30 Must-See Roadside Waterfalls in Pennsylvania

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

“What are the best roadside waterfalls in Pennsylvania?”

I get an email like that at least once a week, so I finally sat down and made a list of 30 of my favorites!

The first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Miners Run Falls #1 along Rock Run Road in Lycoming County, PA.

I’m going to break this down into 2 categories.

  1. “Truly roadside” waterfalls that can be seen from your vehicle.
  2. “Almost roadside” waterfalls that can be seen by walking/hiking less than 5 minutes.

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.

A September view of Table Falls, flowing high and clear on Paige Run.
A September view of Table Falls, next to Red Run Road in Elk County.

If you’ve been searching high and low for a list of the best roadside waterfalls in Pennsylvania, here it is!


The Best “Truly Roadside” Waterfalls in Pennsylvania


Dry Run Falls

Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County would get my vote for THE best “truly roadside” waterfall in Pennsylvania.

A summer view of Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.
A summer view of Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.

Dry Run Falls is literally right next to a large parking area along Dry Run Road.

The proximity of the parking are to Dry Run Falls.
The proximity of the parking are to Dry Run Falls.

No matter the season, Dry Run Falls is outstanding!

Autumn comes to Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Autumn comes to Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Big Run Falls

Big Run Falls in Sullivan County is another fantastic roadside waterfall that can be seen without leaving your vehicle.

The view of Big Run Falls from Sullivan Falls Road.
The view of Big Run Falls from Sullivan Falls Road.

Big Run Falls is just minutes from Ricketts Glen State Park along Sullivan Falls Road.

A winter view of Big Run Falls from Sullivan Falls Road.
A winter view of Big Run Falls from Sullivan Falls Road.

Vinegar Run Falls

Vinegar Run Falls is roadside along Route 154 in Sullivan County, just minutes from Worlds End State Park.

Winter view of Vinegar Run Falls in Sullivan County.
Winter view of Vinegar Run Falls in Sullivan County.

Vinegar Run Falls are easily seen from Route 154, but the falls themselves are on private property.

Please be aware of that and simply enjoy them from the road.

Fall foliage at Vinegar Run Falls in Sullivan County.
Fall foliage at Vinegar Run Falls in Sullivan County.

Mineral Spring Falls

Mineral Spring Falls in Sullivan County is plainly visible from Mineral Spring Road near Worlds End State Park.

Mineral Spring Falls in Sullivan County PA
Mineral Spring Falls in Sullivan County PA

Many people mistakenly believe Mineral Spring Falls is part of Worlds End State Park, but in fact the falls are located in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Mineral Spring Falls near Worlds End State Park
Mineral Spring Falls near Worlds End State Park

Miners Run Falls

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

A downstream view of the first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A downstream view of the first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The “first” waterfall in this series is plainly visible from Rock Run Road, where Miners Run passses underneath a bridge before spilling into Rock Run.

An autumn scene from the first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
An autumn scene from the first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Wykoff Run Falls

Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County is plainly visible from Wykoff Run Road in the Quehanna Wild Area.

A fisherman at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County

The shortest waterfall on this list of 30, Wykoff Run Falls is still a popular spot in all seasons due to its ease of access.

Winter at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County PA
Winter at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County PA

Hinckston Run Falls

Hinckston Run Falls is a man-made but attractive roadside waterfall in Cambria County.

Hinckston Run Falls in Cambria County Pennsylvania
Hinckston Run Falls in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

This waterfall serves as the spillway for Hinckston Run Reservoir, so it usually flows well year-round.

Hinckston Run Falls near Johnstown PA
Hinckston Run Falls near Johnstown PA

The Best “Almost Roadside” Waterfalls in Western Pennsylvania

For this next section, I’m defining “western Pennsylvania” as anything west of State College / Centre County.

And again, I’m defining “almost roadside” as waterfalls that can be seen by walking/hiking 5 minutes or less.

A young explorer checking out Cucumber Falls.
A young explorer checking out Cucumber Falls, “almost roadside” at Ohiopyle State Park.

Alpha Falls

Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County is accessed by a parking lot at the top of the falls.

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

The best views of the falls, however, are from below.

Staircase on the North Country Trail near Alpha Falls.
Staircase on the North Country Trail near Alpha Falls.

To reach that spot you take a quick 5 minute hike down a few flights of stairs and then across a short path to the bottom of Alpha Falls.

Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill in Lawrence County Pennsylvania

Freedom Falls

Freedom Falls in Venango County is a quick 5 minute walk downhill from a parking area along Rockland Station Road.

Freedom Falls on Shull Run in Venango County.
Freedom Falls on Shull Run in Venango County.

Your initial view of Freedom Falls once you walk down the hill is from the side, but you can walk downstream another minute or two to get the full frontal effect.

Freedom Falls near Kennerdell in Venango County Pennsylvania
Freedom Falls near Kennerdell in Venango County, Pennsylvania

East Park Falls

East Park Falls is located in a city park in the heart of Connellsville, Fayette County.

Close-up of East Park Falls in Connellsville PA
Close-up of East Park Falls in Connellsville PA

A 5 minute hike takes you from a parking area in the park to the foot of the falls.

Upper East Park Falls in Connellsville Pennsylvania
Upper tier of East Park Falls in Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

Stewarton Falls

Stewarton Falls sits less than 5 minutes (albeit a bit of a steep descent) from Stewarton Road in Fayette County.

Stewarton Falls in Fayette County Pennsylvania
Stewarton Falls along Stewarton Road in Fayette County, PA.

Stewarton Falls is located on the Bear Run Nature Reserve.

Stewarton Falls on Crooked Creek n Fayette County Pennsylvania
Stewarton Falls on Crooked Creek n Fayette County Pennsylvania

Fallingwater

Fallingwater in Fayette County is located less than 5 minutes from the parking area and Visitors Center at one of Pennsylvania’s most famous homes.

The author (Rusty Glessner) taking a photo at Fallingwater on a winter day.
The author taking a photo at Fallingwater on a winter day.

You do have to pay admission to tour the grounds at Fallingwater (check their official website – last time I went it was $10 to tour the outside grounds), but it is money well spent if you’ve never been there.

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

Ohiopyle Falls

Ohiopyle Falls at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County offers several different wheelchair-accessible viewing options just a minute or two from a large, paved parking area.

There is a nice side view from the Observation Deck.

A winter view of Ohiopyle Falls from the Observation Deck.
A winter view of Ohiopyle Falls from the Observation Deck.

A frontal view next to the Visitors Center.

Ohiopyle Falls as viewed from in front of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Center.
Ohiopyle Falls as viewed from in front of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Center.

And a view from inside the Visitors Center as well.

Ohiopyle Falls as viewed from inside the Laurel Highlands Visitors Center.
Ohiopyle Falls as viewed from inside the Laurel Highlands Visitors Center.

Cucumber Falls

Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is a 2 minute walk from the parking area to the upper observation area, although you do have to negotiate a handful of steps to get there.

The view from above Cucumber Falls on a winter day. Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA
The view from above Cucumber Falls on a winter day. Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA

If stairs aren’t an issue for you, you can descend additional steps to get even closer to Cucumber Falls.

An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Natural Slides at Ohiopyle State Park

The Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park are a series of roadside cascades accessed by a short staircase near Route 381 in the heart of Ohiopyle.

Stairway to the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.
Stairway to the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.

The upper portion of the slides was formed by Meadow Run as it cuts through the rocks on its way towards the Youghiogheny River.

Late winter scene from the Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park.
Late winter scene from the Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park.

The lower portion of the slides is a mini-waterfall spanning Meadow Run.

The Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park on a winter afternoon.
The Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park on a winter afternoon.

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County is just short walk down a well-maintained path to an upper observation deck.

Approaching the upper observation area at Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County.
Approaching the upper observation area at Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County.

The view from the observation deck is quite nice.

View of Buttermilk Falls from the upper observation area.
View of Buttermilk Falls from the upper observation area.

If stairs aren’t an issue, you can get much closer to (and actually walk BEHIND) Buttermilk Falls.

Buttermilk Falls on a late February morning.
Buttermilk Falls on a late February morning.

Cole Run Falls

Cole Run Falls in Somerset County sits less than 100 yards from a parking area in the Forbes State Forest.

The walk to the top of the falls is completely flat.

A side view of Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.
A side view of Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

If you want to view it from below you can pick your way down the bank via an obvious and well-worn footpath.

A summer view of Cole Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest.
A summer view of Cole Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest.

Pack Saddle Bridge

The Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County is iconic because of the waterfalls it crosses over.

Summer downpours in the Laurel Highlands mean huge flow on Brush Creek and the waterfalls beneath the Pack Saddle Bridge.
Summer downpours in the Laurel Highlands mean huge flow on Brush Creek and the waterfalls beneath the Pack Saddle Bridge.

This view from the right side (when facing upstream) is the easiest vantage point to take in the waterfalls.

A blanket of fresh snow turns the Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania into a winter wonderland.
A blanket of fresh snow turns the Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania into a winter wonderland.

The Best “Almost Roadside” Waterfalls in Central Pennsylvania

For this next section, I’m referring primarily to Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties, with one each from Elk and Luzerne counties thrown in for good measure.


Table Falls

Table Falls lies right next to Red Run Road in Elk County.

Table Falls flowing high and clear on a September morning.
Table Falls flowing high and clear on a September morning.

A 5 minute hike from a parking area located next to the bridge above this waterfall brings you out at the base of Table Falls.

A close-up of Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County, Pennsylvania.
A close-up of Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County, Pennsylvania.

Adams Falls

Adams Falls in Luzerne County is the most accessible of all the waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park.

A 5 minute walk from a parking area along Route 118 brings you to the top of Adams Falls.

A view of Adams Falls from the upper vantage point.
A view of Adams Falls from the upper vantage point.

A short staircase brings you to a middle vantage point.

The multiple tiers of Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen.
The multiple tiers of Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen.

A final staircase allows you to view the lower tier of Adams Falls.

The bottom tier of Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park.
The bottom tier of Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park.

Rock Run Falls

Rock Run Falls is actually a series of waterfalls along the wildly popular Rock Run in Lycoming County.

Rock Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Rock Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Parking areas along Rock Run Road allow you to drive to these falls, park, and hike down the bank of Rock Run to the falls.


Sullivan Falls

Sullivan Falls on State Game Lands 13 is one of the most popular and most easily accessed waterfalls in Sullivan County.

The parking area at Sullivan Falls along Sullivan Falls Road.
The parking area at Sullivan Falls along Sullivan Falls Road.

A 2 minute walk from the back of a parking area along Sullivan Falls Road brings you to an upper vantage point.

Looking down on Sullivan Falls from the top of the switchback trail.
Looking down on Sullivan Falls from the top of the switchback trail.

A more challenging switchback trail takes you down to stream level if you so desire.

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

Coal Run Falls

Coal Run Falls is a series of waterfalls next to Rock Run Road in Sullivan County, just downstream from Sones Pond.

Unnamed waterfall along Coal Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Unnamed waterfall along Coal Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

You can either hike along Rock Run Road and drop in to see the falls, or (my preference) just park at Sones Pond and hike downstream to one waterfall after another.

Coal Run in the Loyalsock State Forest
Coal Run in the Loyalsock State Forest

Darling Run Falls

Darling Run Falls is a small roadside waterfall in Tioga County.

Darling Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest Pennsylvania
Darling Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest

This waterfall is a 5 minute hike downstream from the parking area next to the bridge on Darling Run Road.

Darling Run Falls near the Pine Creek Rail Trail
Darling Run Falls near the Pine Creek Rail Trail

Mine Hole Run Falls

Mine Hole Run Falls is yet another small roadside waterfall in Tioga County.

Mine Hole Run Falls in Tioga County
Mine Hole Run Falls in Tioga County

A short hike from a roadside pull-off on Mine Hole Road puts you right above the falls.

Mine Hole Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest
Mine Hole Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest

The Best “Almost Roadside” Waterfalls in Eastern Pennsylvania

For this final section, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite “almost roadside” waterfalls in the Poconos.


Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls in located in the heart of a city park in Scranton, Lackawanna County.

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

A short walk from the parking area brings you to the Nay Aug Falls overlook.

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

Shohola Falls

Shohola Falls is located just off Route 6 in Pike County.

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

A 5 minute walk from a parking area on State Game Lands 180 is all that is required to see Shohola Falls.

Shohola Falls on State Game Lands 180 in Pike County

Raymondskill Falls

Raymondskill Falls, the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania, is located less than 200 yards from a parking area off of Raymondskill Road in Pike County.

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

This 178 foot tall waterfall can be viewed from several different vantage points, the lower of which require a more strenuous hike to get to.

The bottom tier of Raymondskill Falls in PIke County.
The bottom tier of Raymondskill Falls in Pike County.

Silverthread Falls

Silverthread Falls is located near the Dingmans Falls Visitors Center in Pike County.

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

A 2-3 minute hike along a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk is all that is required to see Silverthread Falls

Boardwalk trail between Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.
Boardwalk trail to Silverthread Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Dingmans Falls

Dingmans Falls is located just a few minutes further down the boardwalk trail from Silverthread Falls, in Pike County.

Dingmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania
Dingmans Falls in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Dingmans Falls is listed at 130 feet tall, making it the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania.

Dingmans Falls in the Delaware Water Gap
Dingmans Falls in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

There you have it – 30 of the best roadside waterfalls in Pennsylvania!

Big Run Falls is one of the most picturesque roadside waterfalls in Sullivan County.
Big Run Falls is one of the most picturesque roadside waterfalls in Sullivan County.

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