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.
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.
How to Find Angel Falls and Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
- Turn off of Route 87 onto Ogdonia Road and proceed approximately 3 miles to intersection with Brunnerdale Road.
- Turn onto Brunnerdale Road, proceed 500 yards, and park in the Brunnerdale parking area at GPS coordinates 41.38518, -76.66822.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reach Gipson Falls at approximately 1 mile into your hike.
GPS coordinates for Gipson Falls: 41.39287, -76.67723
- 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.
- Arrive at Angel Falls.
GPS coordinates for Angel Falls: 41.39389, -76.67704
Exploring Gipson Falls
The approach to Gipson Falls is quite picturesque.
This is an excellent winter waterfall as you get some outstanding ice formations in the Falls Run Gorge.
When you finally get up close to Gipson Falls, you realize it’s every bit of 20 feet tall.
Here’s my hiking buddy Steve standing on the falls for scale.
Exploring Angel Falls
Officially, Angel Falls is listed at 70 feet tall.
Let me tell you – when you’re standing at the base it feels taller than that!
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.
It’s difficult to fit the entirety of Angel Falls into a single photo, unless you are using a wide angle lens.
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.
Sometimes I feel like the cascades on Falls Run are just as photogenic as the big falls themselves.
Summer, winter – it doesn’t really matter.
This is a fantastic spot in a forest full of fantastic spots!
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!
Dry Run Falls is one of the closest waterfalls to Angel Falls and Gipson Falls.
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
Looking for a full day’s worth of waterfall action?
Check out my Worlds End State Park Waterfall Guide.
In this guide you’ll find maps and detailed directions to 8 great waterfalls in and around Worlds End State Park.