The 5 Best Waterfall Hikes in Lycoming County

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

Lycoming County is the gateway to the waterfall hotbeds of Tioga and Sullivan counties, but it also has plenty of exceptional waterfalls hikes of its own.

I’m going to share with you my 5 favorite waterfall hikes in Lycoming County, as well as a few close-by “bonus” hikes in neighboring counties.

An autumn scene from the second waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
An autumn scene from the second waterfall on Miners Run in Lycoming County.

Follow the blue links in each hike description to find the corresponding maps, directions, photos, and videos.


Miners Run Falls

An autumn scene from the fourth waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
An autumn scene from the fourth waterfall on Miners Run in Lycoming County.

For my money, the hike along Miners Run in the Rock Run Valley is THE best waterfall hike in Lycoming County.

An autumn scene from the fifth waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
The author at the fifth waterfall on Miners Run in Lycoming County.

6 magnificent waterfalls within a 0.6 mile stretch of Miners Run – the entire hike is mapped out HERE.


Jacoby Falls

A winter afternoon at Jacoby Falls.
A winter afternoon at Jacoby Falls in Lycoming County.

Jacoby Falls is another remarkable waterfall hike in Lycoming County.

And although there is only one waterfall to be seen, it’s a big one!

Jacoby Falls swollen by heavy summer rain.
Jacoby Falls swollen by heavy summer rain.

You can find the Jacoby Falls hike described in detail HERE.


Hounds Run Falls

Fall foliage at Hounds Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Fall foliage at Hounds Run Falls in Lycoming County.

Hounds Run is the next-door neighbor of Miners Run, so it only makes sense to visit one when visiting the other.

A small splash dam downstream from Hounds Run Falls also makes for a nice photo-op.

The splash dam on Hounds Run, just below Hounds Run Falls.
The splash dam on Hounds Run in Lycoming County.

You can find my detailed write-up the Hounds Run Falls hike HERE.


Dutchmans Run Falls

The First Falls on Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area
Dutchmans Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County.

Dutchmans Run Falls is the tallest waterfall in the McIntyre Wild Area in Lycoming County.

Numerous smaller waterfalls dot Dutchmans Run as you hike upstream.

The Third Falls on Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area.
The Third Falls on Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area.

You can find maps and detailed directions on the Dutchmans Run Falls hike HERE.


Abbott Run Falls

Ice formations surrounding Abbott Run Falls.
Ice formations surrounding Abbott Run Falls in Lycoming County.

Abbott Run Falls is the largest in a series of waterfalls on Abbott Run in the McIntyre Wild Area in Lycoming County.

This is probably the most challenging of the 5 waterfall hikes described in this write-up.

The author at Abbott Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area.
The author at Abbott Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area.

You can find my maps and directions to Abbott Run Falls HERE.


What About Rock Run?

Rock Run is a wildly popular stream in Lycoming County, and does contain one nice-sized waterfall, as well as several smaller falls downstream which double as popular swimming holes.

Rock Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Rock Run Falls in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

But there’s really no hiking involved – you simply drive along Rock Run Road and park near the falls.

Thus I didn’t include Rock Run in my top 5.


Bonus Hikes

Here are 3 outstanding waterfall hikes that lie just beyond the borders of Lycoming County.

Bohen Run Falls and Jerry Run Falls

The author at Bohen Run Falls.
The author at Bohen Run Falls in Tioga County.

Bohen Run Falls and Jerry Run Falls lie just to the north of Lycoming County near Blackwell, Tioga County.

The author at Jerry Run Falls
The author at Jerry Run Falls in Tioga County.

Both waterfalls are part of a 4 mile loop hike I describe in detail HERE.


Water Tank Hollow Falls and Stone Quarry Run Falls

The author at Water Tank Hollow Falls, just off the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
The author at Water Tank Hollow Falls, just off the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County.

Water Tank Hollow Falls and Stone Quarry Run Falls are also located near Blackwell, and easy to access via the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Stone Quarry Run Falls in mid-March 2019.
Stone Quarry Run Falls in Tioga County.

A detailed write-up on this hike can be found HERE.


East Branch Falls and Middle Branch Falls

East Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest
East Branch Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County.

Just a few miles east of the Lycoming County border, East Branch Falls and Middle Branch Falls can both be found in the Mill Creek watershed, in neighboring Sullivan County.

Middle Branch Falls on Mill Creek in Sullivan County
Middle Branch Falls on Mill Creek in Sullivan County

You can find my detailed write-up on the East Branch Falls / Middle Branch Falls loop hike HERE.


Nearby Attractions

Looking for more waterfall action?

The Loyalsock State Forest contains more than 100!

A downstream view of Rusty Run Falls.
A downstream view of Rusty Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

You can find a link to 20 of the best ones HERE.


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