Exploring Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County

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Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania on a summer morning.

Rosecrans Falls is an exquisite 20-foot tall waterfall located just off of Route 80 near Loganton, Clinton County.

Rosecrans Falls is situated on land owned by the Lock Haven Water Authority, but managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania on a foggy summer morning.
Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County, Pennsylvania on a foggy summer morning.

As such, the typical State Game Lands rules apply – hiking and hunting are permitted, and you should wear an article of blaze orange clothing if visiting during hunting season.


How to Find Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County

From the Loganton exit of Route 80, you’ll head north on Route 477, hang a right on Brungard Road, and then another right on Spruce Run Road.

How to Find Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania
How to Find Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania

Park near the intersection of Spruce Run Road and Nittany Ridge Road (a State Forest Road).

GPS coordinates for the parking area are 41.07409, -77.32858.

Nittany Ridge Road sign near Rosecrans Falls parking area.
Nittany Ridge Road sign near Rosecrans Falls parking area.

Total distance from Route 80 exit to the parking area is 2.6 miles.

DO NOT block the gated roads near the intersection when you park!


Hiking to Rosecrans Falls

The hike from the parking area to Rosecrans Falls is approximately 0.3 miles along the small unnamed stream that the waterfall resides on.

Map to Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania
Map to Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania

You’ll see on the map above that there is a small, landlocked parcel of private land near Rosecrans Falls.

Be sure to hike in on the left side of the stream to avoid trespassing.

An easy landmark on where to start your hike is this sign.

Public Access sign at Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County.
Public Access sign at Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County.

Stay to the left of this sign, descend the bank of the stream, and cross over to the left side of stream as soon as feasible.

The stream is narrow and shallow at this point, so rock-hopping across it is an easy affair.

From the left side, simply follow the stream towards the falls, hiking through a mostly-open hemlock forest.


Viewing Rosecrans Falls

Find a spot where you feel most comfortable descending the bank to get below Rosecrans Falls, for the best views and photos.

GPS coordinates for Rosecrans Falls are 41.07554, -77.32358.

Rosecrans Falls near Loganton Clinton County on a summer morning.
Rosecrans Falls near Loganton, Clinton County on a summer morning.

I’ve visited this waterfall in all seasons, and I enjoy comparing photos from the same angle taken in summer and winter.

Summer…

Rosecrans Falls on a summer afternoon.
Rosecrans Falls on a summer afternoon.

Winter…

Rosecrans Falls in Pennsylvania on a winter morning.
Rosecrans Falls in Pennsylvania on a winter morning.

Summer…

Rosecrans Falls Pennsylvania on a summer morning.
Rosecrans Falls Pennsylvania on a summer morning.

Winter…

Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County on a winter morning.
Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County on a winter morning.

Winter in particular is probably my favorite season to visit, simply because of the intricate ice formations that come to life when the temperatures drop at Rosecrans Falls.

Ice formations around Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
Ice formations around Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

Sometimes the snow and ice form giant sheets around and over the falls.

Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania on a winter afternoon.
Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County, Pennsylvania on a winter afternoon.

Viewing McElhattan Falls

Unless you hiked in with blinders on, you’ll also notice another waterfall off to the side of Rosecrans Falls.

McElhattan Falls in Clinton County PA
McElhattan Falls in Clinton County PA

This is known as McElhattan Falls, and it is located on the landlocked parcel of private land I referred to earlier (look back at the map if need be).

So while you can VIEW McElhattan Falls from the land managed by the Game Commission, you cannot CLIMB on McElhattan Falls or stand at the base.

McElhattan Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania
McElhattan Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania

Honesty, I think the best photos of McElhattan Falls are to be had from a distance anyway, so please DO NOT TRESPASS on the private parcel of land.

When you’ve finished up visiting and/or photographing the falls, simply backtrack to the parking area.



Nearby Attractions

Located on the opposite side of Clinton County, Round Island Run Falls is located in a remote corner of the Sproul State Forest.

A view of Round Island Run Falls from downstream in early spring.
A view of Round Island Run Falls from downstream in early spring.

Located near the Clinton / Centre county line, Yost Run Falls is located along the Chuck Keiper Trail in the Sproul State Forest.

The author at Yost Run Falls on a spring day.
The author at Yost Run Falls on a spring day.

Located just downstream from Yost Run Falls, Kyler Fork Falls is another gem of a waterfall in the Sproul State Forest.

High water at Kyler Fork Falls.
High water at Kyler Fork Falls in the Sproul State Forest.

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