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    1 Miles

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Swimming Hole

Hike to the beautiful 20 foot Choke Creek Falls in the Pinchot State Forest.

Hiking to Choke Creek Falls is easy! The hike down to the waterfall is less than a mile and the payoff is a scenic two story waterfall.

From the curve in Phelps Road, take the gated forest road downhill about 1/3 of a mile to a clearing. From here, the trails splits. Take the trail to the right, which is also gated and descends down to Choke Creek at a man made bridge/beaver damn. 

Cross the bridge and immediately turn left onto an unmarked trail that follows the stream. After another five minute walk, you'll reach beautiful Choke Creek Falls. (Note: If you stay on the original trail after crossing the bridge, it will also take you to the stream, just above the falls. Make a left at the stream and the falls is just a short walk away. You should be to hear the running water.)

The falls has a nice plunge pool that local kids like to swim and jump into in the summer. There's even a rope swing for the adventurous. 

It is legal to camp at the falls and there are a few sites with fire rings. Always aim to leave no trace.

I hope to help local trail groups reroute the nearby Pinchot Trail to this falls and along Choke Creek later in 2017.

*Pinchot State Forest was formally known as Lackawanna State Forest and some maps will still call it Lackawanna. It was only renamed in 2015.

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The Pinchot trail is a great experience for all level hikers a little gem of PA.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Mike Servedio

Hiker, backpacker, and photographer based out of Philadelphia.

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