Hiking to the Frozen Waterfalls Along Heberly Run

Approaching frozen Lewis Falls along Heberly Run in Sullivan County.

Hiking to the frozen falls along Heberly Run is an annual tradition for me, as these are easily some of the best winter waterfalls in Pennsylvania!

Ice hiking at Big Falls on Heberly Run in Sullivan County PA.
Ice hiking at Big Falls on Heberly Run in Sullivan County.

Heberly Run is a tributary of East Branch Fishing Creek in Sullivan County, and it slices through the heart of State Game Lands 13, often referred to as the “waterfall wonderland of Pennsylvania”.

Ice hiking along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
Ice hiking along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13

Because this is State Game Lands, official trails to the falls are non-existent, making for a more challenging hike and a more natural, rewarding adventure for experienced hikers.

Crossing Heberly Run on a fallen tree.
Crossing Heberly Run on a fallen tree.

I’ve previously published an extensive write-up on exploring the waterfalls along Heberly Run, complete with maps and GPS coordinates for all the falls along Heberly Run.

A map showing the location of Big Falls, Twin Falls, and Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA
A map showing the location of Big Falls, Twin Falls, and Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

So rather than rehash the details (which you can read at your convenience at the link provided above), I’m simply going to share some of the beautiful scenes along Heberly Run on a cold January day!

Ice formations along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Ice formations along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13.

Grassy Hollow Road

If you glanced at the map above, you’ll notice that Grassy Hollow Road run parallel to Heberly Run.

Snow-covered Grassy Hollow Road on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Snow-covered Grassy Hollow Road on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

On this hike, my friend Steve and I utilized Grassy Hollow Road as our primary route up and down the mountain, dropping in to the Heberly Run gorge near each waterfall.

Hiking to the waterfalls along Heberly Run utilizing Grassy Hollow Road.
Hiking to the waterfalls along Heberly Run utilizing Grassy Hollow Road.

We both use use Kahtoola microspikes on our hiking boots, and both carry trekking poles, to aid in the necessary hill climbs and stream crossings when hiking to the waterfalls along Heberly Run.

Crossing Heberly Run in Sullivan County.
Crossing Heberly Run in Sullivan County.

Frozen Waterfalls on Heberly Run

Big Falls will be the first waterfall you encounter when hiking up Heberly Run.

Ice hiking to Big Falls along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
Ice hiking to Big Falls along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13.

This 25 foot-tall waterfall is surrounded by some equally impressive columns of ice on either side of the gorge.

Tower of Ice along Heberly Run in Sullivan County, PA.
Tower of Ice along Heberly Run near Big Falls.

Lower Twin Falls is the next waterfall you encounter, a 10-footer that is the smallest of the waterfalls on this section of Heberly Run.

Lower Twin Falls and a wall of ice along Heberly Run.
Lower Twin Falls and a wall of ice along Heberly Run.

The “ice cave” that typically forms each year near Lower Twin Falls is more impressive than the falls themselves.

Ice cave near Lower Twin Falls along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13.
Ice cave near Lower Twin Falls along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13.

When we visit Lower Twin Falls, we end up spending more time photographing the ice cave than we do the waterfall.

Ice cave along Heberly Run in Sullivan County Pennsylvania.
Ice cave along Heberly Run in Sullivan County.

Upper Twin Falls lies just above Lower Twin Falls (naturally).

Partially-frozen Upper Twin Falls along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County PA.
Partially-frozen Upper Twin Falls along Heberly Run.

Lewis Falls is the uppermost waterfall along Heberly Run that we visited on this hike.

Lewis Falls along Heberly Run frozen over on a January morning.
Lewis Falls along Heberly Run frozen over on a January morning.

There are a few smaller waterfalls upstream from Lewis Falls, but typically the ice formations just aren’t as impressive as they are at the falls I mentioned so far, so we skipped them on this trip and headed back down Grassy Hollow Road to the parking area.

Ice and snow around Shanty Run Falls in Sullivan County.
Ice and snow around Shanty Run Falls in Sullivan County, upstream from Lewis Falls.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for an adventurous ice hike to see magnificent frozen falls, ice caves, and towering ice formations, you certainly need to put Heberly Run on your PA bucket list.

The author inside an ice cave along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13.
The author inside an ice cave along Heberly Run on State Game Lands 13.

The scenery here is unparalleled, and the relative remoteness of it all adds a certain “wild” element to the adventure!

Towering ice formations along Heberly Run.
Towering ice formations along Heberly Run.

The 10 Best Waterfalls on State Game Lands 13 is your guide to more exceptional sights in the “waterfall wonderland of Pennsylvania”!

The author at Sullivan Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County.
The author at Sullivan Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County.

The 50 Best Winter Waterfalls in Pennsylvania is your guide to amazing frozen waterfalls across the Keystone State.

A young explorer checking out Cucumber Falls.
A young explorer checking out Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

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