7 Must-See Waterfalls in Western Pennsylvania

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The author at Hell's Hollow Falls.
The author at Hell's Hollow Falls.

Western Pennsylvania is home to numerous waterfalls within a 90 minute drive of Pittsburgh.

And while the waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands fit that bill as well, here are 7 more western Pennsylvania waterfalls that deserve equal attention, complete with directions to each one.

Logan Falls in Forest County PA
Logan Falls in Forest County, PA

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


Alpha Falls

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

Alpha Falls is a 35-foot tall, somewhat temperamental waterfall located at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.

While it takes a HARD rain to get this one flowing well in the summer, it does present with some spectacular ice formations in the winter.

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

Grindstone Falls

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

Don’t look for Grindstone Falls on the “official” McConnells Mill State Park map, because it isn’t on there.

The author visiting Grindstone Falls.
The author visiting Grindstone Falls.

But rest assured this 8-footer does exist in the southeastern portion of the park, a 10-minute hike from the parking area along Mountville Road.


Hell’s Hollow Falls

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 March morning.

Hell’s Hollow Falls is actually an easy waterfall to get to, despite the name.

The two tiers of Hell's Hollow Falls.
The two tiers of Hell’s Hollow Falls.

It’s found at the end of a simple 10-minute hike along a fairly flat trail at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.


Freedom Falls

Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.
Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.

Freedom Falls in Venango County is located near the remnants of an iron forge and the ghost town of Freedom.


Rapp Run Falls

Rapp Run Falls in Clarion County PA
Rapp Run Falls in Clarion County, Pennsylvania

Rapp Run Falls is located on State Game Lands 72, just minutes from downtown Clarion.


Logan Falls

Logan Falls near Marienville Pennsylvania
Logan Falls near Marienville, Pennsylvania

Logan Falls is located 9 miles from Marienville, Forest County, in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest.


Buttermilk Falls

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

Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County gives visitors the opportunity to walk behind the falls in this county park setting.


Nearby Attractions

As mentioned at the outset of this article, the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania are home to plenty of famous (some even world famous) waterfalls, all roughly 90 minutes east of Pittsburgh.

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
The world-famous Fallingwater in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Here’s my list of 20 must-see waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands.

Cucumber Falls on a summer morning.
Cucumber Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

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