Exploring Angel Falls and Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest

Angel Falls in Pennsylvania's Loyalsock State Forest.
Angel Falls in Pennsylvania's Loyalsock State Forest.

Angel Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Pennsylvania, and may well be THE tallest waterfall in the Loyalsock State Forest.

As if that weren’t enough to garner your interest, just below Angel Falls lies Gipson Falls, a fantastic 20-footer in its own right.

A summer afternoon at Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A summer afternoon at Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

So how do you find these two beauties?

Follow along as I show you EXACTLY how to find Angel Falls and Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forests.


Getting There

How to Find Angel Falls and Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

  1. Turn off of Route 87 onto Ogdonia Road and proceed approximately 3 miles to intersection with Brunnerdale Road.

  2. Turn onto Brunnerdale Road, proceed 500 yards, and park in the Brunnerdale parking area at GPS coordinates 41.38518, -76.66822.

    A map to Angel Falls and Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

  3. Follow the Loyalsock Trail for approximately 0.5 miles.
    When the LT makes a hard right turn uphill away from the stream on your left (Ogdonia Run), break off from the LT and continue straight along the unblazed but well-worn trail next to Ogdonia Run another 0.2 miles.

  4. At 0.7 miles into your hike, you will reach the sign pictured below.
    Hike uphill along Falls Run another 0.3 miles past the sign to reach Gipson Falls.

    No Camping sign along the trail to Angel Falls and Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

  5. Reach Gipson Falls at approximately 1 mile into your hike.
    GPS coordinates for Gipson Falls: 41.39287, -76.67723

    Gipson Falls on Falls Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

  6. Cross over Falls Run BELOW Gipson Falls and follow the well-worn trail uphill on left side of stream another 0.1 miles to Angel Falls.

  7. Arrive at Angel Falls.
    GPS coordinates for Angel Falls: 41.39389, -76.67704

    Angel Falls in Sullivan County, PA.


Exploring Gipson Falls

The approach to Gipson Falls is quite picturesque.

Approaching Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County.
Approaching Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County.

This is an excellent winter waterfall as you get some outstanding ice formations in the Falls Run Gorge.

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

When you finally get up close to Gipson Falls, you realize it’s every bit of 20 feet tall.

Gipson Falls in Sullivan County, PA.
Gipson Falls in Sullivan County, PA.

Here’s my hiking buddy Steve standing on the falls for scale.

Gipson Falls in Sullivan County.
Gipson Falls in Sullivan County.

Exploring Angel Falls

Officially, Angel Falls is listed at 70 feet tall.

Summer at Angel Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Summer at Angel Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

Let me tell you – when you’re standing at the base it feels taller than that!

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

It’s hard to catch Angel Falls raging unless you time things just right.

During the spring thaw or after a hard summer rain are your best bets.

Angel Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Angel Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

It’s difficult to fit the entirety of Angel Falls into a single photo, unless you are using a wide angle lens.

A fellow photographer at Angel Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A fellow photographer at Angel Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The Return Hike

Getting back to your vehicle is a simple matter of retracing your footsteps.

But you should allow a little bit of time, either before or after visiting Gipson and Angel Falls, to take in the cascades downstream.

Approaching Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Approaching Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Sometimes I feel like the cascades on Falls Run are just as photogenic as the big falls themselves.

Cascades below Gipson Falls in Sullivan County.
Cascades below Gipson Falls in Sullivan County.

Summer, winter – it doesn’t really matter.

This is a fantastic spot in a forest full of fantastic spots!


Final Thoughts

Angel Falls and Gipson Falls are two extraordinary waterfalls located fortuitously close to one another, making this a must-see spot in Sullivan County for hikers, photographers, and nature buffs.

Add to it the fact that this entire hike takes place next to a couple of marvelous streams (Ogdonia Run and Falls Run), and there is no reason NOT to visit Angel Falls and Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest!

Downstream from Gipson Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Downstream from Gipson Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

Nearby Attractions

Dry Run Falls is one of the closest waterfalls to Angel Falls and Gipson Falls.

A summer view of Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.
A summer view of Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.

It is also one of the best roadside waterfalls in all of Sullivan County.

Looking for something more off-the-beaten-path?

Consider Dutters Run Falls, which shares a parking area with Dry Run Falls

Third Falls along Dutters Run in the fall.
Third Falls along Dutters Run in the fall.

Looking for a full day’s worth of waterfall action?

Then check out 10 Must-See Waterfalls Near Worlds End State Park.

A map of 10 waterfalls near Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County Pennsylvania
10 waterfalls near Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County

In this guide you’ll find maps and detailed directions to 10 great waterfalls in and around Worlds End State Park.


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