How to Find Kyler Fork Falls in the Sproul State Forest

The author at Kyler Fork Falls.
The author at Kyler Fork Falls.

Where is Kyler Fork Falls?

Kyler Fork Falls is located in northern Centre County, midway between Renovo to the northeast and the village of Moshannon to the southwest.

Basically 13 miles from either location, situated just off Route 144.

A map showing the location of Kyler Fork Falls in the Sproul State Forest.
A map showing the location of Kyler Fork Falls in the Sproul State Forest.

Hiking Directions

There are two different routes you can take to reach Kyler Fork Falls.

Option #1

The first route would be to simply park in the lot along Route 144 and follow the directions I give to its sister falls, Yost Run Falls, in my write-up HERE.

From Yost Run Falls, Kyler Fork Falls is approximately 300 yards downstream, and does require a wet crossing of Yost Run to reach Kyler Fork Falls.

Go ahead and check out that link (it will open in a new window) – I’ll wait.

Option #2

A map showing the parking area for the Kyler Fork Trail in the Sproul State Forest.
A map showing the parking area for the Kyler Fork Trail in the Sproul State Forest.

Option #2 is to hike in along the Kyler Fork Trail, from the parking area / trail head just off of Yost Ridge Road.

The GPS coordinates for that parking area are: 41.163580, -77.905191

The author on the Kyler Fork Trail in the Sproul State Forest.
The author on the Kyler Fork Trail in the Sproul State Forest.

The Kyler Fork Trail route is shorter at approximately .75 miles, but getting to the parking area / trail head off of Yost Ridge Road can be dicey in the winter (no winter maintenance on that road).

The choice is yours.

Photographing Kyler Fork Falls

A summer view of Kyler Fork Falls.
A summer view of Kyler Fork Falls.

Whichever route you use to get to Kyler Fork Falls – you’re in for a treat!

High water at Kyler Fork Falls.
High water at Kyler Fork Falls.

The high water after the spring thaw really makes this one roar!

Ferns around Kyler Fork Falls.
Ferns around Kyler Fork Falls.

As spring turns to early summer, the ferns open up and the falls are surrounded by verdant greens.

Fall foliage surrounding Kyler Fork Falls.
Fall foliage surrounding Kyler Fork Falls.

Autumn brings a blanket of colorful foliage to the gorge.

The author on top of Kyler Fork Falls.
The author on top of Kyler Fork Falls.

Autumn turns to winter, and the ground in the Sproul State Forest starts to freeze.

A side view of Kyler Fork Falls in the wintertime.
A side view of Kyler Fork Falls in the wintertime.

Snow soon dominates the landscape, and then…

The author standing in front of frozen Kyler Fork Falls.
The author standing in front of frozen Kyler Fork Falls.

…the falls themselves freeze over.

The author sitting on frozen Kyler Fork Falls.
The author sitting on frozen Kyler Fork Falls.

Game of Thrones may have the Iron Throne – Kyler Fork has the Ice Throne!

A young hiker at Kyler Fork Falls.
A young hiker at Kyler Fork Falls.

In short – there is no bad time or season to hike to Kyler Fork Falls and its sister falls Yost Run Falls.

Final Thoughts

As the second tallest waterfall in Centre County (approximately 10 feet tall), and next-door neighbor to THE tallest (Yost Run Falls), it’s a no-brainer that you NEED to add a visit to these two waterfalls to your PA Bucket List!

Less than an hour from State College and not at all difficult to hike to.

Make a weekend out of it and visit Round Island Run Falls and Table Falls, both also located in the “PA Wilds” region.

Still not convinced you need to visit Kyler Fork Falls?

Check out the video below!

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