Exploring Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County

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Campbells Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge Tioga County Pennsylvania

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.

Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton Pennsylvania
Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton, Pennsylvania

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

How to find Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania
A map to 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).

A close-up map of the Campbells Run Falls hike in Tioga County.
A close-up map of the Campbells Run Falls hike in Tioga County.

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.

Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in Tioga County Pennsylvania
Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in Tioga County

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.

Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in Tiadaghton PA
Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in Tiadaghton PA

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.

Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in Tioga County PA
Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in Tioga County PA

Heading up this unnamed stream gorge via a steep scramble on the right side, another 15 footer awaits.

Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in the PA Grand Canyon
Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in the PA Grand Canyon

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.

Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in the Pine Creek Gorge of Pennsylvania
Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in the Pine Creek Gorge.

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.

Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Campbells Run in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

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 near Tiadaghton PA in Tioga County
The author at Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton

Campbells Run Falls is a textbook-perfect beauty.

Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania
Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania

Using my friend Steve in the photo for scale, you can see Campbells Run Falls is every bit of 25 feet tall.

Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton PA
Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton PA

On a sunny day you can catch a rainbow in the mist at the base of the falls.

A rainbow at Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania
A rainbow at Campbells Run Falls in Tioga County

And that ladder near the top of Campbells Run Falls?

Campbells Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge
Campbells Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge

Well, that’s the gateway to Amphitheatre Falls!

Fall foliage at Amphitheater Falls in Tioga County, PA
Fall foliage at Amphitheater Falls in Tioga County, PA

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.

A map to the seasonal falls near the Tiadaghton parking area along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
A map to the seasonal falls near the Tiadaghton parking area along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

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.

Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Pine Creek in Tiadaghton Pennsylvania
Waterfall on an unnamed tributary of Pine Creek in Tiadaghton Pennsylvania

If you happen to be visiting during a rainy period, you may indeed catch this one flowing reasonably well.


Nearby Attractions

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.

View near the Turkey Path trailhead at Leonard Harrison State Park
View near the Turkey Path trailhead at Leonard Harrison State Park

It’s also home to the famous Turkey Path waterfalls trail.

Fourth Falls along the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park.
Fourth Falls along the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park.

Colton Point State Park, on the opposite side of the PA Grand Canyon, is also home to some outstanding overlooks and waterfall adventures.

Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park
Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park

Chimney Hollow Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Pine Creek Gorge, close to Colton Point State Park.

Steve standing on Chimney Hollow Falls, for a sense of scale.
Steve standing on Chimney Hollow Falls, for a sense of scale.

Further south in Tioga County, near Blackwell, you’ll find the Bohen Trail and Bohen Run Falls.

The author at Bohen Run Falls.
The author at 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.

Stone Quarry Run Falls in mid-March 2019.
Stone Quarry Run Falls near Blackwell, Tioga County.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for doing this. I visited Campbells Run falls earlier this week and your site was very helpful in finding it. One suggestion for the early part of your directions. I would mention that when you reach the end of Tiadaghton Rd and turn onto the Pine Creek Rail Trail and drive to the parking area, you drive over Campbell Run and past the two cabins you mention. Knowing this would make it very easy to find when you walk back from the parking area.

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