20 Must-See Pennsylvania Waterfalls

An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Pennsylvania is home to THOUSANDS of waterfalls great and small.

And with 86,000 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks (second only to Alaska) that should come as no surprise.

The greenery comes alive at Round Island Run Falls in the summer months.
The greenery comes alive at Round Island Run Falls in the summer months.

But if you’re new to Pennsylvania, or new to hiking, that can also be overwhelming when trying to decide which waterfalls to explore first.

So I’m going to help you out!

What I’ve compiled here is a list of 20 “must-see” waterfalls in Pennsylvania, from all areas of the state.

I’ve selected waterfalls that are accessible to virtually anyone with beginner to intermediate hiking abilities.

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

For each waterfall listed, simply click on the link / blue text to open a detailed write-up about that waterfall with maps, directions, and additional photos.


1. Raymondskill Falls

Raymondskill Falls in Pennsylvania
Upper and middle tiers of Raymondskill Falls in Pike County PA.

Any list of “must-see” Pennsylvania waterfalls HAS to include Raymondskill Falls.

Billed by the National Park Service as “the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania” at 178 feet, this one is located in northeastern PA in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


2. Dingmans Falls

Dingmans Falls in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.
Dingmans Falls in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.

Dingmans Falls, also located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, is billed as the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania.

Easy to access via a pedestrian boardwalk, the short walk to Dingmans Falls takes you right past Silverthread Falls as well.

Silverthread Falls in the Delaware Water Gap.
Silverthread Falls in the Delaware Water Gap.

3. Shohola Falls

Shohola Falls on State Game Lands 180 in Pike County Pennsylvania
Shohola Falls on State Game Lands 180 in Pike County, Pennsylvania

Located on State Game Lands 180 in Pike County, Shohola Falls is a creek-wide waterfall accessed via a 5 minute walk from a Game Lands parking lot.


4. Fall Brook Falls

The first waterfall on Fall Brook at Salt Springs State Park
The first waterfall on Fall Brook at Salt Springs State Park

Located at Salt Springs State Park, Fall Brook Falls are a series of three waterfalls located in the glacially-carved Fall Brook Gorge in Susquehanna County.


5. Turkey Path Falls

Fourth Falls along the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park.
Fourth Falls along the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park.

The Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park in Tioga County is home to four unnamed waterfalls, all located along a mile-long trail that takes you from the rim of the PA Grand Canyon to Pine Creek at the bottom.

Waterfalls along the Turkey Path in Tioga County.
Waterfalls along the Turkey Path in Tioga County.

The Turkey Path is one of the most famous waterfall hikes in Pennsylvania, and once you hike it, you’ll know why.


6. Harrison Wright Falls

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

Speaking of famous waterfall hikes, without a doubt THE most famous waterfall hike in Pennsylvania is the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen in Luzerne County.

And one of the most photogenic waterfalls along that hike is Harrison Wright Falls, 27 feet tall and spectacular in all seasons.

Of course there are 20 other named waterfalls along this trail, so you’ll want to make an entire day out of your trip to Ricketts Glen.

Oneida Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania.
Oneida Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park.

7. Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls on Roaring Brook in Lackawanna County
Nay Aug Falls on Roaring Brook in Lackawanna County

The pride of Lackawanna County, Nay Aug Falls is a 15 foot tall waterfall located in a beautiful city park near the heart of Scranton.


8. Dutchman Falls

Dutchman Falls in the summer.
Dutchman Falls in the summer.

Located near Route 220 in Sullivan County, Dutchman Falls is a 27 foot tall waterfall accessed via a short side trail off the famous Loyalsock Trail.


9. Dry Run Falls

Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

One of the finest truly-roadside waterfalls in Pennsylvania, Dry Run Falls is located along Dry Run Road in Sullivan County.


10. Angel Falls

Angel Falls in Pennsylvania's Loyalsock State Forest.
Angel Falls in Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock State Forest.

Located in the Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan County, Angel Falls is a massive 70-footer located just off the Loyalsock Trail.


11. Sullivan Falls

The famous rope swing at Sullivan Falls.
The famous rope swing at Sullivan Falls.

Sullivan Falls is located on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, just 375 feet from a parking area along Sullivan Falls Road.

Another truly outstanding Pennsylvania roadside waterfall.


12. Ketchum Run Falls

Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.
Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.

Ketchum Run Falls is one of 4 exceptional waterfalls located along Ketchum Run in the Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County.


13. Miners Run Falls

The first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
First Falls on Miners Run in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County.

Miners Run Falls is a series of 6 unnamed waterfalls along Miners Run in Lycoming County.

Located in the McIntyre Wild Area, the remaining 5 waterfalls become more difficult to reach as you hike upstream, but the one pictured here is roadside.


14. Jacoby Falls

Jacoby Falls swollen by heavy summer rain.
Jacoby Falls swollen by heavy summer rain.

Located at the end of the popular 1.5 mile-long Jacoby Falls Trail in Lycoming County, Jacoby Falls is another gem of the Loyalsock State Forest.


15. Round Island Run Falls

A view of Round Island Run Falls from downstream in early spring.
A view of Round Island Run Falls from downstream in early spring.

Round Island Run Falls may be one of the most remote waterfalls in Pennsylvania.

Located in the Sproul State Forest in Clinton County, this waterfall allows you to stand behind the upper of its three tiers.

My daughter behind the upper tier of Round Island Run Falls.
My daughter behind the upper tier of Round Island Run Falls.

16. Rainbow Falls

Fall foliage at Rainbow Falls in Pennsylvania
Fall foliage at Rainbow Falls in Pennsylvania

Rainbow Falls at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County is located along the Balanced Rock Trail, which features a suspension bridge that will either thrill you or frighten you to death!

The Suspension Bridge at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania
The Suspension Bridge at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania

17. Cucumber Falls

Hoar frost surrounding Cucumber Falls.
Hoar frost surrounding Cucumber Falls.

Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County is quite possibly the most photogenic (and photographed) waterfall in all of western Pennsylvania.


18. Fallingwater

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
Fallingwater as seen from the “Classic View” on the Visitor Center map.

Also located in Fayette County, Fallingwater may be the most famous private residence in Pennsylvania built on top of a waterfall.

Designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater is now owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and open for tours (see their website for details).


19. 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 an old iron forge and the ghost town of Freedom (thus the name).


20. 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.

One of several waterfalls at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County, Hell’s Hollow Falls is located at the end of a half-mile hike over relatively flat terrain.

So don’t let the name scare you away!


So there you have it – 20 “must see” waterfalls from across the great state of Pennsylvania!

Fall foliage surrounding Sullivan Falls on State Game Lands 13.
Fall foliage surrounding Sullivan Falls on State Game Lands 13.

The Best Waterfalls in the Poconos Road Trip

The Best Waterfalls in the Poconos Road Trip will take you on a round-trip tour of some of the best waterfalls in eastern Pennsylvania.

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

The Best Waterfalls Near Pittsburgh Road Trip

The Best Waterfalls Near Pittsburgh Road Trip will take you on a round-trip tour of some of the finest waterfalls in western PA.

A roadmap to the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Best Waterfalls Near Pittsburgh Road Trip.

35 PA Waterfalls for Fall Foliage Lovers

35 of the best PA waterfalls for experiencing amazing fall foliage, complete with maps and directions to each one.

Fall foliage at Rusty Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Fall foliage at Rusty Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The 25 Best Waterfalls in Sullivan County

I compiled a list of the 25 best waterfalls in Sullivan County, a few of which were featured on this list but many more that weren’t.

Ferns adorn the rocks near Big Falls on State Game Lands 13, Sullivan County, PA.

The 10 Best Waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County is home to at least 10 remarkable waterfalls, only one of which was mentioned here.

A summer sunrise over Ohiopyle Falls.
A summer sunrise over Ohiopyle Falls.

5 Great Waterfall Hikes in Lycoming County

Lycoming County is a waterfall hotbed, and these 5 hikes are some of the best.

Two photographers enjoying the scenery at Hounds Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Two photographers enjoying the scenery at Hounds Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

8 Magnificent Waterfalls Near Worlds End State Park

Worlds End State Park forms the hub of an 8 waterfall loop excursion described in my write-up HERE.

High Rock Falls at Worlds End State Park
High Rock Falls at Worlds End State Park

The 10 Best Waterfalls on State Game Lands 13.

For the adventurous at heart, State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County (AKA the Waterfall Wonderland of PA) is home to at least 10 incredible waterfalls of all shapes and sizes.

An autumn view of Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
An autumn view of Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

15 Must-See Pennsylvania Rock Formations

There’s a reason hikers jokingly refer to Pennsylvania as Rocksylvania – PA is home to some fantastic rock formations!

The author in one of the canyons formed by massive rock formations along the Fred Woods Trail.
The author exploring rock formations along the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County.

50 of the Best Scenic Overlooks in PA

If scenic overlooks are more your style, check out 50 of the Best Scenic Overlooks in PA.

Hikers taking on the view at Hyner Run State Park.
Hikers taking on the view at Hyner Run State Park.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much ❤️ for all the beautiful pictures of the waterfalls. The information as well. I would love to see all of these waterfalls up close. Your pictures are truly breathtaking. I can only imagine how more beautiful they are to visit ❤️

  2. Do any of the waterfalls mentioned in these lists allow swimming? If not, can you recommend places for swimming?

    • As a rule swimming is not permitted at waterfalls on State Game Lands or in State Parks. I have no personal experience swimming in any waterfalls, so I’m leary to recommend any – don’t want to put anyone in danger or at risk of getting fined. There are lots of websites and Facebook groups that focus solely on swimming holes – I’d look to those for more first-hand knowledge than I can give you.

  3. Thank you for compiling these! Could you tell me which waterfall is shown at the very beginning of the article?

    • And thank you for checking it out – that is Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park, one of prettiest in all of western Pennsylvania!

  4. Rickets Glen State Park is a great place for water falls and hiking
    You can go into the water but as always watch your step
    20 some water falls over a 6 mile hike
    Wait for a hot day and go for it

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