Exploring Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park

Adams Falls in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park (not to be confused with Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park) is a picturesque 12 foot tall waterfall in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.


How to Find Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park

Linn Run State Park is located approximately 6 miles east of Ligonier in Westmoreland County.

A map of Linn Run State Park in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania
A map of Linn Run State Park in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

The parking area for Adam Falls is located along Linn Run Road at GPS coordinates 40.16890, -79.23369.

Adams Falls sign at Linn Run State Park
Adam Falls sign at Linn Run State Park

There are parking areas on either side of Linn Run, although the parking area closer to the falls is closed in the winter.

Map to the abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park.
Map to Adam Falls and the abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park.

Hiking to Adam Falls

The trail to Adam Falls from the closer of the 2 parking areas is approximately 210 yards long.

Adams Falls Trailhead at Linn Run State Park.
Adam Falls Trailhead at Linn Run State Park.

An obvious user trail breaks off from the main trail at the top and takes you down to steam level, where you have the best view of Adam Falls.

Side view of Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park in the Laurel Highlands.
Side view of Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park in the Laurel Highlands.

The GPS coordinates for Adams Falls are 40.16751, -79.23140.

Adams Falls Linn Run State Park PA
Adam Falls, Linn Run State Park

Adam Falls is normally no gusher.

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

But if you’re lucky enough to catch it after the spring thaw or a heavy rain it can be quite impressive!

Looking down on Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park after heavy spring rains.
Looking down on Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park after heavy spring rains.

One of the most enjoyable things about Adam Falls is that you have the ability to stand behind the falls in the recesses of the rock.

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

Adam Falls is an ideal destination for those wanting to see a waterfall without much physical exertion.

View from the top of Adams Falls during the spring thaw at Linn Run State Park.
View from the top of Adam Falls during the spring thaw at Linn Run State Park.

Even in the drier summer months, Adam Falls is a pleasant destination while picnicking at Linn Run State Park.

Adams Falls Pennsylvania Linn Run State Park
Adam Falls in Westmoreland County.

Nearby Attractions

The abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park is a remarkable set of ruins from the early days of “retreat camping” in western Pennsylvania.

The front entrance to the former McGinnis Rod and Gun Club on Linn Run.
The abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park.

Mill Creek Falls is located just a few short miles from Adam Falls, on State Game Lands 42.

Sunrise over Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.
Sunrise over Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

Wolf Rocks Overlook is just minutes from Adam Falls, in the adjacent Forbes State Forest.

Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Westmoreland County, PA.

Beam Rocks Overlook is yet another nearby scenic overlook, just a few miles from the Wolf Rocks trail head.

Fall foliage around Beam Rocks in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage around Beam Rocks in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Spruce Flats Bog is a unique, 28-acre high altitude ecosystem located 4.5 miles from Adam Falls.

The boardwalk extending out into Spruce Flats Bog in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.
Spruce Flats Bog in the Forbes State Forest.

Looking for even more nearby waterfalls?

Be sure to check out “23 Must-See Waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands”

Selfie at Lower Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park is located approximately 25 miles to the south in neighboring Fayette County, and features, among other things, at least 10 great waterfall spots to check out!

An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Also close to Ohiopyle you’ll find Fallingwater, Pennsylvania’s most famous private residence.

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
Fallingwater in Fayette County.

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2 COMMENTS

    • Linn Run is a nice park – but if I could show someone from out of the area only one spot in that part of the state it would be Ohiopyle State Park.

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