How to Find Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area

Short in Stature - Long on Unspoiled Natural Beauty

A close-up of Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County, Pennsylvania.
A close-up of Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County, Pennsylvania.

Where is Table Falls?

A September view of Table Falls, flowing high and clear on Paige Run.
A September view of Table Falls, flowing high and clear on Paige Run.

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.

While not nearly as tall as nearby Round Island Run Falls, it makes up for its short stature in terms of its exquisite setting and sheer natural beauty.

Driving Directions to Table Falls

A map showing the location of Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County PA.
A Purple Lizard map showing the location of Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County PA. Get your own Purple Lizard map of the Quehanna Wild Area HERE.

Table Falls is located approximately 8 miles northwest of the Quehanna Boot Camp, just off the Quehanna Highway.

From the Quehanna Highway, turn onto Red Run Road (see photo below) and travel 1.6 miles on this unpaved but relatively smooth forest road.

The Red Run Road sign along the Quehanna Highway in Elk County, Pennsylvania.
The Red Run Road sign along the Quehanna Highway in Elk County, Pennsylvania.

At a sharp, hairpin curve you will come to a bridge, which carries Red Run Road over Paige Run.

The bridge over Paige Run on Red Run Road.
The bridge over Paige Run on Red Run Road.

The parking area for Table Falls is located on the far side of this bridge.

The parking area for Table Falls, located next to the bridge over Paige Run along Red Run Road.
The parking area for Table Falls, located next to the bridge over Paige Run along Red Run Road.

There is space for maybe a half dozen vehicles there in the lot, but rarely do I ever encounter another person at Table Falls.

This would be a good place to note that Red Run Road is a “No Winter Maintenance” road. I cannot recommend trying to access Table Falls in the winter via this route unless you have a high-clearance 4WD vehicle and experience driving in those type of conditions. Even then it can be dicey.

But assuming you are visiting at any other time of year, you should have no problem accessing Table Falls via Red Run Road in almost any type of car/truck/SUV.

Hiking to Table Falls

Sign at the Table Falls trail head.
Sign at the Table Falls trail head.

The hike to Table Falls takes all of 5 minutes, if that.

Descend the back right corner of the parking area at the sign pictured above, and follow the well-worn trail maybe 75 yards to the falls.

The short trail leading from Red Run Road to Table Falls on Paige Run.
The short trail leading from Red Run Road to Table Falls on Paige Run.

Just above the falls you’ll encounter an area I like to call “the Grotto”.

Of course that is unofficial and you can call it whatever you choose.

But it is a really beautiful little cascade dwarfed by a several massive boulders.

The grotto on Paige Run above Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area of Elk County, PA.
The Grotto on Paige Run above Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area of Elk County, PA.

Just below the Grotto is 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.

Straight-on and up-close works well with a wide-angle lens.

An early May view of Table Falls in Elk County, PA.
An early May view of Table Falls in Elk County, PA.

From further downstream you can capture more of the movement of the current.

Table Falls flowing high and clear on a September morning.
Table Falls flowing high and clear on a September morning.

And from the side, standing on the bank of Paige Run, is the best bet as far as keeping your feet dry.

A side view of Table Falls in the Elk County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area.
A side view of Table Falls in the Elk County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t again mention the Grotto right above the falls, as this is one of my favorite spots in all the Quehanna Wild Area.

The "grotto", as I call it, immediately above Table Falls on Paige Run.
The “grotto”, as I call it, immediately above Table Falls on Paige Run.

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.

One of the countless cascades on Paige Run above Red Run Road and Table Falls.
One of the countless cascades on Paige Run above Red Run Road and Table Falls.

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 at 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!

Final Thoughts

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.

And as I mentioned earlier, you can double your waterfall excitement by visiting nearby Round Island Run Falls.

So make plans to visit Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area – you’ll be glad you did!

Still not convinced you need to see Table Falls?

Check out this video featuring Table Falls, the Grotto, and Cascades on Paige Run.

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