
Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos
We stayed at Timothy Lake South RV Park a “Thousand Trails” RV park which is about 5 miles from the headquarters of the Delaware Water Gap. If you plan to RV Pennsylvania and have a tight budget, we recommend staying at this park (If you don’t know much about Thousand Trails, check out this video). The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has 70,000 acres of hiking, watersports, rock climbing, nature watching and relaxation. Straddling the Delaware River, it is accessible from both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 28 miles of the Appalachian Trail passes through the Gap area as well. This waterfall hike was the perfect adventure for this family of four!
We headed to Park Headquarters on the Pennsylvania side near Bushkill conveniently near the Thousand Trails, Timothy Lake South RV Park where we were staying. An extremely friendly and knowledgeable National Park Service Volunteer with an epic Red Beard listened to our need for an easy kid-friendly hike and recommended that we visit Dingmans Falls, a short 20-minute drive away.
The hike to Dingmans Falls took us past the enchanting Silver Thread Falls. It’s amazing to think about how many hundreds of thousands of years it has taken the water to cut through the sandstone blocks that make up this part of the Poconos.
The photogenic Dingmans Falls are just a few minutes up the boardwalk. They are the second-highest falls in Pennsylvania with a drop of 130 feet.
It’s 240 steps up to the top of the falls, but it was a tiny bit farther than that. We could be wrong, but it’s well worth the climb up. Daniel, Jessica and I were able to get to the top without any problems. Nadia, as usual, asked to be carried. The view of the beautiful Falls took our breath away. We are happy to say that we hiked a little bit in the Poconos! Next time, we’re going to hike a few miles of the Appalachian Trail!
There is still much for us to explore on the East Coast. We’ll be headed back through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and we’ll be sure to spend more time in the beautiful landscape of the Poconos!
Are you traveling up the East Coast? Read these posts:
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