“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 35 of my favorites!
I’m going to break this down into 2 categories.
- “Truly roadside” waterfalls that can be seen from your vehicle.
- “Almost roadside” waterfalls that can be seen by walking/hiking less than 5 minutes.
For each waterfall listed, simply click on the blue text link to open a detailed write-up about that waterfall with maps, directions, and additional photos.
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.
Dry Run Falls is literally right next to a large parking area along Dry Run Road.
No matter the season, Dry Run Falls is outstanding!
Holcomb Falls in Bradford County is right up there with Dry Run Falls when it comes to exceptional roadside waterfalls.
How close can you get to Holcomb Falls in your vehicle?
Big Run Falls in Sullivan County
Big Run Falls in Sullivan County is another fantastic roadside waterfall that can be seen without leaving your vehicle.
Big Run Falls is just minutes from Ricketts Glen State Park along Sullivan Falls Road.
Big Run Falls in 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.
You can literally park and picnic right next to the Big Run Falls overlook at Cascade Park in New Castle.
Vinegar Run Falls
Vinegar Run Falls is roadside along Route 154 in Sullivan County, just minutes from Worlds End State Park.
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.
Mineral Spring Falls
Mineral Spring Falls in Sullivan County is plainly visible from Mineral Spring Road near Worlds End State Park.
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.
Miners Run Falls
Miners Run Falls is a series of waterfalls along Miners Run in Lycoming County.
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.
Wykoff Run Falls
Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County is plainly visible from Wykoff Run Road in the Quehanna Wild Area.
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.
Hinckston Run Falls
Hinckston Run Falls is a man-made but attractive roadside waterfall in Cambria County.
This waterfall serves as the spillway for Hinckston Run Reservoir, so it usually flows well year-round.
Lick Creek Falls
Lick Creek Falls along Landrus Road in Tioga County is just outside the village of Arnot.
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.
Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County is accessed by a parking lot at the top of the falls.
The best views of the falls, however, are from below.
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.
Quaker Falls in Lawrence County is the centerpiece of the newly-created Quaker Falls Recreation Area.
A scenic view of Quaker Falls from above can be had from near the back edge of the parking lot.
And if you want to see Quaker Falls from below, a short (but unimproved) trail leads down to the base of the falls.
Freedom Falls in Venango County is a quick 5 minute walk downhill from a parking area along Rockland Station Road.
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.
East Park Falls
East Park Falls is located in a city park in the heart of Connellsville, Fayette County.
A 5 minute hike takes you from a parking area in the park to the foot of the falls.
Robinson Falls is located just off of Falls Avenue (appropriately) on the western edge of Connellsville in Fayette County.
It’s rumored the George Washington camped here at Robinson Falls as part of General Braddock’s army during the French and Indian War.
Stewarton Falls sits less than 5 minutes (albeit a bit of a steep descent) from Stewarton Road in Fayette County.
Stewarton Falls is located on the Bear Run Nature Reserve.
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.
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.
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 frontal view next to the Visitors Center.
And a view from inside the Visitors Center as well.
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.
If stairs aren’t an issue for you, you can descend additional steps to get even closer to Cucumber Falls.
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.
The upper portion of the slides was formed by Meadow Run as it cuts through the rocks on its way towards the Youghiogheny River.
The lower portion of the slides is a mini-waterfall spanning Meadow Run.
Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County is just short walk down a well-maintained path to an upper observation deck.
The view from the observation deck is quite nice.
If stairs aren’t an issue, you can get much closer to (and actually walk BEHIND) Buttermilk Falls.
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.
If you want to view it from below you can pick your way down the bank via an obvious and well-worn footpath.
Pack Saddle Bridge
The Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County is iconic because of the waterfalls it crosses over.
This view from the right side (when facing upstream) is the easiest vantage point to take in the waterfalls.
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 lies right next to Red Run Road in Elk County.
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 5 minute walk from a parking area along Route 118 brings you to the top of Adams Falls.
A short staircase brings you to a middle vantage point.
A final staircase allows you to view the lower tier of Adams Falls.
Rock Run Falls
Rock Run Falls is actually a series of waterfalls along the wildly popular Rock Run in Lycoming County.
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 on State Game Lands 13 is one of the most popular and most easily accessed waterfalls in Sullivan County.
A 2 minute walk from the back of a parking area along Sullivan Falls Road brings you to an upper vantage point.
A more challenging switchback trail takes you down to stream level if you so desire.
Coal Run Falls
Coal Run Falls is a series of waterfalls next to Rock Run Road in Sullivan County, just downstream from Sones Pond.
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.
Darling Run Falls
Darling Run Falls is a small roadside waterfall in Tioga County.
This waterfall is a 5 minute hike downstream from the parking area next to the bridge on Darling Run Road.
Mine Hole Run Falls
Mine Hole Run Falls is yet another small roadside waterfall in Tioga County.
A short hike from a roadside pull-off on Mine Hole Road puts you right above the falls.
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.
A short walk from the parking area brings you to the Nay Aug Falls overlook.
Shohola Falls is located just off Route 6 in Pike County.
A 5 minute walk from a parking area on State Game Lands 180 is all that is required to see Shohola 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.
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.
Silverthread Falls is located near the Dingmans Falls Visitors Center in Pike County.
A 2-3 minute hike along a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk is all that is required to see Silverthread Falls
Dingmans Falls is located just a few minutes further down the boardwalk trail from Silverthread Falls, in Pike County.
Dingmans Falls is listed at 130 feet tall, making it the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania.
There you have it – 35 of the best roadside waterfalls in Pennsylvania!
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