The 23 Best Waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest

Third Falls along Dutters Run in the fall.

The Loyalsock State Forest is a waterfall lover’s paradise!

Comprised of 114,552 acres scattered across Sullivan, Lycoming, and Bradford counties, there are literally hundreds of waterfalls great and small to be discovered in its midst.

An autumn scene from the third waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
An autumn scene from the third waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

What I’m going to present you with in this write-up are my 23 favorite waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest, in alphabetical order.

While there are MANY more waterfalls to be discovered and enjoyed in the Loyalsock, this list of 23 is an excellent introduction for those of you just starting to explore this magnificent recreational forest.

Right Angle Falls on Ketchum Run, surrounded by fall foliage.
Right Angle Falls on Ketchum Run in the Loyalsock State Forest, surrounded by fall foliage.

Follow the links (the blue text) in the descriptions of each waterfall to be connected to maps and detailed directions to each one.

And bookmark this post, so that you can refer back to it again and again as you begin or expand your explorations of the waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest!


1. Abbott Run Falls

Ice formations surrounding Abbott Run Falls.
Ice formations surrounding Abbott Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Abbott Run Falls is the largest in a series of waterfalls on Abbott Run in the McIntyre Wild Area, part of the Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County.


2. Alpine Falls

Alpine Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Alpine Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Alpine Falls is located along the Loyalsock Trail north of Worlds End State Park, or a short hike from Loyalsock Road via the Crane Spur Trail.


3. Angel Falls

Summer at Angel Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Summer at Angel Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Loyalsock State Forest at 70 feet tall, accessible via a short side hike from the Loyalsock Trail.


4. Coal Run Falls

Unnamed waterfall along Coal Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Unnamed waterfall along Coal Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Coal Run Falls is a series of small, unnamed waterfalls and cascades along a 1/2 mile stretch of this stream just below Sones Pond in Sullivan County.


5. Cottonwood Falls

Cottonwood Falls along the Double Run Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Cottonwood Falls along the Double Run Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Cottonwood Falls is a popular spot along the Double Run Trail, which most people hike when visiting Worlds End State Park.

However, Cottonwood Falls lies just outside the park boundaries in the Loyalsock State Forest.


6. Dry Run Falls

Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Dry Run Falls is probably the most popular roadside waterfall in the Loyalsock State Forest. Located along Dry Run Road in Sullivan County, just off of Route 87.


7. Dutchman Falls

Dutchman Falls in the summer.
Dutchman Falls in the summer.

Dutchman Falls is located near the eastern terminus of the Loyalsock Trail, just off of Route 220.


8. Dutchman’s Run Falls

Dutchmans Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area on a winter day.
Dutchmans Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area on a winter day.

Dutchman’s Run Falls is the largest of several waterfalls on Dutchman’s Run in the McIntyre Wild Area portion of the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County.


9. Dutters Run Falls

Third Falls on Dutters Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Third Falls on Dutters Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Dutters Run Falls are a series of 6 waterfalls located along or near the Loyalsock Trail in Sullivan County, not far from Dry Run Road.


10. East Branch Falls

East Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest
East Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest

East Branch Falls is located in the Mill Creek watershed of the Loyalsock State Forest, approximately 4 miles west of Hillsgrove in Sullivan County.


11. Gipson Falls

A summer afternoon at Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A summer afternoon at Gipson Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Gipson Falls is located just downstream from Angel Falls, near Brunnerdale Road in Sullivan County.


12. Hounds Run Falls

A late autumn view of Hounds Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area.
A late autumn view of Hounds Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area.

Hounds Run Falls in the Rock Run Valley is a short hike from Rock Run Road in Lycoming County.


13. Jacoby Falls

A winter afternoon at Jacoby Falls.
A winter afternoon at Jacoby Falls.

Jacoby Falls is a popular Lycoming County hiking spot, located off of Wallis Run Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.


14. Ketchum Run Falls

Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.
Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.

Ketchum Run Falls is located just off the Ketchum Run Trail and High Knob Road in Sullivan County, not far from Worlds End State Park.


15. Lee’s Falls

An autumn view of Lee's Falls on Ketchum Run.
An autumn view of Lee’s Falls on Ketchum Run.

Lee’s Falls is located along the Loyalsock Trail on Ketchum Run, Sullivan County.


16. Middle Branch Falls

Middle Branch Falls on Mill Creek in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Middle Branch Falls on Mill Creek in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

Middle Branch Falls is located in the Mill Creek watershed near Hillsgrove, Sullivan County.


17. Mill Creek Falls

Mill Creek Falls near Hillsgrove Pennsylvania.
Mill Creek Falls near Hillsgrove.

Mill Creek Falls is a popular swimming hole / waterfall just minutes from Hillsgrove in Sullivan County.


18. Mineral Spring Falls

Mineral Spring Falls near Worlds End State Park
Mineral Spring Falls near Worlds End State Park

Mineral Spring Falls is a popular roadside waterfall near (but not in) Worlds End State Park.


19. Miners Run Falls

The first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
The first waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Miners Run Falls are a series of 6 waterfalls on Miners Run, located in the McIntyre Wild Area portion of the Loyalsock State Forest.


20. Right Angle Falls

Right Angle Falls on Ketchum Run, surrounded by fall foliage.
Right Angle Falls on Ketchum Run, surrounded by fall foliage.

Right Angle Falls is one of several waterfalls along Ketchum Run in Sullivan County.


21. Rode Falls

An autumn view of Rode Falls along the Loyalsock Trail.
An autumn view of Rode Falls along the Loyalsock Trail.

Rode Falls is a popular camping spot along the Loyalsock Trail, located downstream from Lee’s Falls and Ketchum Run Falls.


22. Rusty Run Falls

A close-up look at Rusty Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A close-up look at Rusty Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Rusty Run Falls is located off a popular bridle trail (horses allowed) along Shanerburg Road in Sullivan County.


23. Tamarack Falls

Tamarack Falls off of Loyalsock Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Tamarack Falls off of Loyalsock Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Tamarack Falls is a short (but off-trail) hike from Loyalsock Road, not far from Sones Pond in Sullivan County.


Final Thoughts

So there you have it – my 23 favorite waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Downstream view of East Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Downstream view of East Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

By no means a complete inventory, but certainly a great list to get you started in your explorations of this epic tract of public land!

Autumn comes to Right Angle Falls along Ketchum Run.
Autumn comes to Right Angle Falls along Ketchum Run.

Nearby Attractions

The Loyalsock State Forest is also known for stunning mountain vistas, and you’ll find directions to some of the finest ones in my write-up “The 8 Best Scenic Overlooks Near Worlds End State Park“.

Loyalsock Canyon Vista Sullivan County Pennsylvania
Loyalsock Canyon Vista at Worlds End State Park.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful photographs! I enjoyed all 20.
    Thank you for sharing your travels.
    Looking forward to the next adventures.

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