Hiking Glen Onoko Falls


This trail has now been closed due to safety reasons.  I’ll leave this post up for now as there has been some talk of making the trails safer so that it can be reopened one day.


Danger – people have been seriously hurt or killed in this area.

This is one of the first things you’ll see when entering Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, this is true and people have died while trying to take in the beauty of Glen Onoko’s waterfalls.

Don’t let this discourage you though.

The Glen Onoko trail is challenging, but for careful hikers, it isn’t as dangerous as the death toll would have you believe.

Why hike the Glen Onoko Falls?

  • It’s challenging.
  • It’s fun.
  • It’s beautiful.

The Challenge – The falls steadily get higher and higher and the trails get steeper and steeper.  As you get closer to the top, you’ll find yourself using your hands to scramble more and more.

This isn’t to say you have to be an Olympic athlete to navigate the trails.  It just means that if you aren’t used to tough trails, you may have to take a few more breaks than you normally do.

The Fun – I’m not exactly an adrenaline junky, but the fact that there is a real risk of falling forced me to pay attention to my surroundings more than I normally would have.  While you might think that this detracted from the hike, it actually helped me focus more and made the hike more enjoyable.

The Beauty – I take a lot of pictures when I hike in new places, but I rarely ever print them out.  The Glen Onoko Falls pictures are the exception.  It’s been over a year since I hiked up the falls, but I still have a framed picture of them sitting in my living room.

If you head to Glen Onoko falls, be sure to bring your camera.  Just make sure you’re focusing on your footing as well as the pictures you’re shooting.  Too many people have already lost their lives due to tumbling over  the falls.

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If you look in the center of the picture, you’ll see a person taking a picture of me taking a picture of them.

Hiking the Glen Onoko Falls – What You Should Know

If you’ve never been to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, you should know that it is a very busy tourist town.  The traffic leading into the town can be brutal and there really isn’t any way to avoid it.

My suggestion would be to arrive early or expect to sit in a bit of traffic on your way to the trail entrance.

Glen Onoko Trail Summary

Location – Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Zip Code – 18229

Parking – Plentiful and close to the trail.

Parking Address – You’ll want to park at the Lehigh Gorge trail parking lot.  The entrance can be found at 241 Main Street, Jim Thorpe PA, 18229

Number of Trails – 2

Trail Names – Glen Onoko Falls Trail

Length – About 3 miles

Difficulty – Challenging

Trail Map –

Trail Photos on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/p/BP_TPWIAyZS/?taken-by=carandtent

Trail Photos on Pinterest

Christopher Schopf

Christopher Schopf loves camping, hiking, canoeing, and basically anything that gets him outdoors.

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