How to Find Chimney Hollow Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area

A Massive Waterfall on a Diminutive Stream

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The author at Chimney Hollow Falls.
The author at Chimney Hollow Falls.

Chimney Hollow Falls FAQs

Where is Chimney Hollow Falls?

Chimney Hollow Falls is located in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area in Tioga County, near (but not in) Colton Point State Park.A map to Chimney Hollow Falls, near Colton Point State Park in the Pine Creek Gorge.

How tall is Chimney Hollow Falls?

Approximately 50 feet tall.
High flow at Chimney Hollow Falls.

What are the GPS coordinates for Chimney Hollow Falls?

The GPS coordinates for Chimney Hollow Falls are: 41.722300, -77.443755


Getting There

How to Find Chimney Hollow Falls

  1. From the intersection of Colton Road and Owassee Road near Ansonia, turn onto Owassee Road.

    GPS coordinates for this intersection are 41.734110, -77.435644 The turn off of Colton Road onto Owasee Road, heading towards the falls.

  2. Travel 1 mile downhill on Owassee Road to Pine Creek.

    Owasee Road sign, just off Colton Road

  3. From the bottom of the hill, continue on Owassee Road .26 miles to the first bridge you encounter.

    Owassee Road runs parallel to Pine Creek at this point.
    The first bridge you come to is over Owassee Slide Run, the stream Chimney Hollow Falls is on.The bridge over Owasee Slide Run.

  4. Park in the lot on your left, before the bridge.

    The GPS coordinates for the parking area are: 41.721219, -77.441824 The parking area for Chimney Hollow Falls, located next to the bridge on Owasee Road.

  5. Cross the bridge and hike .12 miles up the left side of the stream.

    You’ll encounter 159 feet of elevation gain as you make your way uphill towards the falls. Owasee Slide Run as viewed from the bridge, downstream from the falls.

  6. Arrive at the base of Chimney Hollow Falls.

    The GPS coordinates for Chimney Hollow Falls are: 41.722300, -77.443755.
    Descended the stream bank where you feel the safest. My hiking buddy Steve at the point where we drop down the bank into Owasee Slide Run, below the falls.


Photographing Chimney Hollow Falls

Standing at the bottom of Chimney Hollow Falls on a summer morning.
Standing at the bottom of Chimney Hollow Falls on a summer morning.

Chimney Hollow Falls is roughly 50 feet tall.

For that reason it is best photographed with a wide angle lens.

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

To give you a sense of scale, my hiking buddy Steve is standing on top of the lower tier of the falls in the photo above.

The colors can range from rather stark grey in the spring…

Steve near the 30-foot upper tier of Chimney Hollow Falls.
Steve near the 30-foot upper tier of Chimney Hollow Falls.

To lush green in the summer.

A summer scene from the upper tier at Chimney Hollow Falls.
A summer scene from the upper tier at Chimney Hollow Falls.

Again using my friend Steve for scale, you can see that the upper tier is in the neighborhood of 30 feet tall.

My buddy Steve standing in front of the upper tier of Chimney Hollow Falls.
My buddy Steve standing in front of the upper tier of Chimney Hollow Falls.

The stream banks on either side of Owasee Slide Run are also alive with trillium blooms in the spring.

Red trillium blooming near Chimney Hollow Falls.
Red trillium blooming near Chimney Hollow Falls.

Including the small cascades below the main waterfall adds to the enormity of the scene.

A downstream view of Chimney Hollow Falls.
A downstream view of Chimney Hollow Falls.

Final Thoughts

Chimney Hollow Falls is one one of the tallest waterfalls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

But unlike the much better know waterfalls along the rail trail in the gorge, like Water Tank Hollow Falls or Stone Quarry Run Falls, this one sees very few visitors.

That combination of massive size and relative obscurity makes this a bucket list waterfall for sure!

Still not convinced you need to see Chimney Hollow Falls?

Then check out the video below!


Nearby Attractions

Looking for a more challenging waterfall hike while you’re in the Pine Creek Gorge area?

The author at Bohen Run Falls.
The author at Bohen Run Falls, near Blackwell (Tioga County).

Consider a hike to Jerry Run Falls and Bohen Run Falls, both located along the Bohen Trail near Blackwell.


Looking for those AMAZING PA Grand Canyon vistas?

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

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


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

An observation area near the Turkey Path trailhead at the PA Grand Canyon.
An observation area near the Turkey Path trailhead at the PA Grand Canyon.

Not only is Leonard Harrison State Park home to plenty of scenic overlooks, but it also where you will find the famous Turkey Path waterfall trail.

Waterfalls near the intersection of the Turkey Path and the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Waterfalls near the intersection of the Turkey Path and the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Bear Run is another stream in the Pine Creek Gorge teeming with waterfalls.

Bear Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge area of Pennsylvania
Bear Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge area of Pennsylvania

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

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

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