Best waterfall trails in Pennsylvania

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Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Pennsylvania with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of waterfall trails in Pennsylvania
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#1 - Ricketts Glen Falls Loop
Ricketts Glen State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park is the classic hike in the park. It's also one of the best hikes in all of Pennsylvania and is considered by many to be the single best waterfall hike in the eastern United States. The 7-mile semi-loop through both Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh visits 21 named waterfalls, the highest being 94' Ganoga Falls. Start your journey at the bottom of the glens along Highway 118, parking at either the Evergreen Parking Area on the south side of the highway, or the small picnic area and trailhead on the north side. If parking at the Evergreen Parking Area, pick up a park map at the kiosk and carefully walk across the highway to reach the start of the Falls Trail on the west bank of Kitchen Creek. If you're starting from the picnic area, a short connector trail takes you across a bridge over Kitchen Creek to join the main Falls Trail. For the first mile, Falls Trail follows an old roadbed on a mostly level course along Kitchen Creek. You'll be in a mixed hardwood forest for the entire hike. Because the steep terrain in the glens prevented logging, you'll pass through some old-growth forest along the way. Spruce trees become more common as you climb in elevation. If you're hiking in the spring, look for blossoming dogwood trees and a variety of wildflowers. You'll cross two sturdy wooden bridges over Kitchen Creek before reaching a split in the trail. Here, the Lower Trail to the right descends to follow very closely along the bank of Kitchen Creek. This trail is occasionally quite exposed and can also be flooded if Kitchen Creek is running high. To your left, the alternate Upper Trail climbs briefly, then contours along the hillside on a wide path. Both the Lower and Upper Trails reunite at the first waterfall in the Glens: 16' Murray Reynolds Falls. While not particularly high, this waterfall is quite beautiful and provides a taste of what you'll encounter further up the trail. As you pass each waterfall, look for small wooden signs identifying the name of the fall. These signs are attached directly to the rock on the opposite side of the creek, usually near the crest of the waterfall. Continue on a gradual climb along Kitchen Creek, passing 36' Sheldon Reynolds Falls and 27' Harrison Wright Falls before reaching a major trail junction at Waters Meet. Here, the trails split, with the Ganoga Glen Trail continuing straight up the west bank of Kitchen Creek while the Glen Leigh Trail crosses a bridge to your right to climb up into Glen Leigh. Waters Meet is an idyllic spot, with waterfalls visible up both of the glens. For our hike, we'll climb up Ganoga Glen, then take the Highland Trail over to Glen Leigh, where we'll descend into Glen Leigh and eventually return to this spot. Starting up Ganoga Glen, the trail passes 47' Erie Falls, 47' Tuscarora Falls, and 17' Conestoga Falls. The trail gradually becomes steeper and more narrow as you climb up the glen. Staircases assembled from natural stone help with the ascent of the steeper sections, but lack guardrails of any kind. Water seeps down onto the trail from above, meaning that you are virtually guaranteed to encounter muddy, slippery conditions at any time of year. Continuing your climb up the glen, cross a side stream on a wooden bridge and come to 39' Mohican Falls. Pass 37' Delaware Falls and 12' Seneca Falls before passing a trail junction on your left. This signed trail connects to the Ganoga View Trail and the Old Beaver Dam Road Trail to the west of Ganoga Glen. Looking up the glen, you will shortly see Ganoga Falls. At 94', it's the highest waterfall in the park, and twice as high as any of the other waterfalls. Before climbing to the top of the falls, you'll want to take an unmarked side path to your right that leads to the base of the falls. This is where you'll find the best view of the entire waterfall. At the top of the falls, views are limited as the trail has to climb above a steep embankment rather than follow along the bank of the stream. Resist the temptation to wander off-trail down the embankment, as this is where many accidents occur. Continuing uphill, you'll pass 11' Cayuga Falls, 13' Oneida Falls, and 37' Mohawk Falls before reaching a major trail junction. Here, turn right on the Lake Rose Trail and continue uphill. The trail to the left connects to the Old Beaver Dam Road Trail. The Lake Rose Trail eventually leads up to the Lake Rose Trailhead, a possible alternative start if you want to do a shorter loop and still see most of the park's waterfalls. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto the Highland Trail for the traverse over to Glen Leigh. The trail here is very different than the one you've been on so far. It's mostly a level walk through the woods. Enroute to Glen Leigh, you'll pass through Midway Crevasse, a narrow passageway through a rock formation of Pocono sandstone. Show more
#2 - Ricketts Glen Falls
Ricketts Glen State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
17 Amazing waterfalls along a steep but well-maintained trail Have good footwear for this one...It's often wet and slippery even though the trail is maintained in excellent condition. This hike is a simple loop that takes you past most of the falls in Ricketts Glen State Park. You can do this loop when camping at the park because it's an easy walk to the trailhead (about a mile each way from most of the campsites). Start at the sign and follow the trail. Turn right when the trail splits and follow the signs to the Falls Trail. You'll shortly see your first waterfall. There is a bridge at "Waters Meet" that you need to cross where the two streams merge - although it's not the halfway point, it is where you'll start heading uphill instead of downhill. Follow the trail up and, if you'd like, you can take the shortcut to the Highland Trail when you see the sign. The Highland Trail will take you back, after passing through the "Midway Crevasse", to the Lake Rose parking lot.Show more
#3 - Glen Onoko Falls and Lehigh Gorge Overlook Trail
Lehigh Gorge State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
The Glen Onoko Falls and Lehigh Gorge Overlook Trail is one of the most popular trails in Lehigh Gorge State Park. This is a dangerous and difficult hike requiring scrambling, but it has great views of the falls. This trail is more suited to experienced hikers and may not be the best choice for a family outing. Proper hiking shoes and gear recommended. The route can be confusing so make sure to bring the app or downloaded map. Enjoy the relaxing Lehigh River as you hike the falls. While it is a very pretty hike with beautiful falls, there are several warning signs on the Glen Onoko Falls Trail due to people that have fallen to their deaths from the top of the falls. There's about 15 mins of an incline on stairs - great cardio session. You can still make the loop through the overlook trail. You can also make a short loop from parking lot to overlook to shortcut trail. Stop by the park office or in Jim Thorpe for more information on the area. Show more
#4 - Kelly's Run Loop Trail
Holtwood Recreation Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
Kellys Run Nature Preserve contains a loop trail near the Susquehanna River. The trail is rocky and steep in some places but it is a beautiful hike with views of small but picturesque waterfalls. Preserve information can be found at: https://www.lancasterconservancy.org/preserves/kellys-run/Show more
#5 - Shades of Death Trail
Hickory Run State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Please note that there is no parking at trail head and it gets very crowded very early. A beautiful walk along a stream in a rhodedendron forest You will walk along a stream through a beautiful forest then towards the end enter some rocky areas. The Hickory Run State Park has a National Natural Landmark in the boulder field and there are some Geocaches in the park.Show more
#6 - Hawk Falls Trail
Hickory Run State Park
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 29 m
#7 - Wissahickon Gorge North Loop
Wissahickon Valley Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
A moderate hike with some inclines and rocky areas. Users have reported that the trail is not marked. Show more
#8 - Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail
Fairmount Park
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Immerse yourself in a true nature experience just outside of the bustling city of Philadelphia on this gorgeous hike through Wissahickon Gorge. Following the white and orange trail on the east side of the creek and Forbidden Drive on the west, you’ll feel hundreds of miles away from the city despite being less than an hours drive away. As you walk the banks of the creek and cross covered bridges over the creek waters listen for the abundant birdlife as the chorus of chickadees, blue jays, and woodpeckers echoes through the forest. Start or end your hike with a snack or treat from the Valley Green Inn that sits right in the heart of Fairmount Park. It is almost too easy to spend a full day here walking in the woods.Show more
#9 - Hackers Falls and Cliff Trail Loop
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
When arriving at the parking lot for the Pond Loop Trail, there will be two paths onto the trail. Take the one on the left. It will lead you down to the side of the pond that has a small dock, a bench, a nice little picnic area.Show more
#10 - Seven Tubs Nature Area
Seven Tubbs Nature Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 52 m
Great hike. Follow the creek down to the reservoir to add distance, and a good 1.5 mile 6% grade climb back. Take a left at the reservoir to the top of the mountain for several acres of blueberries in June and August. Cross the power lines for a strenuous climb down to the base of the falls.Show more
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