This summer has been quite busy for me and I find myself out in the forests and along the Delaware River more than in front of my computer…I am not complaining. I’d like to share with you a rare experience to the Pinchot Falls in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania. Due to the unique geology of the region, there are various waterfalls that add to the beauty of the landscape. Some of the falls are on public lands while others are on private property.
Pinchot Falls (originally known as Sawkill Falls) is on private land. The descendants of the Pinchot family (never heard of the Pinchot name? Read my previous blog: Sustaining the Legacy) used to have a public trail leading from Grey Towers National Historic Site to the falls. However, the trail was closed for many years and remain closed. One of the reasons why the public can no longer enjoy the falls was due to disrespectful visitors. Please, if you visit a waterfall, exercise caution. If you bring your lunch with you, take your trash back with you. There’s no such thing as garbage pick-up service at natural sites.
On July 13th, I and a few visitors were treated with the rare opportunity of visiting Pinchot Falls. The hike started at Grey Towers with a brief history of the Pinchot family, forestry in the US, and local flora. The significance of the site was that Gifford Pinchot, first US Chief Forester, would frequent the falls during the summer. He would often fish in the area. In the past, students from Yale University School of Forestry conducted field research around the area and set up camp nearby. Aside from the historical significance of the falls and the land, it’s just a beautiful place to hike and relax.
Looking for things to do this summer? Come visit me at Grey Towers National Historic Site . I’ll be conducting mansion tours on Mondays at 2pm and 4pm.