Western Pennsylvania is home to numerous waterfalls within a 90 minute drive of Pittsburgh.
And while the waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands fit that bill as well, here are 13 more western Pennsylvania waterfalls that deserve equal attention, 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. Fall Run Falls
Fall Run Falls in Allegheny County has the distinction of being the largest waterfall near downtown Pittsburgh!
Located a mere 7 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Fall Run Falls is a beautiful 18 foot tall waterfall tucked away in a nature park that is surrounded on all sides by housing developments.
2. Alpha Falls
Alpha Falls is a 35-foot tall, somewhat temperamental waterfall located at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.
While it takes a HARD rain to get this one flowing well in the summer, it does present with some spectacular ice formations in the winter.
3. Grindstone Falls
Don’t look for Grindstone Falls on the “official” McConnells Mill State Park map, because it isn’t on there.
But rest assured this 8-footer does exist in the southeastern portion of the park, a 10-minute hike from the parking area along Mountville Road.
4. Hell’s Hollow Falls
Hell’s Hollow Falls is actually an easy waterfall to get to, despite the name.
It’s found at the end of a simple 10-minute hike along a fairly flat trail at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.
5. Quaker Falls
Quaker Falls is the centerpiece of the newly-created Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Lawrence County, and just may be the westernmost waterfall in Pennsylvania.
A quick and easy view of Quaker Falls can be had from above, while a short but challenging hike awaits those who wish to see the falls from stream level.
6. Freedom Falls
Freedom Falls in Venango County is located near the remnants of an iron forge and the ghost town of Freedom.
7. Springfield Falls
Springfield Falls is a beautiful roadside waterfall in Mercer County.
Standing 20 feet tall and close to 40 feet wide, Springfield Falls spans the entire width of Hunters Run on State Game Lands 284.
8. Rapp Run Falls
Rapp Run Falls is located on State Game Lands 72, just minutes from downtown Clarion.
9. Logan Falls
Logan Falls is located 9 miles from Marienville, Forest County, in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest.
10. Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County
Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County gives visitors the opportunity to walk behind a waterfall in this county park setting.
11. Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County
Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County is yet another waterfall that you can stand behind, in a picturesque park setting just a few hundred yards from the Beaver Falls exit of the PA Turnpike.
12. Big Run Falls
Big Run Falls in New Castle, Lawrence County is a 20 foot tall waterfall at the heart of an abandoned amusement park turned nature park.
13. Buttermilk Falls in Armstrong County
Buttermilk Falls in Armstrong County is short in stature but long on beauty, located along a rail trail that parallels Cowanshannock Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River.
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