Exploring Springfield Falls in Mercer County

Exploring Springfield Falls in Mercer County Pennsylvania.

Springfield Falls is a beautiful roadside waterfall in Mercer County, PA.

Downstream view of Springfield Falls on Hunter's Run in Mercer County Pennsylvania.
Downstream view of Springfield Falls on Hunter’s Run.

Standing 20 feet tall and close to 40 feet wide, Springfield Falls spans the entire width of Hunters Run on State Game Lands 284.

Springfield Falls is located on State Game Lands 284 in Mercer County Pennsylvania.
Springfield Falls is located on State Game Lands 284.

Also known locally as Leesburg Falls, this waterfall is unique in that it borders a jewelry store on its west side.

Springfield Falls on a spring morning in Mercer County, PA.
Looking across the face of the falls, towards the jewelry store on the west bank of Hunters Run.

Directions to Springfield Falls

Springfield Falls is located just 3 miles west of Grove City and Interstate 79 in northwestern PA.

How to find Springfield Falls in Mercer County Pennsylvania.
How to find Springfield Falls in Mercer County.

If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 41.14381, -80.21753 to find the Springfield Falls parking area along Falls Road.

Where to park when visiting Springfield Falls on State Game Lands 288 near Leesburg.
Where to park along Falls Road.

The parking area is on the south side of the road, the waterfall is on the north side of the road – please DO NOT park in the jewelry store lot when visiting the falls.

Springfield Falls is located next to a jewelry store in Mercer County Pennsylvania.
Directional sign for the jewelry store next to the falls.

Visiting Springfield Falls

The top of the falls are located just a few feet from the parking area.

Standing on State Game Lands 284, looking across Springfield Falls towards the jewelry store and ruins of an old iron furnace.
Standing on State Game Lands 284, looking across the falls towards the jewelry store and ruins of an old iron furnace.

If you want to see the falls from below, you’ll have to navigate a steep, rocky stream bank to do so – do this AT YOUR OWN RISK!

The steep bank leading to the base of Springfield Falls in Mercer County Pennsylvania.
The steep bank leading to the base of the falls.

Springfield Falls (AKA Leesburg Falls) has been popular with visitors for a long time, as evidenced by all the old tree carvings and stone etchings in the immediate vicinity.

Springfield Falls on State Game Lands 284 in Mercer County Pennsylvania.
Springfield Falls on State Game Lands 284 in Mercer County.

When Springfield Falls is running high like it was during this visit, it’s a fantastic sight!

Springfield Falls is also known locally as Leesburg Falls.
Springfield Falls is also known locally as Leesburg Falls.

In fact, it reminded me of a reverse image of Freedom Falls in neighboring Venango County.

Downstream view of Freedom Falls near Emlenton PA
Downstream view of Freedom Falls in neighboring Venango County.

Springfield Furnace

If you look closely at the far side of the stream, you’ll see the remnants of Springfield Furnace, an iron furnace built in the 1830s and in operation until 1862.

The ruins of Springfield Furnace, as viewed from the top of Springfield Falls.
The ruins of Springfield Furnace, as viewed from the top of Springfield Falls.

Also known as Seth and Hill Furnace (named after the men that built it), it was powered by a waterwheel 38 feet in diameter.

Springfield Furnace was also known as Seth and Hill Furnace, named after the men that built it in the mid to late 1830s,
Springfield Furnace was also known as Seth and Hill Furnace, named after the men that built it in the mid to late 1830s.

Final Thoughts

Whether you call it Springfield Falls or Leesburg Falls, there’s simply no reason NOT to visit, given its roadside location and the easy access to this impressive natural attraction!

Springfield Falls is also kown as Leesburg Falls and is located three miles west of Grove City Pennsylvania.
A spring morning at Springfield Falls.

Nearby Attractions

McConnells Mill State Park is located 15 miles south of Springfield Falls, and is home to many natural and manmade attractions.

McConnells Mill Covered Bridge in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
McConnells Mill Covered Bridge in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.

McConnells Mill State Park is especially great if you love waterfalls, as there are several here worth checking out.

Rusty Glessner at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park
The author at Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill State Park

Big Run Falls is located at the center of Cascade Park in New Castle, site of a former amusement park.

Big Run Falls in Lawrence County Pennsylvania.
Big Run Falls in Lawrence County.

Quaker Falls is a 50 foot-tall waterfall located less than a mile from the Ohio border, north of Pittsburgh in Lawrence County.

Approaching Quaker Falls in Lawrence County Pennsylvania.
Approaching Quaker Falls in Lawrence County

Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County (not to be confused with Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County) is a magnificent waterfall in a rather unexpected, urban location.

A summer morning at Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County.
A summer morning at Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County.

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Rusty Glessner is a professional photographer, lifelong Pennsylvanian, and a frequently-cited authority on PA's best travel destinations.