Remember that little kid you were sitting in the backseat of your parents car? You'd see a cool billboard for something like an amusement park or zoo and start yelling, "Can we stop there...please!?" And of course you wouldn't - there was no time, perhaps no money, maybe no interest in the spot and off you would drive.
Here's a place we found because we took a detour.
After miles and miles of reading billboards claiming Bushkill as "Pennsylvania's Niagara Falls" we went for it. We drove many miles out of the way thinking there might not be anything great to see there after all but hey, why not? We never expected to find anything like this: four miles of wooded trails that curved alongside streams that led to eight waterfalls! We spent two hours exploring - amazed by the beauty of the place.
Make that little kid smile.
Plan your visit to Bushkill Falls at any time of year but especially during peak leaf-peeping season. You can expect crowds on weekends but the further away from the main falls you venture, the more solitude and quiet you will find. You will want to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes since even the briefest visit here requires a fair amount of climbing up and down steps, platforms and boardwalks. The park - which is a major Pennsylvania attraction that features gift shops, a museum, a convenience store and picnic areas with grills - is also dog friendly.