The Cascades along the Meadow Run Trail are a pair of nearly 100-foot wide waterfalls located in the southern portion of Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands region.
The Upper and Lower Cascades are but two of the highlights of a 1.85 mile Meadow Run Trail loop.
If a pleasant hike along a well-maintained trail featuring enormous rock formations, fossils, and the aforementioned waterfalls intrigues you, then read on as I tell you exactly how to find all of these features while exploring the Cascades along the Meadow Run Trail.
How to Find the Cascades along the Meadow Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park
- From Route 381 south of Ohiopyle, turn onto Dinnerbell Road.
Look for the Meadow Run Trailhead area sign along Dinnerbell Road and park here.
- Look for the trail sign pictured below near the back lower corner of the parking area.
Follow the trail towards Flatrock. This may seem counterintuitive, but this makes for a MUCH more pleasant loop hike as you will start and finish you hike going downhill.
- At 0.48 miles reach Flatrock along Meadow Run.
GPS Coordinates for Flatrock: 39.85553, -79.48925
After hiking downhill for roughly half a mile, you’ll encounter this popular spot along Meadow Run.
- Hike upstream along the Meadow Run Trail for 0.55 miles to the Lower Cascades on Meadow Run.
As you reach the Lower Cascades you’ll see the faded sign below along the trail, on your left.
- Arrive at the Lower Cascades on Meadow Run.
GPS Coordinates for the Lower Cascades Falls: 39.84899, -79.48993
- Proceed up the Meadow Run Trail 0.25 miles to the Upper Cascades.
You’ll see the sign below along the trail.
- Arrive at the Upper Cascades on Meadow Run.
GPS Coordinates for the Upper Cascades Falls: 39.84912, -79.49042
- Continue following the yellow-blazed Meadow Run Trail for approximately 150 yards as it turns sharply right and starts uphill towards the rock climbing area.
- Arrive at the rock climbing area.
GPS Coordinates for the Rock Climbing Area: 39.84989, -79.48992
- Continue past the rock climbing area for 0.7 miles as the trail descends back towards your vehicle, completing the 1.85 mile Meadow Run Loop.
Flatrock along Meadow Run
Flatrock is a popular destination for hikers and fishermen alike.
As the name implies, it is a massive flat rock, filled with natural “potholes”.
Meadow Run Between Flatrock and the Cascades
Numerous photo-ops exist between Flatrock and the Lower Cascades, as you make your way upstream along the Meadow Run Trail.
This is another reason I like hiking the Meadow Run Loop in a clockwise fashion, as your eyes are always looking upstream.
In my opinion, this makes it easier to spot the “good stuff”.
Lower Cascades on Meadow Run
The Lower Cascades have more of the traditional waterfall appearance to them.
When the temperatures are below freezing, small ice formations dangle from the laurel around the falls.
Of course there’s no “bad” season to visit the Lower Cascades Falls.
Upper Cascades on Meadow Run
The Upper Cascades are more complex than the Lower Cascades.
After a hard rain the Upper Cascades swell to raging proportions.
While at other times of year you can easily walk out across the falls to photograph the far side from up close.
The Cascades along the Meadow Run Trail are just two of the many waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park.
As far as stature, they rival Ohiopyle Falls in width.
As far as hikes go, this one rivals the Jonathan Run Falls hike at Ohiopyle for sheer beauty.
And as far as popularity, the Cascades on Meadow Run are right up there with Cucumber Falls in the summer months.
Throw in all the other outstanding sights to see along this hike, and I can’t think of a much better short hike (under 2 miles) at Ohiopyle State Park than the Meadow Run Trail.
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