Exploring Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County

How to find Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania.

Fall Brook Falls in the Tioga State Forest is a pair of easy-to-reach waterfalls in eastern Tioga County.

A map to Fall Brook Falls along River Road in Tioga County Pennsylvania.
A map to Fall Brook Falls near River Road in Tioga County.

Just a 5 minute walk from a parking area along River Road, Fall Brook Falls are located near the coal mining ghost town of Fall Brook, the only reminders of which are the acid mine treatment ponds located near the falls (see satellite image above).


How to Find Fall Brook Falls

The parking area for the Fall Brook Falls hike is located at GPS coordinates 41.67900, -76.98945, along River Road and just west of the large acid mine treatment ponds along the same road.

The Fall Brook Falls parking area along River Road in Tioga County.
The Fall Brook Falls parking area along River Road in Tioga County.

The trail begins at a gated State Forest road next to a water extraction site.

Gate at the Fall Brook Falls trailhead along River Road in Tioga County.
Gate at the Fall Brook Falls trailhead along River Road in Tioga County.

Follow the forest road past the water extraction site and across an old stone bridge (pictured below).

Old stone bridge along the Fall Brook Falls Trail in Tioga County.
Old stone bridge along the Fall Brook Falls Trail in Tioga County.

Once across the bridge, the trail veers left towards the stream, and after 5 minutes of walking you’ll see the metal railings above the falls.

Railing along Fall Brook Falls Trail next to the waterfalls themselves.
Railing along Fall Brook Falls Trail next to the waterfalls themselves.

Upper Fall Brook Falls

Upper Fall Brook Falls is in the neighborhood of 10-12 feet tall and probably twice as wide.

Railing next to Upper Fall Brook Falls in the Tioga State Forest.
Railing next to Upper Fall Brook Falls in the Tioga State Forest.

A small rock outcropping next to the railing gives you a nice wantage point to observe Upper Fall Brook Falls without descending to stream-level.

Upper Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania.
Upper Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County.

Lower Fall Brook Falls

Just a few paces from the Upper Fall Brook Falls overlook, Lower Fall Brook Falls comes into view below you.

View of Lower Fall Brook Falls from the trail immediately above it.
View of Lower Fall Brook Falls from the trail immediately above it.

While you certainly can see and hear Lower Fall Brook Falls from this vantage point, the best views of it are to be had from stream level.

Stream-level view of Lower Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania.
Stream-level view of Lower Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County.

To reach this vantage point, continue hiking downstream along the trail another 200 yards, where the trail will veer downhill and even further to the left, towards the streambed.

The Fall Brook Falls Trail descending towards the stream, downstream from the falls.
The Fall Brook Falls Trail descending towards the stream, downstream from the falls.

From the streambed, simply hike back up the left side of the stream (when facing upstream) to the base of the falls.

Hiking to Lower Fall Brook Falls on a summer morning in Tioga County PA
Hiking to Lower Fall Brook Falls on a summer morning in Tioga County.

Lower Fall Brook Falls has more of the “classic” waterfall drop and photographs better than Upper Fall Brook Falls, in my opinion.

High flow at Lower Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania.
High flow at Lower Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County

The falls are also surrounded by some impressive rock formations.

Rock formations around Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County.
Rock formations around Fall Brook Falls in Tioga County.

At maybe 10 feet tall, Lower Fall Brook Falls is FAR from the tallest waterfall you’ll encounter in Tioga County, but it certainly is a picturesque spot!

Approaching Lower Fall Brook Falls from downstream in the Tioga State Forest.
Lower Fall Brook Falls as viewed from downstream in the Tioga State Forest.

When you’ve had your fill of the pair of waterfalls on Fall Brook, simply backtrack to the parking lot along River Road.

The Fall Brook Falls Trail in Tioga County above the waterfalls themselves.
The Fall Brook Falls Trail in Tioga County.

Still not convinced you need to visit Fall Brook Falls?

Then check out this video!


Nearby Attractions

15 miles east of Fall Brook Falls, you’ll find a cluster of 6 magnificent waterfalls in Bradford County.

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

10 miles west of Fall Brook Falls, you’ll find Sand Run Falls, along with a few smaller waterfalls as well.

Sand Run Falls in Tioga County PA
Sand Run Falls in Tioga County, PA.

11 miles south of Fall Brook Falls, you’ll find the McIntyre Wild Area in Lycoming County, home to more than a dozen incredible waterfalls, scattered amongst a handful of magnificent mountain streams.

Summer view of the fifth waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
The author and his daughter at the fifth waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to waterfalls in the PA Grand Canyon region, then be sure to check out “35 Must-See Waterfalls in Tioga County”.

Rusty Glessner at Amphitheater Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania
The author at Amphitheater Falls in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Your instructions, photos and directions are right on and so very helpful. Thank you for sharing. My husband and I did the falls trail in early June . I am 78 years old. THE trail would have been much more enjoyable had I known of it 10 yrs. ago. But I made it all the way. D R Austin

  2. We have a cabin right over the border in Armenia township, Bradford county. For years we would take the kids (they’re grown up now!) And wear old sneakers, starting at near the parking lot and actually hike in the water down the waterfalls. Obviously you have to be smart about it. There is one part where you actually have to swim. Also parts where you have to climb down rocks. Absolutely a great experience. We then simply hiked up through the woods back to the parking lot.

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