The Poconos are still thought of as a vacation destination, but the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” is not what it once was. Many of the luxurious mountain hideaways have closed, but that doesn’t mean these spaces in nature should no longer be enjoyed. Buck Hill Inn will soon be demolished by Smart Recycling Inc. rather than renovated or preserved. We are grateful to have been able to collect these images before it was too late. It is sad to lose such a historic landmark, but we can only hope that in doing so, more people will be able to enjoy nature responsibly.
Buck Hill Inn is a quintessential representation of the decay the resort industry has undergone in the Poconos. Built in 1901 with a number of large additions over the span of its 89-year life and surrounded by natural attractions including waterfalls and swimming holes, its age and size is unmatched among the abandoned resorts.
The resort property is owned by Buck Hill Falls company and is not open to the public. The grounds are patrolled by security guards, so this large swathe of developed land and a vast amount of the surrounding forest is not open to the public. Those curious about the "Honeymoon capital of the world" will soon not have the chance to explore and enjoy the beautiful architecture, while imagining the potential for such a space.
We decided to explore the series of waterfalls and swimming holes along Buck Hill Creek first. Trails ran from the Inn down to the stream, so visitors could take a short stroll for a swim. We hiked in from High Acres Park off of Creek Road, Barrett Township.
The following morning we explored the inn at sunrise. Hiking from PA-390, Cresco.