The McIntyre Wild Area Waterfalls Guide

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

The McIntyre Wild Area in Lycoming County is home to more than a dozen incredible waterfalls, scattered amongst a handful of magnificent mountain streams.

Four of the largest of these waterfall streams are located near Ralston and the Rock Run Valley, an area renowned for its natural beauty as well as its mining and logging history.

Map to the best waterfalls in the McIntyre Wild Area
Map to the best waterfalls in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County, PA.

Each of these four waterfall streams is unique, and I’ll address their individual features and tell you exactly how to find the falls on each one in the paragraphs below.

Simply follow the blue text links in the descriptions of each stream to view a more in-depth description of the waterfalls on that stream, along with maps, GPS coordinates, and suggested hiking routes.


Dutchmans Run Falls

A look at the roughly 30-foot tall First Waterfalls on Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area
A look at the roughly 30-foot tall First Waterfalls on Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area

Dutchmans Run has the distinction of being home to the tallest waterfall in the McIntyre Wild Area, as well as the location of several smaller waterfalls and cascades.

Another scene from the Third Waterfalls on Dutchmans Run on the McIntyre Wild Area
Another scene from the Third Waterfalls on Dutchmans Run on the McIntyre Wild Area

I did a thorough write-up on Dutchmans Run, complete with maps, GPS coordinates, photos, and videos which you can view HERE.


Abbott Run Falls

The right branch waterfalls on Abbott Run in the McIntyre Wild Area Lycoming County Pennsylvania
The right branch of Abbott Run in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County.

Abbott Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area is a series of seldom-seen waterfalls located approximately one mile north of Dutchmans Run.

The author at Abbott Run Falls on a winter day.
The author at Abbott Run Falls on a winter day.

You can view my extensive write-up on Abbott Run featuring maps, GPS coordinates, and a multitude of photos and video HERE.


Miners Run Falls

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

Miners Run has the distinction of being home to the largest concentration of waterfalls in the McIntyre Wild Area.

6 waterfalls within a .6 mile stretch, giving you a tremendous bang-for-your-buck 1.2 mile loop hike.

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 the Loyalsock State Forest.

I did a thorough write-up on hiking to the waterfalls along Miners Run, complete with maps, GPS coordinates, photos, and videos, all of which you can view HERE.

Summer view of the fifth waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
The author and daughter at the fifth waterfall on Miners Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

If I could only hike one of the four main waterfall streams in the McIntyre Wild Area, Miners Run would be the one.


Hounds Run Falls

Two photographers enjoying the scenery at Hounds Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Two photographers enjoying the scenery at Hounds Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Hounds Run has the distinction of being home to the fewest waterfalls of the four hikes described here – 1 main waterfall and 1 small splash dam.

It is also the shortest hike of the three, a 0.7 mile out-and-back trip.

Rusty Glessner at the upper tier of Hounds Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area.
The author at the upper tier of Hounds Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area.

Despite taking you to only 1 main waterfall, the stature and complexity of that single waterfall makes the Hounds Run hike a highly satisfying short excursion.

A summertime view of Hounds Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A summertime view of Hounds Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

I did a thorough write-up on Hounds Run, complete with maps, GPS coordinates, photos, and video, all of which you can view HERE.


Final Thoughts

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.

The McIntyre Wild Area is a 7,279 acre hiking mecca.

And while there are plenty of other streams in the immediate vicinity that are home to smaller waterfalls (Doe Run and Hawk Run come to mind), the four I’ve included here are the best bang-for-your-buck waterfall hikes in the McIntyre Wild Area.

Dutchmans Run. Abbott Run. Miners Run. Hounds Run.

Put all four on your PA Bucket List!


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8 COMMENTS

  1. I love waterfalls. They inspire me and I love the adventure of finding new ones. This triple crown is next on my list.. if you can suggest any others please do! I’m from NW PA and always looking for new territory!

    • Thanks for checking out the post Lisa! I’m trying to add at least one new waterfall write-up a week to the website. Follow the PA Bucketlist page on Facebook to stay in the loop – generally I post them on “Waterfall Wednesday”.

  2. LOVED Dutchman’s Falls! We’ve done many waterfall hikes (thanks to you!) and I think this is my #1 favorite! We were in for a surprise at the Third falls. Thanks to the rainy season there was not ONE 2-tiered falls, but a second falls coming off the mountain to the right and it was probably twice as high as the one in your photo. The 2 falls then met at the base of the Third Falls. My only disappointment was that Hounds Run Falls was quite unimpressive after doing the Dutchman so maybe start at Hounds Run and do the Triple Crown backwards!

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