35 PA Waterfalls for Fall Foliage Lovers

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

I’m excited to share this write-up with you as it combines two of my favorite subjects to photograph – waterfalls and fall foliage!

October at Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.
October at Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.

Follow along as I share with you directions to 35 of the best Pennsylvania waterfalls for experiencing incredible fall foliage!

Simply click on the blue text links to open maps/directions/additional information about each waterfall mentioned.

Fall foliage at Ketchum Run Falls.
Fall foliage at Ketchum Run Falls.

The waterfalls are listed in alphabetical order, to make it easier for you to come back to this article later and find exactly which one/ones you may be looking for.

And please keep in mind that these photos were taken during optimal conditions, when both the amounts of water and fall foliage were at their peak. These conditions vary from year to year, so what may look spectacular one year may look less so the next. And vice versa!


The 35 Best PA Waterfalls for Fall Foliage Lovers

1. Amphitheatre Falls

Located in an almost mythical setting, Amphitheatre Falls in Tioga County is an extraordinary fall foliage destination.

Fall foliage at Amphitheater Falls in Tioga County, PA
Fall foliage at Amphitheater Falls in Tioga County, PA

2. Bear Run Falls

Bear Run in Tioga County, near Colton Point State Park, is home to a series of waterfalls, all of which the avid hiker / fall foliage enthusiast will enjoy.

Fall foliage at Bear Run Falls in Tioga County.
Fall foliage at Bear Run Falls in Tioga County.

3. Big Falls

Located on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, Big Falls makes you earn this view!

Fall foliage at Big Falls on Heberly Run in Sullivan County.
Fall foliage at Big Falls on Heberly Run in Sullivan County.

4. Big Run Falls

Big Run Falls may be the prettiest roadside waterfall in Sullivan County.

An October morning at Big Run Falls.
An October morning at Big Run Falls.

5. Bruner Run Falls

Located at Ohiopyle State Park, Bruner Run Falls is actually a series of waterfalls along this tributary of the Youghiogheny River in Fayette County.

Waterfalls along Bruner Run at Ohiopyle State Park.
Waterfalls along Bruner Run at Ohiopyle State Park.

6. Campbells Run Falls

Campbells Run Falls lies just a short distance from the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.

Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton Pennsylvania
Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton, Pennsylvania

7. Cascades on Meadow Run

The Cascades on Meadow Run are a series of waterfalls along the popular Meadow Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

Fall foliage at the Upper Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at the Upper Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.

8. Cole Run Falls

Cole Run Falls is a popular roadside waterfall in Somerset County.

Fall foliage at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

9. Cottonwood Falls

Cottonwood Falls is a short but pleasant hike when visiting Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County.

Fall foliage at Cottonwood Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Fall foliage at Cottonwood Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

10. Cucumber Falls

Cucumber Falls in Fayette County is one of the most photographed waterfalls in all of western Pennsylvania!

An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Cucumber Falls in Fayette County.

11. Dry Run Falls

Dry Run Falls is a popular roadside waterfall and picnic spot in Sullivan County.

Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Fall foliage at Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County.

12. Dutters Run Falls

Dutters Run Falls is a series of waterfalls along a portion of the Loyalsock Trail in Sullivan County.

Third Falls along Dutters Run in the fall.

13. Fechter Run Falls

Fechter Run Falls is an elusive waterfall that lies on a tributary of Jonathan Run in Fayette County.

Fall foliage at Fechter Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Fechter Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park.

14. Four Mile Run Falls

Four Mile Run Falls is an off-trail waterfall in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area in Tioga County.

Fourmile Run Falls in late October.
Fourmile Run Falls in late October.

15. Grindstone Falls

Grindstone Falls is an exquisite fall foliage destination tucked away in a remote corner of McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.

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

16. Jonathan Run Falls

Jonathan Run Falls in Fayette County is a series of waterfalls along what I consider to be the best waterfall hike in western Pennsylvania, the Jonathan Run Trail.

Fall foliage at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

17. Jones Mill Run Dam

The only man-made “waterfall” I’ve included on this list, Jones Mill Run Dam at Laurel Hill State Park is an extremely popular fall foliage hike in the Laurel Highlands of Somerset County.

Fall foliage at Laurel Hill State Park near Somerset Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage at Laurel Hill State Park near Somerset Pennsylvania.

18. Ketchum Run Falls

Ketchum Run Falls is located along the Ketchum Run Trail in Sullivan County.

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

19. Lewis Falls

Lewis Falls in Sullivan County is one of my absolute favorite fall foliage destinations in all of Pennsylvania!

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.

20. Miners Run Falls

Miners Run Falls is a series of 6 waterfalls in the McIntyre Wild Area in Lycoming County.

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.

21. Ohiopyle Falls

Ohiopyle Falls in Fayette County is the centerpiece of fall foliage viewing at Ohiopyle State Park.

Fall foliage at Ohiopyle Falls in Fayette County.
Fall foliage at Ohiopyle Falls in Fayette County.

22. Pack Saddle Bridge

The waterfall beneath the Pack Saddle Bridge is one of the most recognizable symbols of Somerset County, and one of the premier fall foliage photo-ops as well.

A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.
A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.

23. Pigeon Run Falls

Pigeon Run Falls is a series of picturesque waterfalls along Pigeon Run in Sullivan County.

Fall foliage on full display along Pigeon Run in Sullivan County.
Fall foliage on full display along Pigeon Run in Sullivan County.

24. Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is surrounded by radiant fall foliage every October in Huntingdon County.

Fall foliage at Rainbow Falls in Pennsylvania
Fall foliage at Rainbow Falls in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

25. Ricketts Glen

Of course the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park, a place practically synonymous with PA waterfalls, offers up plenty of fall foliage photo-ops at the 21 named waterfalls along the trail in Luzerne County.

Tuscarora Falls at RIcketts Glen State Park in PA
Autumn at Tuscarora Falls.

26. Round Island Run Falls

Round Island Run Falls is tucked away in a remote corner of the Sproul State Forest in Clinton County.

Fall foliage at Round Island Run Falls in the Sproul State Forest.
Fall foliage at Round Island Run Falls in the Sproul State Forest.

27. Rusty Run Falls

Rusty Run Falls is one of the less-frequently visited waterfalls near Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County.

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

28. Shanty Run Falls

Shanty Run Falls makes for a dazzling fall foliage scene in Sullivan County.

Shanty Run Falls on an autumn morning.
Shanty Run Falls on an autumn morning.

29. Sugar Run Falls

Sugar Run Falls is located just off the Great Allegheny Passage bike path in Fayette County.

Fall foliage leaf swirls at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage leaf swirls at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

30. Sullivan Falls

Sullivan Falls is perhaps the most-visited waterfall in all of Sullivan County.

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

31. Table Falls

Table Falls is one of the prettiest small waterfalls in the Elk County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area.

Fall foliage at Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Fall foliage at Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

32. Turkey Path Falls

The Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park is a one-mile hike to numerous waterfalls along Little Fourmile Run in Tioga County.

Fall foliage around the tallest waterfalls along the Turkey Path.
Fall foliage around the tallest waterfalls along the Turkey Path.

33. Upper Twin Falls

Upper Twin Falls is a magical spot on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County.

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

34. Vinegar Run Falls

Vinegar Run Falls is a roadside waterfall along Route 154 near Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County.

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

35. Yost Run Falls

Yost Run Falls is located along the popular Chuck Keiper Trail in Centre County.

Fall foliage at Yost Run Falls in the Sproul State Forest.
Fall foliage at Yost Run Falls in the Sproul State Forest.

So there you have it – 35 of the best PA waterfalls for fall foliage lovers!

Part of the beauty of waterfalls and fall foliage is that conditions change from year to year, so no two visits will ever be the same!

Fall foliage along Paige Run in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Fall foliage along Paige Run in the Quehanna Wild Area.

I hope you find this write-up and galley a useful tool for discovering YOUR OWN favorite PA waterfalls and fall foliage scenes!

An autumn scene from the third waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Fall foliage along Miners Run in Lycoming County.

If you’re a waterfall fanatic, be sure to check out “The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Guide” for information and directions to HUNDREDS of PA’s finest waterfalls!

The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfall Guide created by Rusty Glessner
“The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Guide” by Rusty Glessner.

As with all of my write-ups, there are NO ADVERTISEMENTS – simply the best photos and directions to PA’s finest waterfalls!


If you can’t get enough fall foliage in your life, check out “20 Fabulous Fall Foliage Destinations in the Laurel Highlands of PA”, an area that USA Today ranked as the 3rd best fall foliage viewing destination in the ENTIRE USA!

Fall foliage at Seven Springs Resort in Somerset County Pennsylvania.

The PA Grand Canyon is another unforgettable fall foliage destination.

“Where to Find Incredible Fall Foliage Views in the PA Grand Canyon” will give you directions to some of my favorite fall foliage viewing spots there.

A PA Grand Canyon Overlook with a view of the fall foliage in Tioga County.
A PA Grand Canyon Overlook with a view of the fall foliage in Tioga County.

“15 PA State Parks Perfect for Fall Foliage Lovers” will guide you to 15 of the finest Pennsylvania state parks for experiencing amazing fall foliage views.

Boating at Greenwood Furnace State Park in October.
Boating at Greenwood Furnace State Park in October.

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