Exploring Hippie Shower Falls in Fayette County

The sunsetting behind Hippie Shower Falls along the Great Allegheny Passage in Fayette County.

Hippie Shower Falls may be the most oddly-named waterfall in Pennsylvania!

Located between mile markers 85 and 86 along the Great Allegheny Passage, this Fayette County waterfall does indeed seem a welcoming spot for forest-bathing flower children to bask in Nature’s glory!

Looking at Hippie Shower Falls from the Great Allegheny Passage in the Laurel Highlands.
Looking at Hippie Shower Falls from the Great Allegheny Passage in the Laurel Highlands.

So how do you find and experience Hippie Shower Falls for yourself?

Read on as I show you not only how to find it, but several other interesting historic sites along the way.


Hippie Shower Falls FAQs

Where exactly is Hippie Shower Falls?

Hippie Shower Falls is located alongside the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail in Fayette County, between mile markers 85 and 86. A small bench sits next to the trail, directly in front of the falls.
Bench along the Great Allegheny Passage in front of Hippie Shower Falls.

Can I navigate to Hippie Shower Falls using GPS?

Yes – Hippie Shower Falls is located at GPS coordinates 39.98381, -79.58977 along the Great Allegheny Passage, on property owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Hippie Shower Falls along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Where do I park to hike/bike to Hippie Shower Falls?

There are 2 parking areas relatively close to Hippie Shower Falls.
The closest, if you are looking just to get to the falls as quickly as possible, is located 0.4 miles north of Hippie Shower Falls at GPS coordinates 39.98917, -79.59367 along Riverside Drive.
If you are looking for a longer walk or bike ride, park at the main Great Allegheny Passage parking lot along North 1st Street in Connellsville at GPS coordinates 40.02088, -79.59705 and hike/bike 2.7 miles to Hippie Shower Falls.

Directions to Hippie Shower Falls near Connellsville Pennsylvania.

Is the trail to Hippie Shower Falls difficult to hike/bike?

No – the section closest to Connellsville is paved, and the section closer to the falls is a hard packed stone and dirt surface. All sections are essentially flat, with occasional (and very slight) up and down undulations.
The Great Allegheny Passage near Hippie Shower Falls.

What else is there to see near Hippie Shower Falls?

There are two historic railroad bridges along the Great Allegheny Passage near mile marker 86, as well as great views of the Youghiogheny River along most of the trip out from Connellsville.
A summer afternoon at Bowest Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage near Connellsville.

Can you really take a shower at Hippie Shower Falls?

You can certainly stand under or behind (pictured below) Hippie Shower Falls.
Standing behind Hippie Shower Falls near Connellsville PA


The Trail from Connellsville to Hippie Shower Falls

If time isn’t a factor and you have the ability to hike / bike the roughly 5.5 mile round-trip, I highly recommend parking in Connellsville and traversing the trail out to Hippie Shower Falls.

Why?

Simply because there is a lot to see along this short stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage!

The Great Allegheny Passage in Connellsville.
The Great Allegheny Passage in Connellsville.

Starting in Connellsville, the Great Allegheny Passage runs alongside an industrial area with some great murals along the way.

Murals along the Great Allegheny Passage in Connellsville.
Murals along the Great Allegheny Passage in Connellsville.

About 1.5 miles into the trip out from Connellsville, you’ll encounter the 731 foot-long Greenwood Bridge, also known as the Dunbar Creek Viaduct.

The Greenwood Bridge, also known as the Dunbar Viaduct.
The Greenwood Bridge, also known as the Dunbar Creek Viaduct.

This curved bridge spans Dunbar Creek and was built by the Western Maryland Railroad in 1912, then redecked for bicycle and foot traffic in 1994.

The Greenwood Bridge between Connellsville and Hippie Shower Falls.
The Greenwood Bridge between Connellsville and Hippie Shower Falls.

A third of a mile past the Greenwood Bridge you’ll encounter the Bowest Bridge, named after the Western Maryland Railroad’s nearby Bowest rail yard.

Bowest Bridge at mile marker 86 along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Bowest Bridge at mile marker 86 along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Bowest Bridge is nearly 732 feet long and spans another railroad track below.

Bowest Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage passing over railroad tracks near Connellsville.
Bowest Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage passing over railroad tracks near Connellsville.

Bowest Bridge is also the junction point between the Great Allegheny Passage and the Sheepskin Trail, the latter of which originates in nearby Dunbar.

Bowest Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage near Hippie Shower Falls.
Bowest Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage near Hippie Shower Falls.

Continuing southeast another 0.7 miles from Bowest Bridge and you’ll be standing directly in front of Hippie Shower Falls.

Fall foliage around Hippie Shower Falls.
Fall foliage around Hippie Shower Falls.

Exploring Hippie Shower Falls

Certainly Hippie Shower Falls in not the largest or most powerful waterfall you’ll ever encounter.

The small, unnamed stream on which it lies rarely carries a lot of water, and the falls typically flow about as well as your shower at home, and sometimes not even that well!

Hippie Shower Falls in the summer.
Hippie Shower Falls in the summer.

Nevertheless, this is a picturesque little waterfall, and quite colorful when decked out in October’s foliage.

Hippie Shower Falls in October.
Hippie Shower Falls in October.

And as mentioned previously, you can indeed stand under or behind Hippie Shower Falls, although it can be deceptively slippery so use caution if you try this.

The view from behind Hippie Shower Falls near Connellsville PA
The view from behind Hippie Shower Falls near Connellsville PA

Once you’ve had your fill of Hippie Shower Falls, simply retrace you tracks back along the Great Allegheny Passage, across the old railroad bridges, and into downtown Connellsville.

Bowest Bridge near Hippie Shower Falls.
Bowest Bridge near Hippie Shower Falls.

Nearby Attractions

You may have noticed two other waterfalls mentioned on the map at the beginning of this article.

East Park Falls is located in a charming little park in the heart of Connellsville.

East Park Falls Connellsville PA Fayette County
East Park Falls in Connellsville, PA.

Robinson Falls lies along the outskirts of Connellsville, and is rumored to have been a campsite of George Washington during the French and Indian War!

Robinson Falls in Connellsville PA
Robinson Falls in Connellsville PA

Ohiopyle State Park is located just down the road in Fayette County, and is home to at least 10 must-see waterfalls.

Vibrant fall foliage at Cucumber Falls.
Vibrant fall foliage surrounding Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

And of course the most famous house in all of western Pennsylvania, Fallingwater, is located 13 miles to the south of Connellsville, along Route 381 in Fayette County.

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
Fallingwater as seen from the “Classic View” on the Visitor Center map.

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