The 50 Best Winter Waterfalls in Pennsylvania

A wall of ice surrounding Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

If frozen waterfalls and snow-covered landscapes get your heart pumping, then have I got a list for you!

Here are 50 of my favorite winter waterfalls in Pennsylvania, with maps and directions to each and every one of them.

Cucumber Falls frozen solid after a prolonged coldspell.
Cucumber Falls frozen solid after a prolonged coldspell at Ohiopyle State Park.

Some are roadside, others require more extensive (and careful) effort to reach, but ALL are worth seeing in their wintry state.

Steve Rubano and Rusty Glessner at the base of Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
The author (right) with Steve Rubano at the base of Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

So follow along as I share with you my 50 favorite winter waterfalls in Pennsylvania, in alphabetical order.

Simply click on the blue text links to view maps/directions/more photos of each waterfall mentioned.


1. Abbott Run Falls

Abbott Run Falls is a series of seldom-seen waterfalls along Abbott Run in the McIntyre Wild Area portion of the Loylasock State Forest.

Ice formations surrounding Abbott Run Falls.
Ice formations surrounding Abbott Run Falls.

2. Adams Falls

Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park is is a magnificent winter waterfall, and it is conveniently located almost-roadside along Route 118 in Luzerne County.

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

3. Alpha Falls

Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park is a breathtaking winter spectacle in Lawrence County, and only a short hike from a parking area above it.

Ice formations at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park
Ice formations at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park

4. Angel Falls

Angel Falls may be THE tallest waterfall in the Loyalsock State Forest, and looks particularly stately after a winter warm-up gets a bit of thawed snow flowing down its 70-foot face.

Angel Falls on Falls Run in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Angel Falls on Falls Run in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

5. Bear Run Falls

Bear Run Falls is a series of unnamed waterfalls along this Tioga County stream bordering Colton Point State Park, and the first dusting of winter snow makes for an enjoyable off-trail waterfall hike.

Winter along Bear Run in Tioga County.
Winter along Bear Run in Tioga County.

6. Big Falls

Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County is home to some BIG ice formations, along with equally big challenges to reach it in the winter.

Ice formations near Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
Ice formations near Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

7. Big Run Falls

Big Run Falls is one of the best roadside waterfalls in Sullivan County, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in the winter!

A winter view of Big Run Falls from Sullivan Falls Road.
A winter view of Big Run Falls along Sullivan Falls Road in Sullivan County.

8. Blackberry Run Falls

Blackberry Run Falls is another challenging but rewarding winter waterfall hike on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County.

Blue skies over Blackberry Run Falls.
Blue skies over Blackberry Run Falls in Sullivan County.

9. Bohen Run Falls

A little snow and a little ice make for a lovely scene at Bohen Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

The author at Bohen Run Falls.
The author at Bohen Run Falls.

10. Cave Falls

Cave Falls on Cole Run in Somerset County is a superb winter waterfall scene, especially with a blanket of fresh snow coating the Forbes State Forest.

A downstream view of Cave Falls on Cole Run in the Forbes State Forest.
A downstream view of Cave Falls on Cole Run in the Forbes State Forest.

11. Cole Run Falls

Cole Run Falls is one of the prettiest spots in all the Forbes State Forest, especially in the wintertime.

A snowy scene at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.
A snowy scene at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

12. Cottonwood Falls

Cottonwood Falls near Worlds End State Park is a popular winter waterfall destination in Sullivan County.

Winter at Cottonwood Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Winter at Cottonwood Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

13. Cucumber Falls

Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is one of the most popular winter waterfalls in western Pennsylvania for a reason!

Hoar frost surrounding Cucumber Falls.
Hoar frost surrounding Cucumber Falls in Fayette County.

14. Dry Run Falls

Dry Run Falls is a study in contrast between flowing and frozen water in this winter scene from Sullivan County.

A winter scene at Dry Run Falls near Hillsgrove, PA
A winter scene at Dry Run Falls near Hillsgrove, PA

15. Dutchman Falls

Dutchman Falls at the eastern terminus of the Loyalsock Trail is a spellbinding Sullivan County scene in the winter.

Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.
Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.

16. Dutchmans Run Falls

Dutchmans Run Falls is a series of waterfalls near the ghost town of McIntyre in Lycoming County.

Dutchmans Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area on a winter day.
Dutchmans Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area on a winter day.

17. Dutters Run Falls

Dutters Run Falls is a series of unnamed waterfalls that runs parallel to a portion of the Loyalsock Trail in Sullivan County.

The tallest waterfall on Dutters Run - Second Falls.
The tallest waterfall on Dutters Run – Second Falls.

18. Fallingwater

Fallingwater is one of the most famous houses in the world, and the iconic waterfall it was designed to incorporate its absolutely magical in the winter!

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

19. Fechter Run Falls

Fechter Run Falls is one of the highlights of a winter hike along the Sugar Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.

A winter scene from Fechter Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park
A winter scene from Fechter Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park

20. Foundation Falls

Foundation Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County resembles a snow-covered staricase along Quinn Run.

Foundation Falls on a winter day in Sullivan County.
Foundation Falls on a winter day in Sullivan County.

21. Gipson Falls

Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest hangs onto its ice formations late into the winter due to the steep gorge walls blocking out the thawing rays of the sun.

Winter at Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Winter at Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

22. Hell’s Hollow Falls

Hell’s Hollow Falls at McConnells Mill State Park is definitely one of my top 5 prettiest winter waterfalls in Pennsylvania!

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 winter morning.

23. High Rock Falls

High Rock Falls is one of the reasons Worlds End State Park is so popular in the winter.

Winter at High Rock Falls inside Worlds End State Park.
Winter at High Rock Falls inside Worlds End State Park.

24. Jacoby Falls

Jacoby Falls in Lycoming County is home to impressive ice formations every winter.

Icy scene at Jacoby Falls in Lycoming County.
Icy scene at Jacoby Falls in Lycoming County.

25. Jerry Run Falls

Jerry Run Falls is an elegant winter waterfall on a tributary of Pine Creek in the southern part of the PA Grand Canyon.

The author at Jerry Run Falls
The author at Jerry Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

26. Ketchum Run Falls

Ketchum Run Falls is a winter gem located along the lightly-travelled Ketchum Run Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Ketchum Run Falls in the winter.
Ketchum Run Falls in the winter.

27. Kyler Fork Falls

Kyler Fork Falls is a small but splendid winter waterfall tucked away in the Sproul State Forest in Centre County.

The author on top of Kyler Fork Falls.
The author on top of Kyler Fork Falls.

28. Lewis Falls

Another top-5 winter waterfall for me, Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County is extraordinary in every way.

Ice formations surrounding Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
Ice formations surrounding Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

29. Cascades on Meadow Run

The Casacades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park are one of the highlights of a fantastic winter loop hike on the Meadow Run Trail.

The Lower Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.
The Lower Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.

30. Lower Jonathan Run Falls

Lower Jonathan Run Falls is one of the many reasons why winter is my favorite season at Ohiopyle State Park.

Snow and ice at Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Snow and ice at Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

31. Lower Twin Falls

The “wall of ice” that forms every year along Heberly Run near Lower Twin Falls in Sullivan County is an amazing spectacle to behold.

Ice formations around Lower Twin Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
Ice formations around Lower Twin Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA

32. Miners Run Falls

Miners Run Falls, located in the McIntyre Wild Area of Lycoming County, is a series of six magnificent waterfalls all located within 0.6 miles of Rock Run Road.

Winter scene along Miners Run in Lycoming County.
Winter scene at 6th falls along Miners Run in Lycoming County.

33. Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park

The Natural Waterslides on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park are a dazzling roadside attraction in Fayette County.

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

34. Ohiopyle Falls

Ohiopyle Falls, the “Niagra Falls of Western Pennsylvania“, is a poweful sight and sound to behold in the winter.

Winter sunrise at Ohiopyle Falls.
Winter sunrise at Ohiopyle Falls.

35. Pack Saddle Bridge and Waterfall

The snow-covered Pack Saddle Bridge and waterfall is one of the iconic symbols of winter in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

On a snowy winter day the red sides of the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge jump out like in no other season.
A snowy winter day at the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge and waterfall in Somerset County.

36. Quinn Run Falls

The multi-tiered Quinn Run Falls is a rewarding winter sight when hiking on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County.

Photographer Steve Rubano at Quinn Run Falls on State Game Lands 13.
Photographer Steve Rubano at Quinn Run Falls on State Game Lands 13.

37. Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is one of the many wonderful winter sights at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County.

Winter at Rainbow Falls at Trough Creek State in Pennsylvania
Winter at Rainbow Falls at Trough Creek State in Pennsylvania

38. Rosecrans Falls

Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County is an exquisite combination of ice and flowing water in the winter.

Ice formations around Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
Ice formations around Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

39. Shanty Run Falls

Shanty Run Falls is a graceful winter waterfall destination in the heart of State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County.

Shanty Run Falls on a cold winter day.
Shanty Run Falls on a winter day.

40. Stone Quarry Run Falls

Stone Quarry Run Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail is a pleasant winter hiking or cross-country skiing destination in Tioga County.

Stone Quarry Run Falls in mid-March 2019.
Stone Quarry Run Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

41. Sugar Run Falls

Sugar Run Falls is one of the best frozen waterfalls in western PA, conveniently located at the intersection of the Mitchell Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage in Fayette County.

A winter scene at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.
A winter scene at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

42. Sullivan Falls

Sullivan Falls is transformed in to a cauldron of snow and ice in the winter months, a far cry from the swimming hole it is known as in the summer.

A stream-level view of Sullivan Falls in the winter.
A stream-level view of Sullivan Falls in the winter.

43. Table Falls

Table Falls is just one of the many reaons to explore the Quehanna Wild Area in the winter months.

Winter scene at Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Winter scene at Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

44. Upper Jonathan Run Falls

Upper Jonathan Run Falls is a popular winter hiking destination at Ohiopyle State Park.

A winter scene at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park
A winter scene at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

45. Upper Twin Falls

Intricate ice formations adorn Upper Twin Falls on Heberly Run in Sullivan County like icy jewelry in the winter.

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

46. Vinegar Run Falls

Vinegar Run Falls is literally roadside along Route 154 near Worlds End State Park.

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

47. Water Tank Hollow Falls

Water Tank Hollow Falls is located alongside the Pine Creek Rail Trail just outside of Blackwell in Tioga County.

A winter scene at Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail near Blackwell.
A winter scene at Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail near Blackwell.

48. Wykoff Run Falls

Wykoff Run Falls is a winter waterfall everyone can enjoy as it is literally roadside in the Quehanna Wild Area.

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

49. Yoder Falls

Not only is Yoder Falls the tallest waterfall in Somerset County, it’s also one of the best winter waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands.

Ice formations surrounding Yoder Falls.
Ice formations surrounding Yoder Falls in Somerset County.

50. Yost Run Falls

Yost Run Falls is a superb winter waterfall hike in Centre County, and a great way to spend a snowy day in the Sproul State Forest.

A downstream view of Yost Run Falls on a winter day.
A downstream view of Yost Run Falls on a winter day.

So there you have it – 50 of the best winter waterfalls in Pennsylvania!

Could I make the list longer?

Absolutely!

Winter at McElhatten Falls in Clinton County.
McElhattan Falls in Lycoming County.

But 50 is a nice round number, and if that number doesn’t motivate you to get out and about this winter to explore the best frozen waterfalls in Pennsylvania, then I doubt 60 or 75 or even 100 will either!

Spring thaw at Right Angle Falls on Ketchum Run.
Spring thaw at Right Angle Falls on Ketchum Run.

So do yourself a favor – don’t hibernate this winter.

Celebrate this winter!

Explore all that Pennsylvania has to offer, including some of the best winter waterfalls you’ll find anywhere in the USA!

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

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