Exploring Little Shickshinny Falls in Luzerne County

Little Shickshinny Falls on State Game Lands 260 in Luzerne County Pennsylvania

Little Shickshinny Falls is a beautiful 25-foot tall waterfall located on State Game Lands 260 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Little Shickshinny Falls FAQs

Where exactly is Little Shickshinny Falls located?

Little Shickshinny Falls is located 1.25 miles east of the town of Shickshinny, which in turn is located on the banks of the Susquehanna River along Route 11 in Luzerne County.
A map to Little Shickshinny Falls on State Game Lands 260.

Can I navigate to the parking area for Little Shickshinny Falls by GPS?

Yes – use GPS coordinates 41.14796, -76.16981 to navigate to the gravel State Game Lands parking lot along Shickshinny Valley Road.
Parking area for Little Shickshinny Falls Trail on State Game Lands 260

Where is the trail head for the Little Shickshinny Falls Trail?

The trail head is located at a wooden Game Commission gate a few yards to the west of the parking lot. IMPORTANT NOTE: The trail head IS NOT at the metal gate at the rear of the parking lot – that trail will lead you east, AWAY from Little Shickshinny Falls.
Location of the Little Shickshinny Falls Trail head in relation to the parking area.

How far is the hike to Little Shickshinny Falls?

Short – approximately 300 yards along an old forest road.
The Little Shickshinny Falls Trail.

Can I navigate to Little Shickshinny Falls by GPS?

Yes – the GPS coordinates for Little Shickshinny Falls are 41.14883, -76.17280, although the trail / old forest road leads you directly to the top of the falls.
Little Shickshinny Falls on a sunny afternoon.

How do I get to the bottom of Little Shickshinny Falls?

An obvious, narrow footpath leads down the slope to the bottom of the falls, and a rope attached to a tree acts as a handrail of sorts. However, I have no idea who placed the rope there or how long ago, so ATTEMPT THIS STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK!
A trailside rope near Little Shickshinny Falls.

How big is Little Shickshinny Falls?

Approximately 25 feet tall, and approximately 15 feet wide at the bottom.
Little Shickshinny Falls in Luzerne County.

What else is there to see at Little Shickshinny Falls?

A man-made dam just a few yards upstream from Little Shickshinny Falls is a very photogenic spot as well.
Dam above Little Shickshinny Falls.


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Nearby Attractions

The Falls Trail at Ricketts Glenn State Park is arguably the most famous waterfall hike in Pennsylvania, and also happens to be located in Luzerne County.

Wyandot Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park in PA
Wyandot Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park

Concrete City is an abandoned industrial housing complex consisting of 20 concrete duplexes, located in Luzerne County, near Nanticoke.

The row of homes that make up the western edge of Concrete City.
The row of homes that make up the western edge of Concrete City.

Nay Aug Falls is a rarity in Pennsylvania, in that it is located in and owned by the city of Scranton.

Nay Aug Falls on Roaring Brook in Lackawanna County
Nay Aug Falls on Roaring Brook in Lackawanna County.

Hickory Run State Park in nearby Carbon County is home to many impressive sights, including Hawk Falls.

Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania
Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania

Tobyhanna Falls is located in nearby Monroe County in the Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area.

Tobyhanna Falls Pennsylvania
Tobyhanna Falls in Monroe County.

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