Exploring Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest

A downstream view of Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.
A downstream view of Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.

Dutchman Falls (not to be confused with Dutchmans Run Falls) is a magnificent 27 foot tall, two-tiered waterfall located near the eastern terminus of the Loyalsock Trail.

And while the hike to the falls is relatively short (0.3 miles one-way), it is steep in places and confusing to some folks.

So my purpose here is to show you exactly how to find and explore Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.


Getting There

How to Find Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest

  1. Turn off of Route 220 onto Mead Road, approximately 0.86 miles north of the Loyalsock State Forest HQ along Route 220.

    GPS coordinates for Mead Road / Route 220 intersection: 41.44523, -76.45217 A map to Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

  2. Procede uphill to the parking area on the right hand side of the road.

    Dutchman Falls parking area.

  3. Walk to the back of the parking area (behind restrooms) and the Loyalsock Trailhead.

    Loyalsock Trail eastern terminus near Dutchman Falls.

  4. Hike downhill 0.2 miles on the Loyalsock Trail until you come to the old Williamsport and North Branch railroad bed.

    At the bottom of the hill you will see this sign (pictured below) on the railroad bed.Haystacks sign along the Loyalsock Trail near Dutchman Falls.

  5. Turn right and follow the blue-blazed Dutchman Falls Spur Trail 50 yards along the railbed and across Dutchman Run.

    The Dutchman Falls Spur trail off the Loyalsock Trail.

  6. Once across Dutchman Run, turn left into the forest and follow the trail to the base of Dutchman Falls.

    The blue-blazed Dutchman Falls Spur Trail.

  7. Arrive at the base of Dutchman Falls, 0.3 miles from the parking area.
    GPS coordinates for Dutchman Falls: 41.45014, -76.45085

    Dutchman Falls in the winter.


Exploring Dutchman Falls

Dutchman Falls on a summer day in Sullivan County.
Dutchman Falls on a summer day in Sullivan County.

My preferred method of exploring Dutchman Falls is to start at the bottom, cross Dutchman Run, and then explore the top tier of the falls on the way back up towards the rail bed.

The 20-foot tall bottom tier is quite majestic as the water sheets off the varied rock faces above.

Dutchman Falls in the summer.
Dutchman Falls in the summer.

From downstream, with your back to Loyalsock Creek, you can incorporate some of the small water features on Dutchman Run into your photo.

A downstream view of Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A downstream view of Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

And of course Loyalsock Creek is worthy of some photos from this angle as well.

Dutchman Run spilling into Loyalsock Creek.
Dutchman Run spilling into Loyalsock Creek.

Microspikes are definitely a must if you wish to get down to this vantage point safely in the winter.

Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.
Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.

Crossing over Dutchman Run below the bottom tier, I then pick my way up the right side towards the upper tier of Dutchman Falls.

Ice around the upper tier of Dutchman Falls.
Ice around the upper tier of Dutchman Falls.

The upper tier is approximately 7 feet tall and easily twice as wide.

The upper tier of Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.
The upper tier of Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.

The water is shallow enough right below the upper tier to allow for easy back and forth stream crossings.

The upper tier of Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest
The upper tier of Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest

Once I’ve seen enough of the upper tier of Dutchman Falls, I make my way back uphill, sometimes stopping off at the railroad bridge upstream. The stonework here is quite impressive.

Old railroad tunnel beneath the Loyalsock Trail, near Dutchman Falls.
Old railroad bridge near Dutchman Falls.

To complete the hike, simply climb up to the railbed and follow the Loyalsock Trail back up to the parking area.


Final Thoughts

Dutchman Falls is a short hike, but I wouldn’t call it an easy hike.

Getting to the very bottom can be challenging, especially in the winter.

A side view of Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.
A side view of Dutchman Falls in Sullivan County.

Having said that, the payoff is enormous!

So even if you only do it once in your lifetime, make it a point to visit Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest!


Nearby Attractions

Dutchman Falls is just minutes from nearby Worlds End State Park, the epicenter of an incredible 8 waterfall tour I put together in my Worlds End State Park Waterfall Guide!

A map of the waterfalls in and around Worlds End State Park.
A map of the waterfalls in and around Worlds End State Park.

The guide will give you maps and detailed directions to all 8 waterfalls shown on the map above – be sure to check it out!

A springtime scene at High Rock Falls in Worlds End State Park.
High Rock Falls in Worlds End State Park.

Looking to stay in the Loyalsock State Forest but venture a little further?

Dry Run Falls is a fantastic roadside waterfall not too far away.

Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Looking to rack-up a few miles on the Loyalsock Trail?

Then check out the waterfalls along Ketchum Run, as the LT runs parallel to that stream past several picturesque spots, including Lee’s Falls shown below.

A summer view of Lee's Falls on Ketchum Run.
A summer view of Lee’s Falls on Ketchum Run.

Looking to go off-trail in the Loyalsock State Forest for a bit?

Then the waterfalls on Dutters Run are calling your name!

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

Still not convinced you need to see Dutchman Falls?

Then check out this video!


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