George W. Childs, a noted publisher and philanthropist, believed that everyone should be able to experience the great outdoors. Attracted to its natural beauty and wildlife, Childs purchased land in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, in 1892 and developed a public park to highlight the natural and man-made amenities found there. Today, guests can visit the George W. Childs Recreation Site and enjoy hiking trails, a picnic area, waterfalls, and more.
For more information on George W. Childs Park and other local attractions, be sure you check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. We’ve also got some great blog resources on outdoor activities, like Hickory Run State Park, Promised Land State Park, Bushkill Falls, summer activities, and more!
What You’ll Find at George W. Childs Park
The next time you stay at the French Manor Inn & Spa, take a trip to the George W. Childs Park and see what makes this region so special! Here are some of our favorite things to do.
The 1.5-mile George W. Childs Park Trail follows Dingmans Creek and winds through a lush ravine, over rushing waterfalls, and past several historic structures. Along the way, guests will find the remnants of an old woolen mill that ran from 1823 to 1832, a rarity outside of big cities. Hikers can admire the stone foundations of the mill for a unique glimpse into the area’s history. A short distance downstream, you’ll find a rustic-style pavilion that’s perfect for a scenic picnic spot. Be sure to download a trail map before heading out!
The park is also home to several beautiful waterfalls that you’ll encounter on your hike. Factory Falls drops twice into the creek and offers a viewing platform near the old mill. Fulmer Falls is 56 feet tall and the largest in the park. This unique waterfall cascades into a semi-circular basin of rock before continuing downstream. The bridge at the top of Deer Leap Falls for a magical look down at the flowing waterfall. Dingman’s Falls is the second highest in the state, and a beautiful 130-foot drop. Check out this post for more amazing Poconos waterfalls!
Delaware Water Gap Activities
George W. Childs Park is a part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area and is close to a wide variety of attractions, including the Appalachian Trail, wildlife habitats, and historic villages and structures. Guests can take a day trip to the area and enjoy water activities like rafting, swimming, and boating. Or stay on land and explore over 100 miles of hiking trails, have a family picnic, or participate in one of the ranger-led tours offered daily.
Book Your Stay at the French Manor Inn & Spa!
After a fun hike and some incredible sightseeing, come home to luxurious comfort at our beautiful Poconos resort! Our bed and breakfast features 19 premium guest rooms and suites, as well as an award-winning onsite restaurant, indoor saltwater pool, and a relaxing spa. Plus, our close proximity to a variety of state parks, recreation sites, and nature preserves means that you can spend your entire vacation enjoying the great outdoors. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!
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