Table Falls FAQs
Table Falls is located in the Elk County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area, a 48,186 acre expanse of wilderness that encompasses parts of the Elk and Moshannon State Forests.
Approximately 6 feet tall.
Yes – the GPS coordinates for Table Falls are 41.270576, -78.247212
Yes – Round Island Run Falls is located near the opposite edge of the Quehanna Wild Area.
How to Find Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area
- Turn off of the Quehanna Highway onto Red Run Road
This intersection is located at GPS coordinates 41.254367, -78.231698.
Or approximately 7 miles northwest of the Quehanna Boot Camp.
- Travel 1.6 miles on Red Run Road
This is an unpaved but relatively smooth “no winter maintenance” forest road.
- Reach a hairpin turn and a bridge.
This bridge carries Red Run Road over Paige Run.
- Cross the bridge and park in the Table Falls lot on the far side.
The parking lot is large enough to accomodate a half-dozen vehicles.
GPS coordinates for the Table Falls parking area are 41.270528, -78.247338
- Descend the trail that starts next to the Table Falls sign at the back of the parking area.
- Proceed 50 yards down the trail along Paige Run.
- Arrive at the Grotto on Paige Run.
This picturesque cascade lies just above Table Falls.
- From the Grotto, proceed 10 yards down Paige Run and arrive at Table Falls
Photographing Table Falls
Table Falls can be photographed from many angles, but I have a few standby shots I always try to get when I’m there.
From downstream, you can capture the falls as well as the movement of the current on Paige Run.
And from the side, standing on the bank of Paige Run, is the best bet as far as keeping your feet dry.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t again mention the Grotto right above the Table Falls, as this is one of my favorite spots in all the Quehanna Wild Area.
Exploring Paige Run Above Red Run Road
Once you’ve had your fill of Table Falls and the Grotto, there are a seemingly endless series of off-trail cascades to explore above Red Run Road, should you have the desire.
No true waterfalls to see, but non-stop cascades weaving their way through a ravine of boulders and laurel.
Hiking to Table Falls in the Winter
Sometimes in the winter I’ll hike down Paige Run from the Quehanna Highway to reach Table Falls, without having to worry about getting stuck on Red Run Road.
It’s roughly a 1.5 miles round trip hike, steep in parts and off trail most of the way, but very rewarding.
Park in the lot for the Beaver Run Dam Trail (see Purple Lizard map near the top of this post).
Cross the Quehanna Highway and come down the Lincoln Loop until it hits Paige Run, then bushwack down Paige Run until you get to Table Falls.
And try not to curse me too much when you have to hike back uphill to your vehicle!
At around 6 feet tall, Table Falls is certainly not the tallest waterfall you’ll ever visit.
But its setting, tucked away on one of the least-populated and most-scenic areas of the state, makes the trip there truly bucket list-worthy.
Wykoff Run Falls is another roadside waterfall in the Quehanna Wild Area, located along Wykoff Run Road.
Round Island Run Falls is located just outside the Quehanna Wild Area in the Sproul State Forest, and is the tallest waterfall in the area.
Yost Run Falls is another option in the adjacent Sproul State Forest.
For something completely different, be sure to check out the abandoned nuclear jet engine bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area, a glimpse into the Cold War past of Pennsylvania.
The abandoned Kunes Camp is an easy 2 mile out-and-back hike to the ruins of a hunting camp built BETWEEN massive boulders on the Quehanna plateau.
Still not convinced you need to see Table Falls?
Then check out this video featuring Table Falls, the Grotto, and Cascades on Paige Run.
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