Sullivan Falls is one of the largest roadside waterfalls in Sullivan County, PA.
It’s also the natural starting point for a hike to nearby Pigeon Run and the many waterfalls along it.
But even though Sullivan Falls is a roadside waterfall, some folks still have difficulty finding it.
So that is the purpose of this write-up: to show you exactly where Sullivan Falls is, as well as what to expect when you visit in the various seasons.
Visiting Sullivan Falls
How to Find Sullivan Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County
- Turn off of Route 487 onto Sullivan Falls Road
Just north of Ricketts Glen State Park you will turn onto Sullivan Falls Road (erroneously called Jamison City Road on Google Maps and possibly on your navigation system).
- Travel 2.1 miles on Sullivan Falls Road
Sullivan Falls Road is a “No Winter Maintenance” forest road – use extreme caution in the winter.
- Arrive at the Sullivan Falls parking area
The parking area is marked by a large boulder engraved with the words “Sullivan Falls” (see image below).
- Sullivan Falls Parking Area GPS Coordinates: 41.335085, -76.339117
- Walk to Sullivan Falls
The top of the waterfall is located 375 feet from the parking lot along a well-worn path.
Best Views of Sullivan Falls
My personal preference with this and virtually all other waterfalls is to view it from stream level.
However, you still have an outstanding (albeit partially obstructed by tree branches) view of Sullivan Falls from the top of the trail.
If you do want to view Sullivan Falls from stream level, you need to follow an obvious switchback trail down the stream bank, which can certainly be slippery any time of the year.
Be sure to use EXTREME CAUTION if you attempt it in the winter.
A dazzling array of greenery springs to life where only snow and ice dwell in the frosty months.
And the voluminous amount of fall foliage that collects in the plunge pool lends itself to long exposures and “leaf swirls” images, giving this 35-foot waterfall a surreal quality.
While nearby Ricketts Glen State Park is overrun by visitors every October, Sullivan Falls is generally much more peaceful but equally stunning.
There may not be a better bang-for-your-buck waterfall in Sullivan County.
Easy to get to but grand in stature, Sullivan Falls is everything you imagine when you think of Pennsylvania waterfalls!
If you didn’t already stop there on your way to Sullivan Falls, be sure to check out Big Run Falls a mere 1/4 of a mile up the road. Yet another fantastic roadside waterfall!
Add stops at Sullivan Falls and Big Run Falls to the beginning or end of your day when hiking to Big Falls, Twin Falls, and Lewis Falls, also nearby on State Game Lands 13, and you’ve got the makings of a prodigious waterfall excursion!
Feeling extra adventurous?
Consider hiking to Quinn Run Falls, Shanty Run Falls, and Foundation Falls – all located upstream from Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13.
And of course we don’t want to forget the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park, located just minutes east of State Game Lands 13 in Luzerne County.