Exploring Water Tank Hollow Falls in Tioga County

The author at Water Tank Hollow Falls, just off the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Water Tank Hollow Falls is a beautiful 20 foot-tall waterfall located just off the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.

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.

How to Find Water Tank Hollow Falls

Water Tank Hollow Falls is located 2 miles north of the Blackwell trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

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

Whether you choose to hike it, bike it, or ski it in the winter, there is a large paved parking area for the Pine Creek Rail Trail right next to Pine Creek and Route 414 in Blackwell, complete with restrooms.

Pine Creek Rail Trail parking area in Blackwell.
Pine Creek Rail Trail parking area in Blackwell.

From the parking area you’ll want to head north, away from the parking lot in the direction of Tiadaghton.

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 in mid-March 2019.

Two miles into your trip, you’ll arrive at the bridge where Water Tank Run passes beneath the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Water Tank Hollow where it intersects the Pine Creek Rail Trail 2.3 miles north of Blackwell, Tioga County.
Water Tank Hollow where it intersects the Pine Creek Rail Trail 2.3 miles north of Blackwell, Tioga County.

If you prefer to navigate via GPS, use coordinates 41.58935, -77.38385 to get to Water Tank Hollow Falls.

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

Exploring Water Tank Hollow Falls

From the rail trail bridge, you’ll have a decent (although partially obstructed) view of Water Tank Hollow Falls.

The view of Water Tank Hollow Falls from the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
The view of Water Tank Hollow Falls from the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

But if you REALLY want to experience Water Tank Hollow Falls, take the obvious user trail up the right hand side of the stream to the base of the falls.

A downstream view of Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County, PA..
A downstream view of Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County, PA..

The stream is shallow enough to make easy rock-hopping crossings if you want to see/photograph Water Tank Hollow Falls from different angles.

Water Tank Hollow Falls in mid-March 2019.
Water Tank Hollow Falls in mid-March 2019.

On this day in mid-March the ice was still hanging tough in Water Tank Hollow.

A winter scene at Water Tank Hollow Falls, along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
A winter scene at Water Tank Hollow Falls, along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Nearby Attractions

If you love waterfalls, there are many others in the immediate Tioga County area.

One mile north of Water Tank Hollow, you’ll find Benjamin Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

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

Two miles north of Water Tank Hollow, you’ll find Pine Island Run Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

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

Jerry Run Falls and Bohen Run Falls are literally right across Pine Creek from Water Tank Hollow Falls.

The author at Bohen Run Falls.
The author at Bohen Run Falls.

You don’t even have to move your vehicle – access the trail head from the same parking area as you did Water Tank Hollow Falls!


Searching for those AMAZING PA Grand Canyon views?

Then you MUST make the trip to Colton Point State Park!

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

Of course it takes 2 sides to make a canyon, so be sure to visit Leonard Harrison State Park, opposite Colton Point, while in the area.

Looking out over the Pine Creek Gorge at Leonard Harrison State Park.
Looking out over the Pine Creek Gorge at Leonard Harrison State Park.

Not only is Leonard Harrison State Park home to several scenic overlooks, but it’s where you’ll find the famous Turkey Path waterfall trail as well.

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

Chimney Hollow Falls is certainly a contender for the title of the tallest waterfall in the Pine Creek Gorge.

Steve standing on Chimney Hollow Falls, for a sense of scale.
Chimney Hollow Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

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

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

Still not convinced you need to explore Water Tank Hollow Falls?

Then check out this video!

Video footage from Stone Quarry Run Falls and Water Tank Hollow Falls along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County, PA.

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