Pine Island Run Falls is an exceptional, multi-tiered waterfall located just off the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.
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.
One mile into your trip, you’ll pass Stone Quarry Run Falls.
Two miles into your trip, you’ll pass Water Tank Hollow Falls.
Three miles into your trip, you’ll pass Benjamin Hollow Falls.
Conveniently, all of these stream crossings that pass beneath the Pine Creek Rail Trail are marked with brown signposts.
So it would be next to impossible to miss this signpost and bridge when you finally reach Pine Island Run!
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.
If you like to navigate using GPS, use coordinates 41.61283, -77.40683 to get to Pine Island Run Falls.
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.
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!
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 details in the rocks around the upper tiers of Pine Island Run Falls remind me a lot of Miners Run in neighboring Lycoming County.
Counting all three tiers, Pine Island Run Falls probably tops out at between 40-50 feet tall.
And while you’re visiting Pine Island Run Falls, don’t forget to look up – the cliff walls are spectacular!
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.
Or you can turn around and head back to Blackwell, soaking up the scenery along the Pine Creek Rail Trail along the way.
Back near the trailhead, be sure to check out the Blackwell Community Church, built in 1892.
Still not convinced you need to explore Pine Island Run Falls?
Then check out this video!
Amphitheatre Falls is located near the Tiadaghton trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Sand Run Falls is located just east of Blackwell in Tioga County.
Chimney Hollow Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Tioga County.
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.
Bear Run is one of the most prolific waterfall streams in Tioga County.
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