Who’s up for an epic 358 mile round-trip road trip to see the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh?!
If this sounds like something you’ve always wanted to do, I’ve plotted out the perfect road trip for you.
Simply follow along and click on the blue text links to open more detailed descriptions and directions to each of these waterfall hotspots near Pittsburgh.
This road trip departs from and returns to Pittsburgh, and I’m going to describe the trip going in a clockwise direction, but you could just as easily go the opposite way and have just as much fun!
1. Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County
Our first stop on the Pittsburgh waterfalls road trip is Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County, a magnificent waterfall in a rather unexpected, urban location.
Located just a few hundred yards from the Beaver Falls exit of the PA Turnpike, Buttermilk Falls is one a handful of waterfalls in Pennsylvania you can stand behind!
2. Waterfalls at McConnells Mill State Park
Road trip stop number two is McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County, home to many wonderful attractions, including numerous waterfalls.
Alpha Falls is the tallest waterfall at McConnells Mill State Park, at 35 feet.
Hell’s Hollow Falls may be the most famous, in part because of the ominous-sounding name.
And Grindstone Falls may be the least well-know, as it doesn’t even appear on the official park map (not yet, at least).
3. Quaker Falls
Quaker Falls is a 50 foot-tall waterfall located less than a mile from the Ohio border, north of Pittsburgh in Lawrence County.
Quaker Falls is the centerpiece of the newly-created Quaker Falls Recreation Area, a Lawrence County park.
4. Freedom Falls
Pittsburgh waterfalls road trip stop number four is Freedom Falls, 20 foot tall waterfall in Venango County, Pennsylvania.
Freedom Falls is named after the early 1800s village of Freedom, the ruins of which are still visible in the area around the falls.
5. Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County
Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County is one of the tallest waterfalls in western PA, at 45 feet.
Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County is another of the handful of Pennsylvania waterfalls you can stand BEHIND!
Road trip stop number six is Fallingwater in Fayette County, voted “the best all-time work of American architecture” by the American Institute of Architects in 1991.
Fallingwater was designed around a spectacular multi-tiered waterfall along Bear Run in Fayette County.
7. Ohiopyle State Park
The final stop on the Pittsburgh waterfalls road trip is Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County, arguably THE BEST water-themed state park in western Pennsylvania!
Whether it’s waterfalls, natural waterslides, or whitewater rafting – Ohiopyle has it covered.
You could spend literally days exploring all the waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park, but for the purposes of this road trip I’ll focus on the two most-famous and easiest-to-reach.
With a drop of 20 feet and a width spanning the entire Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle Falls is one of the most visited and most photographed tourist attractions in the Laurel Highlands.
Finding Ohiopyle Falls is easy (it’s literally right next to the Ohiopyle Visitor Center parking lot).
Deciding where to view it from is the hard part, because there are so many good spots to choose from!
Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is the most photogenic (in my opinion) waterfall in western Pennsylvania.
An upper viewing area is located next to the Cucumber Falls parking area, while a staircase takes you down to steam level if you want to view it from that angle.
From Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park, it’s an easy drive back to Pittsburgh, where this waterfalls road trip began!
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