Where is Chimney Hollow Falls?
Chimney Hollow Falls is located in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.
Near (but not in) Colton Point State Park.
Driving Directions to Chimney Hollow Falls
From Colton Road you turn onto Owasee Road, intersection located at GPS coordinates: 41.734110, -77.435644
As soon as you turn onto Owasee Road, off of Colton Road, you’ll see the signs above.
Owasee Road winds its way downhill towards Pine Creek one mile ahead.
Once you reach Pine Creek at the bottom of the hill, Owasee Road runs parallel to it.
The parking area for the Chimney Hollow Falls hike is another .26 miles ahead on the left, between the road and Pine Creek.
This is the bridge you will see as you approach Owasee Slide Run (the stream Chimney Hollow Falls is on). It’s the first bridge you come to on Owasee Road.
The parking area is on the left, BEFORE you cross the bridge. It’s probably big enough for a half dozen vehicles.
The GPS coordinates for the parking area are: 41.721219, -77.441824
Am I In the Right Spot?
The view of Owasee Slide Run from the bridge is not all that impressive, and you may begin to think you’re at the wrong spot.
The first time I visited this waterfall I had the very same doubts.
After all, there are no signs telling you this is Owasee Slide Run, or pointing you in the direction of Chimney Hollow Falls.
But I assure you that you’re in store for a major surprise!
Hiking to Chimney Hollow Falls
Cross the bridge and start upstream on the left hand side of Owasee Slide Run.
Although there is no trail, you can rather easily pick your way along the edge of the stream, dodging a few blow-downs at various spots.
This hike features 159 feet of elevation gain as you make your way uphill towards the falls.
At .12 miles you’ll be at the spot pictured above, near the base of the falls.
The GPS coordinates for Chimney Hollow Falls are: 41.722300, -77.443755
Descend the bank at a roughly 45 degree angle from where my friend Steve is standing in the picture above.
Photographing Chimney Hollow Falls
Chimney Hollow Falls is easily 40-50 feet tall.
For that reason it is best photographed with a wide angle lens.
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…
To lush green in the summer.
Again using my friend Steve for scale, you can see that the upper tier is in the neighborhood of 30 feet tall.
There isn’t a lot of head water on Owasee Slide Run, but after a hard rain or tropical storm the flow over the falls can be quite impressive!
The stream banks on either side of Owasee Slide Run are also alive with trillium blooms in the spring.
Including the small cascades below the main waterfall adds to the enormity of the scene.
Chimney Hollow Falls is one one of the tallest waterfalls in the Pine Creek Gorge.
That combination of massive size and relative obscurity makes this a PA “bucket list” waterfall for sure!
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