Best Time to Visit Bushkill Falls

Planning your Pocono mountain vacation, but unsure of the best time to visit Bushkill Falls?

Bushkill Falls, often referred to as the “Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania,” is a year round treasure trove of experiences. From fall’s perfect sweater weather to serene, snow blanketed winter with beautiful spring and adventurous summer in between, each season offers a compelling reason to visit this Pennsylvania gem.

Read on for each season’s highlights! 

Bushkill Falls and walkway.

Visit Bushkill Falls in the Summer

If you visit Bushkill Falls in the summer, you can expect temperatures with highs in the low 80s (Fahrenheit) and lows in the mid-50s. Bushkill Falls averages 9 rain days monthly in the summer. Vacationers who visit Bushkill Falls in the summer flock to the area’s hiking trails and river rafting.

Bushkill Falls offers four different trails to accommodate all exertion and ability levels, ranging from the Green Trail’s 15-minute stroll to the Red Trail’s two hour, two mile hike. There are eight waterfalls on the Bushkill Falls property, with an observation deck for the Main Falls just a short distance from the parking lot. You can find more information about Bushkill Falls, trail maps, and other details here

Guests at Shawnee Inn have access to river trips of all kinds, from canoes and kayaks to rafts and pontoon boat tours! Whether you choose to paddle yourself, brave a river raft, or sit back and let an experienced guide take the wheel, you’ll be treated to remarkable views on the Delaware River. 

Someone holding a golden hue leaf with a heart imprint.

Visit Bushkill Falls in the Fall

Weather when you visit Bushkill Falls in the fall can range from the mid-70s to low 50s during the day, with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 30s. Bushkill Falls averages about 7 days of rain monthly during the fall, making this season the driest time in Bushkill Falls. Fall is a great time for exploration that comes with a bit of warmth – think axe throwing, brewery tours, and leaf peeping hikes. 

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort is the only Bushkill Falls area resort that offers outdoor axe throwing. Chilly temperatures are the perfect solution to the sweat you’ll work up aiming for the bullseye! 

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort is home to a brewery, tap room, and beer garden. Brewery tours at ShawneeCraft Brewery go beyond showing you where their delicious beer is made – this tour gives you behind-the-scenes information, three tasters, and a tasting glass souvenir. 

Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons during the fall in Bushkill Falls, making it an ideal time for hiking in the Poconos. Take your time on the trails and take in the beautiful fall foliage in the Pocono Mountains

Group Snowshoeing in the Poconos.

Visit Bushkill Falls in the Winter

Looking to visit Bushkill Falls in the winter? Be ready for daytime highs in the 30s and nighttime temperatures down to the teens, with about 8 snow days per month. Winter vacationers to Bushkill Falls typically take advantage of the snowy weather with skiing, tubing, and snowboarding. 

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is located just minutes from the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, giving you quick access to Shawnee Mountain’s 125 skiable acres, 23 trails, snow-tubing park, and more winter fun. You can save on your winter trip to Bushkill Falls with Shawnee Inn’s Ski & Stay packages!  

Spring Hiking in the Poconos.

Visit Bushkill Falls in the Spring

A visit to Bushkill Falls in the spring can mean a range of weather! Expect cooler temperatures in the 50s and 60s during early spring, warming up to the 70s by May. Nighttime temperatures in Bushkill Falls in the spring can dip to the 30s and 40s. Spring is a great time for bird watching on the trails at Bushkill Falls, guided hikes, and wine tours. 

The trails at Bushkill Falls typically reopen in March, right on time for spring bird watching. As the landscape returns to lush green after the winter, bird watchers love the Red and Blue Trails at Bushkill Falls for spotting Belted Kingfishers, Indigo Buntings, and even the occasional American Woodcock. 

Guided hikes from the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort take place daily, with no additional cost for Shawnee Inn guests. Shawnee Inn’s professional guides lead group hikes to Poconos and Delaware Water Gap trails. You can also book a private guided hike for your small group! 

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort is located centrally to Poconos and Bushkill Falls area wineries, making it the perfect homebase for a self-guided Pocono wine tour. Shawnee Inn put together a local winery guide for your convenience.

Whether your vacation calls for bird watching, river rafting, skiing, or craft brews, Bushkill Falls and our Pocono resort have you covered. Each season brings a unique charm and unforgettable opportunities for exploration and fun. Start planning your Bushkill Falls visit and stay with Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort today!