Exploring Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County

Pine Island Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest.

Pine Island Run Falls is an exceptional, multi-tiered waterfall located just off the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.

The author at Pine Island Run Falls in the PA Grand Canyon.
The author at Pine Island Run Falls in the PA Grand Canyon.

How to Find Pine Island Run Falls

Located 4 miles north of the Blackwell trail head of the Pine Creek Rail Trail, the easiest way to reach Pine Island Run Falls is simply to ride your bike out from Blackwell to the Pine Island Run stream crossing, and then make the 5 minute hike upstream to the falls.

The Blackwell trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.
The Blackwell trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.

One mile into your trip, you’ll pass Stone Quarry Run Falls.

Stone Quarry Run Falls in mid-March 2019.
Stone Quarry Run Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Two miles into your trip, you’ll pass Water Tank Hollow Falls.

Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in the PA Grand Canyon.
Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in the PA Grand Canyon.

Three miles into your trip, you’ll pass Benjamin Hollow Falls.

Benjamin Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County Pennsylvania
Benjamin Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.

Conveniently, all of these stream crossings that pass beneath the Pine Creek Rail Trail are marked with brown signposts.

A map to Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania
A map to Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County.

So it would be next to impossible to miss this signpost and bridge when you finally reach Pine Island Run!

Pine Island Run Bridge along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Pine Island Run Bridge along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

A rather nondescript trail leads up the left side of Pine Island Run, and the falls are just around the bend in the stream, approximately 300 yards upstream from the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Pine Island Run Falls Trail near the Pine CReek Rail Trail.
Pine Island Run Falls Trail near the Pine CReek Rail Trail.

If you like to navigate using GPS, use coordinates 41.61283, -77.40683 to get to Pine Island Run Falls.

First view of Pine Island Run Falls as you approach from the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
First view of Pine Island Run Falls as you approach from the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Exploring Pine Island Run Falls

There are several distinct tiers to Pine Island Run Falls.

The largest, both in height and width, is the bottom tier.

Downstream view of Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County.
Downstream view of Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County.

The upper tiers are harder to see from below, as the waterfall wraps back around to the right.

The trail continues up the left side of the falls, but is certainly steeper than the initial trail to the lower tier – proceed at your own risk!

Trail leading to the upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest,
Trail leading to the upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest,

If you do choose to hike to the upper tiers, you’ll be rewarded with an outstanding view of where Pine Island Run has sliced through and reshaped the rock formations over time.

The upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County.
The upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County.

The details in the rocks around the upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls remind me a lot of Miners Run in neighboring Lycoming County.

Rock formations around the upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County.
Rock formations around the upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls in Tioga County.

Counting all three tiers, Pine Island Run Falls probably tops out at between 40-50 feet tall.

Pine Island Run Falls near the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Pine Island Run Falls near the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

And while you’re visiting Pine Island Run Falls, don’t forget to look up – the cliff walls are spectacular!

Cliffs above Pine Island Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest.
Cliffs above Pine Island Run Falls in the Tioga State Forest.

If you’re looking to continue your waterfall explorations after visiting Pine Island Run Falls, you’ll find Campells Run Falls four miles further north on the Pine Creek Rail Trail, near the Tiadaghton trailhead.

Campbells Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge
Campbells Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge near Tiadaghton.

Or you can turn around and head back to Blackwell, soaking up the scenery along the Pine Creek Rail Trail along the way.

The Pine Creek Rail Trail, facing south towards Blackwell.
The Pine Creek Rail Trail, facing south towards Blackwell.

Back near the trailhead, be sure to check out the Blackwell Community Church, built in 1892.

The Blackwell Community Church in Tioga County Pennsylvania.
The Blackwell Community Church in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Still not convinced you need to explore Pine Island Run Falls?

Then check out this video!


Nearby Attractions

Amphitheatre Falls is located near the Tiadaghton trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

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

Sand Run Falls is located just east of Blackwell in Tioga County.

Rusty Glessner at Sand Run Falls along the Mid State Trail
The author at Sand Run Falls in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Chimney Hollow Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Tioga County.

The author at Chimney Hollow Falls in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Bohen Run Falls is located on the opposite side of Pine Creek, but accessed from the same Blackwell parking area as Pine Island Run Falls.

The author at Bohen Run Falls.
The author at Bohen Run Falls in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Bear Run is one of the most prolific waterfall streams in Tioga County.

Rusty Glessner at Lower Bear Run Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania
The author at Lower Bear Run Falls in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

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