Seven Tubs Recreation Area, Wilkes-Barre

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Seven Tubs Recreation Area is a publicly accessible recreation area located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and owned by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Continuously flowing glacial meltwater gouged a line of smooth tubs in gritty sandstone over 12,000 years ago. The tubs are potholes formed by the flowing water. The site is part of a 537-acre (2.17 km2) recreation area in the Pennsylvania mountains about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of downtown Wilkes-Barre. The site is popular among hikers for its easy accessibility and beginner-level hiking environment.

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  • If you can stand the cold water, you will enjoy the natural slides into tubs. Saw kids doing this but too cold for us Floridians.The hike is generally easy but there are lots of roots and rocks so...  more »
  • Great short hike if you’re in the area. Very cool old tunnel and lots of small falls and water pools. Not vigorous at all and if you are in any kind of shape this trail is very easy to do!  more »
  • It's a beautiful natural area right off Route 115 in Bear Creek. A bit tricky to navigate (I needed a walking stick) it's still a very nice place to visit. Just sitting near one of the seven tubs or any of the countless waterfalls is awesome and peaceful
  • Great little spot. Parking lot is fairly small, this is clearly a locals hidden gem. Very clean, the only litter I saw was a forgotten sock. I went for a low impact hike along the creek. The swimmers were having quite a bit of fun. Some were using the waterfall as a slide. Others went pretty deep into the forest for a private swimming area.

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