5 Pennsylvania Waterfalls You Can Stand Behind

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Standing behind Round Island Run Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania

Standing in front of a waterfall is great.

Standing BEHIND a waterfall is even better!

A summertime view from behind Round Island Run Falls.
A summertime view from behind Round Island Run Falls.

In a state blessed with thousands of waterfalls great and small, here are 5 Pennsylvania waterfalls you can stand behind and experience the thrill of a lifetime!

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


Cucumber Falls

Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is not only one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands, but one of the easiest waterfalls to stand behind in all of Pennsylvania.

Rusty Glessner behind Cucumber Falls.
The author behind Cucumber Falls at Ohipyle State Park.

The large, cavernous area behind Cucumber Falls is most easily accessed from the left side.

A side view of Cucumber Falls after heavy rain.
A side view of Cucumber Falls after heavy rain.

Of course the view from the front is pretty outstanding as well!

High flow at Cucumber Falls.
High flow at Cucumber Falls.

Adams Falls

Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park is yet another Laurel Highlands waterfall you can stand behind.

Adams Falls in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania
The author behind Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park.

The cavernous area behind Adams Falls is plenty tall for an adult to stand in with no issues.

Adams Falls Linn Run State Park Pennsylvania
The author at Adams Falls.

It takes plenty of rain to make a trip to Adams Falls worthwhile, but if you do catch it under these conditions, you’re in for a treat!

Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park in Pennsylvania
Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County has had massive infrastructure built around it for the sole purpose of allowing you to stand behind it.

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

A steel staircase and walkway extends behind the veil of Buttermilk Falls, allowing for just about anyone who can make it up and down stairs to safely stand here.

The view from behind Buttermilk Falls.
The view from behind Buttermilk Falls.

The stairs and walkway are a relatively new feature (2017) – prior to that visitors wanting to go behind the veil needed a bit more skill.

A stream level view of Buttermilk Falls prior to construction of the staircase.
A stream level view of Buttermilk Falls prior to construction of the staircase.

B. Reynolds Falls

B. Reynolds Falls is one that countless people hike by every year as one of the 21 named waterfalls along the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park.

The view from behind B. Reynolds Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park.
The view from behind B. Reynolds Falls.

There is not a lot of headroom behind B. Reynolds Falls, so this one may be better categorized as a waterfall you can crouch behind.

B. Reynolds Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park
B. Reynolds Falls.

Round Island Run Falls

Round Island Run Falls is my personal favorite of the Pennsylvania waterfalls you can stand behind.

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

The remoteness of the location in the Sproul State Forest, and the overall beauty of the waterfall itself make every trip to Round Island Run Falls special.

An autumn view from behind Round Island Run Falls.
An autumn view from behind Round Island Run Falls.

And while it’s the upper tier you can stand behind, the totality of all three tiers makes Round Island Run a magnificent specimen of Central Pennsylvania waterfalls.

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

So there you have it!

5 Pennsylvania waterfalls you can stand behind and experience the thrill of a lifetime!

And if you love waterfalls, you MUST check out The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Guide, with detailed directions to HUNDREDS of PA waterfalls.

The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfall Guide created by Rusty Glessner
The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Guide by Rusty Glessner

The guide is constantly being updated and expanded, is totally FREE to use!


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4 COMMENTS

  1. I love to take pictures of nature, especially of waterfall’s I don’t have any on this scale tho. All of mine are from creeks and streams at about knee level. I’ll have to check these places out. Thanks for the information on some of what looks to be some awesome locations.

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