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

A Massive Waterfall on a Diminutive Stream

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

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.

A map to Chimney Hollow Falls, near Colton Point State Park in the Pine Creek Gorge.
A map to Chimney Hollow Falls, near Colton Point State Park in the Pine Creek Gorge.

Driving Directions to Chimney Hollow Falls

From Colton Road you turn onto Owasee Road, intersection located at GPS coordinates: 41.734110, -77.435644

The turn off of Colton Road onto Owasee Road, heading towards the falls.
The turn off of Colton Road onto Owasee Road, heading towards the falls.

As soon as you turn onto Owasee Road, off of Colton Road, you’ll see the signs above.

Owasee Road sign, just off Colton Road
Owasee Road sign, just off Colton Road

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.

The bridge over Owasee Slide Run.
The bridge over Owasee Slide Run.

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 for Chimney Hollow Falls, located next to the bridge on Owasee Road.
The parking area for Chimney Hollow Falls, located next to the bridge 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.

Owasee Slide Run as viewed from the bridge, downstream from the falls.
Owasee Slide Run as viewed from the bridge, downstream from the falls.

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

My hiking buddy Steve at the point where we drop down the bank into Owasee Slide Run, below the falls.
My hiking buddy Steve at the point where we drop down the bank into Owasee Slide Run, below the 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

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 easily 40-50 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.

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!

High flow at Chimney Hollow Falls.
High flow at 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 PA “bucket list” waterfall for sure!

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