How to Find Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area

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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.

Table Falls FAQs

Where is Table Falls

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

How tall is Table Falls?

Approximately 6 feet tall.

What stream is Table Falls on?

Paige Run.

Can I navigate to Table Falls using GPS?

Yes – the GPS coordinates for Table Falls are 41.270576, -78.247212

Are there any other waterfalls near Table Falls?

Yes – Round Island Run Falls is located near the opposite edge of the Quehanna Wild Area.A view of Round Island Run Falls from downstream in early spring.


Getting There

How to Find Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area

  1. 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. A map showing the location of Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County PA.

  2. Travel 1.6 miles on Red Run Road

    This is an unpaved but relatively smooth “no winter maintenance” forest road.The Red Run Road sign along the Quehanna Highway in Elk County, Pennsylvania.

  3. Reach a hairpin turn and a bridge.

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

  4. 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
    The parking area for Table Falls, located next to the bridge over Paige Run along Red Run Road.

  5. Descend the trail that starts next to the Table Falls sign at the back of the parking area.

    Sign at the Table Falls trail head.

  6. Proceed 50 yards down the trail along Paige Run.

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

  7. Arrive at the Grotto on Paige Run.

    This picturesque cascade lies just above Table Falls.The grotto on Paige Run above Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area of Elk County, PA.

  8. From the Grotto, proceed 10 yards down Paige Run and arrive at Table Falls

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


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.

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 Table 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 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!


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.


Nearby Attractions

The Elk Country Visitor Center is located in nearby Benezette, Elk County.

Sunrise at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette Pennsylvania
Sunrise at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette

Wykoff Run Falls is another roadside waterfall in the Quehanna Wild Area, located along Wykoff Run Road.

A fisherman at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County
Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

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.

A view of Round Island Run Falls from downstream in early spring.
A view of Round Island Run Falls from downstream in early spring.

Yost Run Falls is another option in the adjacent Sproul State Forest.

A young hiker takes in the scene at Yost Run Falls.
A young hiker takes in the scene at Yost Run Falls.

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.

Abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunker entrance.

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.

Kunes Camp in the spring of 2020.

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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