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Buttermilk Falls


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Mountain Road, Walpack Township, NJ
Phone: (570) 426-2452, Bushkill, PA
www.nps.gov/dewa

OWNER:  U.S. Department of the Interior

DIRECTIONS:  Continue on Old Mine Road by turning Left out of parking area. After 4.6 miles Old Mine Road bears Left. Continue straight on Pompey Road (also referred to as Pompey Ridge Road by the National Park Service). After 1.0 mile turn Left at the stop sign onto NPS 615 North, following signs for Peter’s Valley, Layton, U.S. Route 206. After 1.4 miles turn Right at Walpack Center, which is a small cluster of white buildings; Look for the Walpack Environmental Center sign immediately before entrance. After 0.1 miles cross a one lane bridge. After 0.4 miles turn Right at the Walpack Cemetery onto Mountain Road. After 2.0 miles turn Right into a dirt parking lot for Buttermilk Falls. The falls are directly across the road, and can’t be missed.   Map
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ACCESS AND PARKING:  Mountain Road, which leads to the Buttermilk Falls, may be closed during winter. Call the Bushkill, PA office for more information.

Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk FallsDwight Hiscano
 
SITE DESCRIPTION:  This spectacular waterfall cascades down the mountainside just a few feet from the road; it is breathtaking in most seasons, but less so during dry periods. The National Park Service has built interpretive displays along a wooden stairway to the top of the falls, but use caution as it is quite steep and is likely to be damp. Adventurous explorers can take the Buttermilk Falls Blue Trail that climbs 1000 feet above the falls, and ultimately reaches the Appalachian Trail after approximately 1.9 miles. For more information visit http://www.nynjtc.org/trails/ebh/buttermilk.html. Although Mountain Road is unpaved and rough in some areas, it can be rewarding for wildlife-viewing. There are several parking areas, and, as with the other sites in this region, a host of birds can be found, including American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, Blue-winged, Hooded, Magnolia and Northern Parula Warblers, Wood, Veery, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, Eastern Wood Pewee, Great-crested Flycatcher and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

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