10 Must-See Waterfalls in Western Pennsylvania

The author at Hell's Hollow Falls.
The author at Hell's Hollow Falls.

Western Pennsylvania is home to numerous waterfalls within a 90 minute drive of Pittsburgh.

And while the waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands fit that bill as well, here are 10 more western Pennsylvania waterfalls that deserve equal attention, complete with directions to each one.

Logan Falls in Forest County PA
Logan Falls in Forest County, PA

Simply click on the blue text link in each waterfall description to see maps, directions, and additional photos of that waterfall.


Alpha Falls

Rusty Glessner at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park
The author at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park.

Alpha Falls is a 35-foot tall, somewhat temperamental waterfall located at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.

While it takes a HARD rain to get this one flowing well in the summer, it does present with some spectacular ice formations in the winter.

Ice formations at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park
Ice formations at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park.

Grindstone Falls

Fall foliage surrounding Grindstone Falls at McConnells Mill State Park
Fall foliage surrounding Grindstone Falls at McConnells Mill State Park.

Don’t look for Grindstone Falls on the “official” McConnells Mill State Park map, because it isn’t on there.

The author visiting Grindstone Falls.
The author visiting Grindstone Falls.

But rest assured this 8-footer does exist in the southeastern portion of the park, a 10-minute hike from the parking area along Mountville Road.


Hell’s Hollow Falls

When visiting Hell's Hollow Falls on a snowy day it is often surrounded by ice and snow as it is in this photo.
Hell’s Hollow Falls surrounded by ice and snow on a March morning.

Hell’s Hollow Falls is actually an easy waterfall to get to, despite the name.

The two tiers of Hell's Hollow Falls.
The two tiers of Hell’s Hollow Falls.

It’s found at the end of a simple 10-minute hike along a fairly flat trail at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.


Quaker Falls

Downstream view of Quaker Falls, also known as Quakertown Falls in Lawrence County PA
Downstream view of Quaker Falls, also known as Quakertown Falls, in Lawrence County.

Quaker Falls is the centerpiece of the newly-created Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Lawrence County, and just may be the westernmost waterfall in Pennsylvania.

Quaker Falls as viewed from the parking lot at Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Lawrence County Pennsylvania.
Quaker Falls as viewed from the parking lot at Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Lawrence County.

A quick and easy view of Quaker Falls can be had from above, while a short but challenging hike awaits those who wish to see the falls from stream level.


Freedom Falls

Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.
Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.

Freedom Falls in Venango County is located near the remnants of an iron forge and the ghost town of Freedom.


Rapp Run Falls

Rapp Run Falls in Clarion County PA
Rapp Run Falls in Clarion County, Pennsylvania

Rapp Run Falls is located on State Game Lands 72, just minutes from downtown Clarion.


Logan Falls

Logan Falls near Marienville Pennsylvania
Logan Falls near Marienville, Pennsylvania

Logan Falls is located 9 miles from Marienville, Forest County, in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest.


Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County

Summertime view of Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County Pennsylvania
Summertime view of Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County.

Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County gives visitors the opportunity to walk behind the falls in this county park setting.


Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County

The author behind Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County PA.
The author behind Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County PA.

Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County is yet another waterfall that you can stand behind, in a picturesque park setting just a few hundred yards from the Beaver Falls exit of the PA Turnpike.


Big Run Falls

Big Run Falls at Cascade Park in Lawrence County.
Big Run Falls in New Castle, Lawrence County.

Big Run Falls in New Castle, Lawrence County is a 20 foot tall waterfall at the heart of an abandoned amusement park turned nature park.


Nearby Attractions

If you like road trips, I’ve mapped out the ultimate “Waterfalls Near Pittsburgh Road Trip” just for you!

A roadmap to the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Road trip to the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh.

The Best Waterfalls in the Poconos Road Trip is another great waterfalls journey, this one through eastern Pennsylvania.

A road map to the best waterfalls in the Poconos region of eastern Pennsylvania.
The Best Waterfalls in the Poconos road trip.

20 Must-See Pennsylvania Waterfalls is your guide to the best waterfalls from across the entire state of PA!

Harrison Wright Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania.
Harrison Wright Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park.

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