24 Must-See Waterfalls in the PA Laurel Highlands

Selfie at Lower Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park

The waterfalls in the PA Laurel Highlands are spectacular!

Fall foliage around Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County PA.
Fall foliage around Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County.

The counties of Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland are home to countless rivers, creeks, and streams.

Downstream view of Fish Run Falls near Linn Run State Park.
Downstream view of Fish Run Falls in the PA Laurel Highlands.

And being the mountainous region that it is, that means LOTS of Laurel Highlands waterfalls as well!

The author at Yoder Falls in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
The author at Yoder Falls in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Here is my hand-picked list of 24 must-see waterfalls in the PA Laurel Highlands, complete with directions to each one.

Simply click on the blue text link in each waterfall description to see maps, directions, and additional photos of that waterfall.


1. Ohiopyle Falls

A fisherman casts a line on an autumn morning at Ohiopyle Falls.
A fisherman casts a line on an autumn morning at Ohiopyle Falls.

The namesake of Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle Falls spans the width of the Youghiogheny River and is 20 feet tall.


2. Cucumber Falls

A young explorer checking out Cucumber Falls.
A young explorer checking out Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Possibly the most photogenic (and most photographed) waterfall in the Laurel Highlands, Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is a graceful 30-foot drop.


3. Upper Jonathan Run Falls

A winter scene at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park
A winter scene at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Upper Jonathan Run Falls is located along the popular Jonathan Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.


4. Lower Jonathan Run Falls

Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park - Spring 2019.
Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Lower Jonathan Run Falls is located a few hundred yards upstream from the Great Allegheny Passage at Ohiopyle State Park.


5. Fechter Run Falls

Selfie at Fechter Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park.
The author at Fechter Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park.

Fechter Run Falls is located just off the Sugar Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.


6. Sugar Run Falls

A downstream view of Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
A downstream view of Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Sugar Run Falls is located along the Mitchell Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.


7. Lower Sugar Run Falls

Lower Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Lower Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Lower Sugar Run Falls is located just below the Great Allegheny Passage at Ohiopyle State Park, where a bridge carries it over Sugar Run.


8. Bruner Run Falls

Bruner Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Bruner Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Bruner Run Falls is a series of small waterfalls on Bruner Run at Ohiopyle State Park.


9. Upper Cascades on Meadow Run

The Upper Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.
The Upper Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.

The Upper Cascades on Meadow Run form a rocky waterfall along this popular trout fishing stream at Ohiopyle State Park.


10. Lower Cascades on Meadow Run

The Lower Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.
The Lower Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.

The Lower Cascades on Meadow Run span the entire stream as it makes its way towards the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park.


11. Natural Waterslides on Meadow Run

The Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park on a winter afternoon.
The Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park on a winter afternoon.

The Natural Waterslides on Meadow Run are located alongside Route 381 in the heart of Ohiopyle.


12. Fallingwater

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
Fallingwater in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Fallingwater in Fayette County is perhaps the most famous waterfall and home in the Laurel Highlands, thanks to architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-renowned design.


13. Stewarton Falls

Stewarton Falls on Crooked Creek n Fayette County Pennsylvania
Stewarton Falls on Crooked Creek in Fayette County Pennsylvania

Stewarton Falls is located on Crooked Creek in the Bear Run Nature Reserve in Fayette County.


14. East Park Falls

East Park Falls Connellsville PA Fayette County
East Park Falls Connellsville PA

East Park Falls is located in a city park in the heart of Connellsville, Fayette County.


15. Robinson Falls

Robinson Falls in Connellsville Pennsylvania
Robinson Falls in Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Robinson Falls is located on the western edge of Connellsville in Fayette County, and is rumored to have been a campsite of George Washington during the French and Indian War.


16. Adam Falls

Adams Falls in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania
The author at Adam Falls in Westmoreland County.

Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park in Westmoreland County offers you the chance to stand behind a 12 foot tall waterfall.


17. Mill Creek Falls

Sunrise over Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.
Sunrise over Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County is accessed via a simple 1/2 mile hike on State Game Lands 42.


18. Cole Run Falls

The author at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.
The author at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

Cole Run Falls in Somerset County is a magnificent two-tiered waterfall less than 100 yards from a parking area in the Forbes State Forest.


19. Cave Falls

The author at Cave Falls on Cole Run in Somerset County,PA.
The author at Cave Falls on Cole Run in Somerset County,PA.

Cave Falls is also located on Cole Run in the Forbes State Forest, Somerset County.


20. Yoder Falls

A springtime view of Yoder Falls near Davidsville, PA.
A springtime view of Yoder Falls near Davidsville, PA.

Yoder Falls in Somerset County is a 25 foot tall waterfall situated on land owned by the city of Johnstown (but open to public hiking).


21. Waterfall Beneath the Pack Saddle Bridge

A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.
A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.

The waterfall beneath the Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County is easily the most-photographed waterfall in Somerset County.


22. Hinckston Run Falls

Hinckston Run Falls in Cambria County Pennsylvania
Hinckston Run Falls in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Hinckston Run Falls is located just a few miles north of the Somerset County line near Johnstown, Cambria County.

23. Hippie Shower Falls

The cavity behind Hippie Shower Falls during heavy spring rains.
The cavity behind Hippie Shower Falls during heavy spring rains.

Hippie Shower Falls is located along the Great Allegheny Passage in Fayette County.


24. Fish Run Falls

Fish Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest may be the prettiest little waterfall in Westmoreland County that you’ve never heard of!

Fish Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest.
Fish Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest.

There you have it!

24 must-see waterfalls in the PA Laurel Highlands, for you to discover and enjoy!

The author and daughter at the Ohiopyle Falls Overlook along Ferncliff Trail.
The author and daughter at the Ohiopyle Falls Overlook in the Laurel Highlands.

Nearby Lodging

Looking to take your Laurel Highlands visit to the next level?

Then be sure to check out 10 of the Best Laurel Highlands Vacation Rentals to see some of the one-of-a-kind homes you can rent while visiting the area!

Exterior of a rental cabin in the Laurel Highlands.
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Nearby Attractions

The 14 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Laurel Highlands gives you directions to some of the finest mountain vistas in the PA Laurel Highlands.

The author capturing a sunrise photo at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author capturing a sunrise photo at Baughman Rock Overlook in Fayette County.

Exploring the Covered Bridges of Somerset County gives you driving directions to all 10 historic covered bridges in Somerset County.

Fall foliage at Walters Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA
Walter’s Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County.

The Big Savage Tunnel is one of the structural marvels of Pennsylvania, located near mile marker 23 along what is now the Great Allegheny Passage hiking/biking trail in Somerset County.

The well-lit and refurbished Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage in Somerset County PA.
The well-lit and refurbished Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage in Somerset County PA.

The Best Waterfalls Near Pittsburgh Road Trip is an epic 358 mile round-trip drive to see some of the best waterfalls in western PA!

A roadmap to the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Best Waterfalls Near Pittsburgh Road Trip.

The 12 Best Places to View Fall Foliage at Ohiopyle State Park will show you why the Laurel Highlands was named by USA Today as one of the top destinations in the United States to view fall foliage.

Fall foliage around the High Bridge over the Youghiogheny River along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Fall foliage around the High Bridge over the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park.

Looking for a list of the BEST waterfalls in ALL of Pennsylvania?

Then be sure to check out The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Guide to discover the finest waterfalls in PA!

The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfall Guide created by Rusty Glessner
The Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Guide by Rusty Glessner

If frozen waterfalls get your heart pumping, then be sure to check out The 50 Best Winter Waterfalls in Pennsylvania.

A winter scene at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.
A winter scene at Sugar Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

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