Exploring Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County

The author at Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County PA
The author at Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County

Deep Hollow Falls on State Game Lands 36 in Bradford County just may be the prettiest waterfall you’ve never heard of!

Approaching Deep Hollow Falls on State Game Lands 36.
Approaching Deep Hollow Falls on State Game Lands 36.

While much larger, nearby waterfalls such as Bradford Falls get all the glory, Deep Hollow Falls is an impressive, albeit smaller, specimen in its own right.

Bradford Falls running high after heavy spring rains.
Bradford Falls running high after heavy spring rains.

Located a mere 250 yards from a Game Commission parking area, Deep Hollow Falls makes for a outstanding quick hike in a picturesque setting.


How to Find Deep Hollow Falls

Deep Hollow Falls is located just off of Deep Hollow Road on State Game Lands 36.

As with any hike on State Game Lands, be sure to observe the PA Game Commission’s blaze orange clothing requirements relevant to the time of year you are visiting.

How to find Deep Hollow Falls on State Game Lands 36 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
A map to Deep Hollow Falls on State Game Lands 36 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

An obvious, marked parking area can be found along Deep Hollow Road at GPS coordinates 41.64698, -76.52013.

Deep Hollow Falls parking on State Game Lands 36 in Bradford County Pennsylvania.
Deep Hollow Falls parking on State Game Lands 36 in Bradford County

Just look for this sign along the road, directly across from the Deep Hollow Falls Trail.

state Game Lands 36 sign in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
State Game Lands 36 sign in Bradford County.

From the parking area, cross the road and look for the obvious, unblazed user trail going up the left side of the stream.

The Deep Hollow Falls Trail in Bradford County Pennsylvania.
The Deep Hollow Falls Trail in Bradford County.

Lower Deep Hollow Falls

Follow the trail 200 yards upstream, and you’ll at first encounter a smaller waterfall (one I’m calling Lower Deep Hollow Falls for the purposes of this write-up), with the taller Deep Hollow Falls visible in the background.

Lower Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County PA
Lower Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County.

The stream is small enough and shallow enough that you can carefully cross back and forth over it to photograph Lower Deep Hollow Falls from different angles if you so desire.

Lower Deep Hollow Falls on State Game Lands 36.
Lower Deep Hollow Falls on State Game Lands 36.

Deep Hollow Falls

Continue up the left side of the stream to the base of Deep Hollow Falls.

Along the way, you’ll see remnants of stacked-stone retaining walls, indicating that at some point in the distant past a rail or road bed extended up to Deep Hollow Falls as well.

Retaining wall along the Deep Hollow Falls TRail in Bradford County Pennsylvania
Retaining wall along the Deep Hollow Falls TRail in Bradford County

Deep Hollow Falls stands approximately 20 feet tall, and is surrounded by imposing walls of rock.

If navigating by GPS, you’ll find Deep Hollow Falls at coordinates 41.64705, -76.51751.

Deep Hollow Falls on a spring morning after heavy rain.
Deep Hollow Falls on a spring morning after heavy rain.

Numerous smaller cascades populate the foreground in front of Deep Hollow Falls, making this a waterfall photographer’s dream!

Deep Hollow Falls is 250 yards upstream from Deep Hollow Road in Bradford County.
Deep Hollow Falls is 250 yards upstream from Deep Hollow Road in Bradford County.

The verdant greens of springtime certainly add to the fairytale-like setting at Deep Hollow Falls.

Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County is approximately 20 feet tall.
Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County is approximately 20 feet tall.

Being that this is a small stream, it’s best to try and catch Deep Hollow Falls after a heavy rain event, or after the spring thaw.

And if you do, prepare to be wowed!

Close-up of Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County PA
Close-up of Deep Hollow Falls in Bradford County

Still not convinced you need to visit Deep Hollow Falls?

Then check out this video!


Nearby Attractions

As mentioned earlier, the nearby Bradford Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile out-and-back hike to three fantastic waterfalls, including 70′ Bradford Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Pennsylvania!

Approaching the 70 foot-tall Bradford Falls on State Game Lands 36.
Approaching the 70 foot-tall Bradford Falls on State Game Lands 36.

Thomas Run Falls is yet another outstanding Bradford County waterfall, located on State Game Lands 12 near the ghost town of Laquin.

Thomas Run Falls on a spring morning in Bradford County Pennsylvania.
Thomas Run Falls on a spring morning in Bradford County

If you’re looking for something a little less adventurous, the breathtaking Holcomb Falls in Bradford County is literally roadside along Leroy Mountain Road.

Springtime at Holcomb Falls in Bradford County Pennsylvania.
Springtime at Holcomb Falls in Bradford County.

If you’re looking for something MORE adventurous, check out my McIntyre Wild Area Waterfalls Guide, with directions to more than a dozen off-trail waterfalls in nearby Lycoming County.

Fall foliage along Miners Run in the McIntyre Wild Area
The author at Miners Run in the McIntyre Wild Area.

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Hiker at Burdic Run Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania
Triumphant hiker at Burdic Run Falls in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

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A photographer takes in the scene at Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
A photographer takes in the scene at Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

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