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Waterfalls in Pennsylvania State Parks

The mountains and numerous streams and rivers of Pennsylvania make many scenic waterfalls. Most are best viewed in the spring or fall when water levels are higher. Navigate with the map below to find waterfalls across the state.

Select a region on the map below using the zoom tool on the left. Selecting a park on the map will reveal an information box with a listing of amenities in the park, and a link to the park in the listing far below.

 

​Northern Pennsylvania Waterfalls

Colton Point State Park

Colton Point State Park waterfall 

Colton Point State Park has a series of waterfalls at the bottom of Branch Fourmile Run

How To Get There: Take a steep three-mile round trip hike down Turkey Path Trail, less than half a mile down is a 70-foot cascading waterfall with a series of waterfalls at the lowest parts of the trail.

Leonard Harrison State Park

Leonard Harrison State Park waterfall 

Leonard Harrison State Park has a series of waterfalls a long Little Fourmile Run.

How To Get There: Take a steep hike down Turkey Path Trail, at half a mile you will come to a view of Little Four-Mile Run right before the first waterfall. The lowest parts of the trail are along a series of waterfalls.

Trough Creek State Park

Trough Creek State Park waterfall 

Trough Creek State Park is home to the waters of Abbot Run that cascade in a lovely waterfall called Rainbow Falls.

How To Get There: Balanced Rock Trail begins at Trough Creek Drive and passes over Great Trough Creek via a suspension bridge and then past beautiful Rainbow Falls.

Eastern Pennsylvania Waterfalls

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park waterfall 

The trails of Beltzville State Park follow wooded paths, old roads, and mowed walkways through creek valleys, fields, and by the lake passing Wild Creek Falls.

How To Get There: Falls Trail passes through Wild Creek Falls.

Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run State Park waterfall 

Hawk Falls is a natural 25-foot waterfall located a long Hawk Falls Trail in Hickory Run State Park.

How To Get There: Parking for Hawk Falls Trail is available off of PA 534 just east of the turnpike overpass.

Lehigh Gorge State Park

Lehigh Gorge State Park waterfall 

In Lehigh Gorge State Park, the 26 miles of the Lehigh Gorge Trail offers easy hiking along the scenic Lehigh River with several waterfalls along the way.

How To Get There: Lukes Falls is located along the Lehigh Gorge Trail, just north of the Rockport Access Area. Buttermilk Falls is located along the Lehigh Gorge Trail, just south of the Rockport Access Area.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park waterfall 

Ricketts Glen State Park is the home of Glens Natural Area that can be viewed from several hiking trails. Most falls can be seen on a 3.2-mile loop. The tallest waterfall, Ganoga, is 94 feet high. The falls are part of a National Natural Landmark.

How To Get There: There are three parking lots that provide access to the Falls Trail System, a 7.2 mile full loop that follows along 21 beautiful waterfalls. To see most of the waterfalls there is a 3.2 mile loop can be taken by going on Highland Trail and the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail.

Adams Falls is located only a few hundred feet from the Evergreen Parking lot off PA 118.

Salt Springs State Park

 Salt Springs State Park waterfall 

Salt Springs State Park features a rocky gorge cut by Fall Brook with its three waterfalls.

How To Get There: Fall Brook Trail is accessible across the bridge from the Wheaton House. It follows Fall Brook and climbs steeply along the three waterfalls.

Worlds End State Park

Worlds End State Park waterfall 

High Rock Falls are located in Worlds End State Park a long High Rock Trail.

How To Get There: The steep High Rock Trail begins at the east side of the Cabin Bridge.

Western Pennsylvania Waterfalls

Linn Run State Park

Linn Run State Park waterfall 

Linn Run State Park has two runs, Grove and Rock, that join together to create Linn Run. Linn Run is an excellent trout stream featuring the lovely Adams Falls.

How To Get There: Adams Falls Trail is a one mile loop that features a mountain waterfall tucked in among rhododendron and hemlock. Flat Rock Trail is a half-mile trail that ends at a large, smooth rock in the Linn Run stream.

McConnells Mill State Park

McConnells Mill State Park waterfall 

There are three waterfalls in McConnells Mill State Park. The 930-acre Slippery Rock Gorge was designated a National Natural Landmark and a State Park Natural Area because of the array of wildflowers, waterfalls, and habitats.

How To Get There: Hells Hollow Falls located along Hell’s Hollow trail accessible via the Hells Hollow parking lot.

Kildoo Falls is located off Kennedy Road, and Alpha Falls is located along Kildoo Trail.

Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park waterfall 

The rushing waters of the Youghioheny River Gorge is the centerpiece for Ohiopyle State Park, offering five scenic waterfalls.

How To Get There: Meadow Run Trail is accessible near the ranger station, at the waterslides on SR 2011 and at Cucumber Falls on SR 2019. The trail to the right will lead you to a loop trail and the Cascades.

Great Gorge Trail begins at Cucumber Picnic area and crosses several bridges and roads, following Cucumber Run you will arrive at Cucumber Falls, a large cascading waterfall.

Johnathan Run Trail is accessible along Holand Hill Road. The trail crisscrosses Johnathan Run and passes by small waterfalls, including Johnathan Run Falls.

Meadow Run Waterslides are natural waterslides located a short walk from their parking lot along Highway 381.

Ohiopyle Falls has its own ADA parking and viewing area by the park office/visitor center.

Oil Creek State Park

Oil Creek State Park waterfall 

Oil Creek State Park is home to four beautiful waterfalls.

How To Get There: All falls are located along the Gerard Hiking Trail, a 36-mile long trail that encompasses the whole park. For shorter, day hikes use the five connecting loops blazed in white. Parking areas are available at various access points.

Raccoon Creek State Park 

 

Over thousands of years, the stream carved the small grotto from solid rock, forming a picturesque waterfall spilling over the rim of the ravine at Racoon Creek State Park.

How To Get There: Mineral Springs Loop is a 1.2 mile trail passes through one of the park’s historic areas on the way to the mineral springs and waterfall.