Exploring the Waterfalls on Fourmile Run near Colton Point State Park

Hiking upstream on Fourmile Run near Colton Point State Park.

Fourmile Run is a waterfall-rich tributary of Pine Creek in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.

It lies close to the Turkey Path on the Colton Point State Park side of the gorge, opposite Little Fourmile Run and the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park.

The waterfalls closest to the bottom of the Turkey Path.
Waterfalls along the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park

But that is where the similarities between the two Turkey Paths end.

On the Leonard Harrison State Park side, you have a wide, refined Turkey Path that takes you close to most of the waterfalls on Little Fourmile Run.

Observation area along the Turkey Path in the PA Grand Canyon.
Observation area along the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park.

On the Colton Point State Park side of the canyon, the Turkey Path is narrow, rugged, and runs high above Fourmile Run.

Meaning it serves as a mere jumping off point for off-trail exploration of the waterfalls below – exploration that should only be undertaken by experienced hikers with proper footwear!

With that warning in mind, let’s take a look at the waterfalls on Fourmile Run near (but not in) Colton Point State Park.


Getting There

A map to the waterfalls on Fourmile Run near Colton Point State Park
A map to the waterfalls on Fourmile Run near Colton Point State Park

The Turkey Path trailhead at Colton Point State Park serves as a starting point for exploring the waterfalls on Fourmile Run.

For realtime information on current trail conditions and any potential closures or construction, please visit the park’s official website.

Proceeding down the Turkey Path approximately 0.3 miles will bring you close to Rexford Branch and Rexford Branch Falls.

Rexford Branch Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.
Rexford Branch Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.

A narrow side trail branches off the Turkey Path to the right and brings you out near the bottom of the falls.

A summer view of Rexford Branch Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.
A summertime view of Rexford Branch Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

Returning to the Turkey Path, this is where being an experienced hiker with proper footwear comes into play.

Because it is now up to you to decide where and how to get down to Fourmile Run, below the Turkey Path.

There is NO TRAIL, and you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK, as with any off-trail hiking anywhere in Pennsylvania.

Once down at stream-level, there are waterfalls and cascades to be seen up and down Fourmile Run.


Logjam Falls

Logjam Falls on Fourmile Run in Tioga County.
Logjam Falls on Fourmile Run in Tioga County.

Logjam Falls (not an official name) is a 12-15 foot tall waterfall not far from where Rexford Branch spills into Fourmile Run.

Logjam Falls on Fourmile Run in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.
Logjam Falls on Fourmile Run in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.

Upstream from Logjam Falls you’ll encounter plenty of picturesque cascades on Fourmile Run.

Fourmile Run in the PA Grand Canyon
Fourmile Run in the PA Grand Canyon

These idyllic cascades can be nearly impassable during high water conditions, so again, use caution if attempting this hike (or any waterfall hike) during such conditions.

Fourmile Run near Colton Point State Park on an autumn afternoon
Fourmile Run near Colton Point State Park on an autumn afternoon

Fourmile Run Falls

Approximately 0.3 miles upstream from where Rexford Branch enters Fourmile Run, you’ll encounter what I feel is the prettiest waterfall on this stream – Fourmile Run Falls.

Approaching Fourmile Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area
Approaching Fourmile Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area

Fourmile Run Falls (not an official name) is a gorgeous 20-footer that sheets off the rocks into a large plunge pool below.

Fourmile Run Falls in late October.
Fourmile Run Falls in late October.

There are taller waterfalls in the Pine Creek Gorge, but few can match the splendor of this spot.

Fourmile Run Falls on a summer afternoon.
Fourmile Run Falls on a summer afternoon.

Every inch of rock around Fourmile Run Falls seems to be covered in greenery of some sort in the summer.

A photographer at Fourmile Run Falls in the PIne Creek Gorge
A photographer at Fourmile Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge

While in autumn, those same rocks are adorned with a blanket of colorful leaves.

Fourmile Run Falls on an autumn afternoon.
Fourmile Run Falls on an autumn afternoon.

Downstream Exploration

Downstream from Logjam Falls, you can expect to see more dazzling cascades, but no significant waterfalls.

Fourmile Run in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.
Fourmile Run in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.

Normally after I’ve photographed this particular cascade, I make my way uphill to the Turkey Path, and then back to the parking area at the trailhead.

Cascades on Fourmile Run in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.

Colton Point Overlooks

Of course no trip to Colton Point State Park would be complete without spending some time at one of the various roadside canyon overlooks.

Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park
Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park

This is as fine a spot as any for “leaf peeping” in the Pine Creek Gorge.

The view of the PA Grand Canyon from Colton Point State Park
The view of the PA Grand Canyon from Colton Point State Park

Final Thoughts

While not nearly as accessible as the waterfalls along the Turkey Path at neighboring Leonard Harrison State Park, the waterfalls on Fourmile Run near Colton Point State Park are absolutely worth the effort required to see them, provided you have the experience and expertise to navigate this off-trail hike safely.

Fourmile Run Falls in the PA Grand Canyon
Fourmile Run Falls in the PA Grand Canyon.

Nearby Attractions

Looking for another off-trail adventure on this side of the PA Grand Canyon?

Steve standing on Chimney Hollow Falls, for a sense of scale.
Steve standing on Chimney Hollow Falls, for a sense of scale.

Then check out Chimney Hollow Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the Pine Creek Gorge!


Or check out Bear Run on the northeastern edge of Colton Point State Park, home to at least a half-dozen waterfalls.

Lower Bear Run Falls in Tioga County, PA
Lower Bear Run Falls in Tioga County, PA

Looking for a much less-strenuous hike?

Stone Quarry Run Falls in mid-March 2019.
Stone Quarry Run Falls in mid-March 2019.

Then check out the hike to Stone Quarry Run Falls and Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, near Blackwell.


Campbells Run Falls is another exceptional 25-foot waterfall, less than a half mile off the Pine Creek Rail Trail near Tiadaghton.

Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton PA
Campbells Run Falls near Tiadaghton PA

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