Exploring Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest

View from the bottom of Lower Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Middle Branch Falls is a pair of impressive waterfalls along Camels Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Map to Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Map to Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Located 5 miles east of Hillsgrove in Sullivan County, Middle Branch Falls is a 5-10 minute hike from a parking area located at GPS coordinates 41.49313, -76.77249, right next to the bridge along Camels Road over the Middle Branch of Mill Creek.

Middle Branch Falls parking area along Camels Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Middle Branch Falls parking area along Camels Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The falls themselves are just a 5-10 minute hike downstream from the bridge.


Upper Middle Branch Falls

Upper Middle Branch Falls is a staircase-like waterfall that spills into a large copper-colored pool below.

Upper Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Upper Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The layered rock formations surrounding Upper Middle Branch Falls are equally interesting.

Upper Middle Branch Falls in Sullivan County Pennsylvania
Upper Middle Branch Falls in Sullivan County.

Standing with your back to Upper Middle Branch Falls, you can look out over the rocks forming the top of Lower Middle Branch Falls.

Looking out over the top of Lower Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Looking out over the top of Lower Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Lower Middle Branch Falls

Lower Middle Branch Falls is almost twice as tall as the upper falls.

Lower Middle Branch Falls near Hillsgrove Pennsylvania
Lower Middle Branch Falls near Hillsgrove.

As of May 2021, a large tree is laying across the bottom of Lower Middle Branch Falls.

Lower Middle Branch Falls in Sullivan County.
Lower Middle Branch Falls in Sullivan County.

That means if you want to get an unobstructed view, you’ve got to get up close to Lower Middle Branch Falls, somewhere in the streambed and in front of the tree.

Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Middle Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The view from up close is fantastic, but use an abundance of caution as the rocks are quite slippery.

Lower Middle Branch Falls along Camels Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Lower Middle Branch Falls along Camels Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Together, the one-two punch of Upper and Lower Middle Branch Falls makes this a rewarding spot to visit while exploring the Loyalsock State Forest.

If the photos don’t move you to the same conclusion, then check out this video!


Nearby Attractions

East Branch Falls is located just a few minutes drive away, right along Walker Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.

East Branch Falls near Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania.
East Branch Falls near Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Mill Creek Falls is a photogenic 12-foot tall waterfall located just off of Mill Creek Road near Hillsgrove.

Mill Creek Falls near Hillsgrove Pennsylvania.
Mill Creek Falls near Hillsgrove.

Dry Run Falls is another excellent roadside waterfall, located just east of Hillsgrove in the Loyalsock State Forest.

A summer view of Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.
A summer view of Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.

Angel Falls is located close by as well, and is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Summer at Angel Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Summer at Angel Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

Ketchum Run Falls is located off of High Knob Road, between Hillsgrove and Worlds End State Park, along the Ketchum Run Trail.

Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.
Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.

The 20 Best Things to Do at Worlds End State Park will give you the lowdown on the must-see destinations at this popular Sullivan County attraction.

View of Worlds End State Park office from High Rock Overlook
High Rock Overlook at Worlds End State Park.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Was at Middle Branch and East Branch and last week, is there a way to get to the bottom of the Middle Branch if you go down the left side of the stream and then circle around and down the small hilltop on the left side to the bottom to get around that fallen tree, the right side did not look to inviting to get to the bottom.

    • When facing the falls, I come down the right side. The left side, when facing the falls, looks too steep to attempt.

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