Exploring Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County

Several of the tiers making up Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County.

Mill Creek Falls is a picturesque, cascading waterfall on an idyllic mountain stream in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County on a summer evening.
Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County on a summer evening.

Located on State Game Lands 42, it’s an easy 1/2 mile walk along 2 forest roads to reach the falls.

How to find MIll Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.
The trail leading to Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County.

As with any hike on State Game Lands, be sure to wear the required amount of blaze orange when hiking to Mill Creek Falls.

Early morning at Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42.
Early morning at Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42.

How to Find Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42

How to find Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.
Map to Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

  1. Turn off of Kissell Springs Road onto the Game Commission Road at the shooting range sign shown below.

    Entrance to the shooting range on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

  2. Proceed 0.3 miles to the shooting range parking area.

    Park here. GPS coordinates for the parking area: 40.23046, -79.14312.
    The Mill Creek Falls parking area at shooting range on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

  3. Follow the gated road immediately to the right of the shooting range (shown below) towards Mill Creek Falls.

    The gate at the Mill Creek Falls trail head on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

  4. Continue along the Game Commission Road for 700 yards

    The Mill Creek Falls Trail on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.

  5. Make a HARD LEFT onto Penrod Road, another forest road.

    Penrod Road is show here on the right, looking back towards the intersection.
    The intersection along the MIll Creek Falls TRail on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

  6. Pass an area of above-ground utilities as you make your way down Penrod Road alongside Mill Creek.

    Directions to Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County PA

  7. Arrive at Mill Creek Falls 200 yards past the utilities area along Penrod Road.

    GPS coordinates for Mill Creek Falls: 40.23139, -79.13739.Mill Creek Falls along Penrod Road in Westmoreland County PA.


Photographing Mill Creek Falls

No one tier of Mill Creek Falls is more than 4 feet tall.

The upper tier of Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.
The upper tier of Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

But when you view the tiers collectively from down steam, the falls are extremely photogenic.

Downstream view of Mill Creek Falls in the PA Laurel Highlands.
Downstream view of Mill Creek Falls in the PA Laurel Highlands.

The sunrise aligns well behind Mill Creek Falls, and doesn’t crest the mountains until nearly 2 hours after the “official” sunrise, meaning you can hike to the falls in full daylight and still catch the “sunrise” behind them.

Sunrise over Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.
Sunrise over Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

Mill Creek is not a large waterway, but even in drier conditions with less flow, Mill Creek Falls is still a pleasant scene to photograph and an enjoyable hike.

A summertime view of Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.
A summertime view of Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County

It’s hard to imagine a greener, “mossier” spot in western PA than Mill Creek Falls in mid-summer.

Mill Creek Falls surrounded by mossy rocks on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.
Mill Creek Falls surrounded by mossy rocks on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

Nearby Attractions

Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park is another easy-to-get-to waterfall in Westmoreland County, and only minutes from Mill Creek Falls.

Looking down on Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park after heavy spring rains.
Looking down on Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park after heavy spring rains.

Fort Ligonier in Westmoreland County is a historically accurate reproduction of a British fort originally constructed in 1758 during what would become known as the French and Indian War.

Historical reenactors staging an attack on Fort Ligonier.
Fort Ligonier in Westmoreland County.

Wolf Rocks offers sweeping views of Westmoreland County from a perch high above Linn Run State Park in the Forbes State Forest.

Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook.

Beam Rocks Overlook is another magnificent vista in the nearby Forbes State Forest.

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.

Spruce Flats Bog is a unique high-altitude bog located near the trailhead for the Wolf Rocks hike.

The partially frozen Spruce Flats Bog on top of the Laurel Summit in Westmoreland County, PA.
Spruce Flats Bog in Westmoreland County.

Shaffer Covered Bridge is located nearby in neighboring Somerset County, one of 10 historic covered bridges in this county.

Shaffer Covered Bridge in northern Somerset County PA
Shaffer Covered Bridge in the summer.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I was at this falls for the first time this Monday. I was there just after noon and the lighting was still nice (being slightly cloudy helped a lot). I’ll definitely be going back sometime.

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