Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County, Pennsylvania is a magnificent 25-foot tall waterfall near the Tiadaghton trail head of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Featured on postcards at gift shops all around the PA Grand Canyon, Campbells Run Falls is a relatively easy hike in comparison to other waterfall hikes in the Pine Creek Gorge.
IF you know where to start hiking, that is!
How to Find Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County
The trailhead for the Campbells Run Falls hike is the parking area for the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tiadaghton.
GPS coordinates for the parking area (just off of Tiadaghton Road) are: 41.64761, -77.45084.
And yes, there are restrooms at the trailhead as well.
From the parking area, hike back along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in the direction of Tiadaghton Road for approximately 460 yards, until you cross over Campbells Run.
There are cabins on either side of Campbells Run, but the State owns a 50-foot wide swath of land on the right side of the stream that you will traverse on your way upstream (refer to map below).
Starting upstream on the right side of Campbells Run, you will spot an unblazed but obvious trail approximately 100 yards after passing the cabins.
From there, follow the trail another 300 yards upstream until you spot a waterfall off to your left, on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run on the opposite side of the stream.
You can explore that waterfall now, or on your way back from Campbells Run Falls.
In either case, you’ll have to make a wet crossing of Campbells Run to see it.
The Unnamed Waterfalls near Campbells Run
There are at least two waterfalls on this unnamed tributary of Campbells Run.
The first is the one you spotted from the Campbells Run Trail, a spectacular 20-footer.
GPS coordinates for this unnamed waterfall are 41.65068, -77.44415.
Anywhere else in Pennsylvania this would be a “destination” waterfall, but here in the waterfall-rich Pine Creek Gorge it joins a host of other similar large waterfalls without a formal name.
Heading up this unnamed stream gorge via a steep scramble on the right side, another 15 footer awaits.
I have not yet caught this one flowing as well as I’d like to, but it certainly has the potential to be another marvelous Pine Creek waterfall.
I HAVE been lucky enough to see this one with some excellent fall foliage around it, so hopefully someday I’ll be able to put the 2 scenarios together.
Campbells Run Falls
Crossing back over Campbells Run and continuing upstream for another 250 yards you’ll run head-on into Campbells Run Falls.
GPS coordinates for Campbells Run Falls are 41.65195, -77.44212.
Campbells Run Falls is a textbook-perfect beauty.
Using my friend Steve in the photo for scale, you can see Campbells Run Falls is every bit of 25 feet tall.
On a sunny day you can catch a rainbow in the mist at the base of the falls.
And that ladder near the top of Campbells Run Falls?
Well, that’s the gateway to yet another Pine Creek Gorge adventure…and subject of a future write-up.
The Return Hike
The return hike back to your vehicle is a simple matter of retracing the 3/4 mile path from Campbell Run Falls to the parking lot.
There is one more easy-to-reach seasonal waterfall near the Tiadaghton parking area, and that one is located on a small unnamed tributary of Pine Creek just a few yards to the west.
An obvious user-created trail leads uphill, away from the Rail Trail to the base of this intermittent waterfall.
GPS coordinates for this seasonal waterfall are 41.64870, -77.45142.
If you happen to be visiting during a rainy period, you may indeed catch this one flowing reasonably well.
Tioga County is a region FULL of waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and other outdoor attractions.
Leonard Harrison State Park is home to fantastic views of the PA Grand Canyon.
It’s also home to the famous Turkey Path waterfalls trail.
Colton Point State Park, on the opposite side of the PA Grand Canyon, is also home to some outstanding overlooks and waterfall adventures.
Chimney Hollow Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Pine Creek Gorge, close to Colton Point State Park.
Further south in Tioga County, near Blackwell, you’ll find the Bohen Trail and Bohen Run Falls.
And for an easy sightseeing stroll, the Pine Creek Rail Trail near Blackwell offer a flat hike to a couple of fine waterfalls near Stone Quarry Run and Water Tank Hollow.
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