If you’re looking for the 10 best PA State Parks for waterfall lovers, you’re in the right place!
Each PA state park listed here is known for its waterfalls.
Simply click on the blue text link in each park description to view maps, directions and additional photos of the waterfalls in or near that particular Pennsylvania State Park.
1. Ricketts Glen State Park
Let’s start with the undisputed KING of Pennsylvania State Parks when it comes to waterfall exploration – Ricketts Glen State Park.
The Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park in Luzerne County is home to 21 named waterfalls, and is undoubtedly the most famous waterfall hike in Pennsylvania.
THOUSANDS upon thousands of people flock to Ricketts Glen every year to hike this “bucket list” trail.
Numerous other waterfalls exist within the Ricketts Glen State Park boundaries, including Adams Falls, which is nearly-roadside along Route 118.
2. Ohiopyle State Park
Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is one of the most photogenic (and most photographed) waterfalls in all of western Pennsylvania.
And the Jonathan Run Trail may be the best mile-for-mile waterfall hike on the western side of PA as well.
3. Salt Springs State Park
Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County is home to 3 beautiful waterfalls in the glacially-carved Fall Brook Gorge.
Created by glaciers more than 18,000 years ago, Fall Brook Gorge is is an immensely enjoyable hike through an old-growth hemlock forest.
All three waterfalls are located within a quarter mile of the parking area/visitor center.
4. Trough Creek State Park
Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County is home to Rainbow Falls, as well as numerous smaller waterfalls on Abbot Run.
This uppermost waterfall on Abbot Run is quite photogenic in its own right, with the bridge over Abbot Run adding a rustic touch.
5. Leonard Harrison State Park
The Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park is another famous Pennsylvania waterfall hike everyone should do at least once.
This mile-long trail in Tioga County uses a series of switchbacks and stairways to get you from the top of the PA Grand Canyon to the bottom, passing several waterfalls on Little Fourmile Run along the way.
All of the waterfalls you’ll encounter along the Turkey Path can be seen from the trail itself, but if you want closer views, obvious user-created trails veer off at each one.
6. McConnells Mill State Park
Alpha Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls at McConnells Mill, and just a short hike from the parking area.
And Grindstone Falls, which doesn’t appear on the official park map, is tucked away in the southeastern corner of McConnells Mill State Park, on Grindstone Run.
7. Hickory Run State Park
Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County is home to the 25-foot tall Hawk Falls, as well as several smaller and/or man-made waterfalls.
Stametz Dam is located along the ominous-sounding but super-popular Shades of Death Trail.
Chapel Falls at Hickory Run State Park is a man-made spillway on Hickory Run, across the street from the park office.
8. Worlds End State Park
Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County is home to only one waterfall (High Rock Falls), but it sits dead-center in the middle of no less that 10 waterfall destinations, all within a short distance of the park boundaries.
Many people camp at Worlds End State Park and use it as a home base to explore these exceptional nearby waterfalls.
Some of the 10 waterfalls involve hiking, others like Mineral Spring Falls (pictured below) are roadside.
9. Colton Point State Park
Fourmile Run Falls can also be accessed via a short off-trail side excursion from the Turkey Path at Colton Point.
Bear Run Falls near the northeastern entrance to Colton Point State Park, just off of Colton Road, is a series of unnamed waterfalls.
Bear Run culminates with the colossal Lower Bear Run Falls spilling into Pine Creek near the bottom of the PA Grand Canyon.
10. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The Delaware Water Gap is under the control of the National Park Service, but how can you NOT include it on any list of the top 10 PA state parks for waterfall lovers, when the 2 tallest waterfalls in the state can be found there?!
Raymondskill Falls is THE tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania, billed by the National Park Service as being 178 feet tall.
Dingmans Falls, just down the road from Raymondskill Falls, is the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania at 130 feet tall.
Hornbecks Creek is another magnificent waterfall stream within the Delaware Water Gap.
And when it reopens after storm damage repair (possibly in 2023), Childs Park in the Delaware Water Gap is home to three distinctly different waterfalls, including Factory Falls pictured above.
So there you have it!
10 of the best PA state parks for waterfall lovers!
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