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15 Waterfalls that Make a Splash

July 27, 2019 - is the official travel and tourism website for the state of Pennsylvania. We provide the official Vacation Guide and other important resources that help visitors plan their vacations to Pennsylvania.

15 Waterfalls that Make a Splash
Picture yourself wandering along a dirt path through Pennsylvania’s great outdoors when you stumble upon the most magical natural wonder — a dancing waterfall. There’s no question that Pennsylvania is brimming with outdoor beauty, and these 15 wonderful waterfalls will leave you feeling reconnected, rejuvenated, and reinvigorated. One of the most rewarding outdoor experiences is discovering a hidden waterfall while out exploring. Pennsylvania has its share of stunning falls, each unique and picturesque in their right, just waiting for you to encounter them.

1. Ganoga Falls


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Ganoga Falls in Ricketts Glen State Parkis home to more than 22 named waterfalls sprinkled around the park’s Falls Trail; however, the most impressive of these waterfalls is Ganoga Falls. An imposing 94-feet high, Ganoga is the highest waterfall in the park and is so picturesque your Instagram followers will be seriously jealous of your adventures.

2. Raymondskill Falls


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Raymondskill Falls, reaching a towering 178 feet, is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. If you add the drops from each tier together, the waterfall is only a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls! You can access the falls on the Raymondskill Creek Trail in the Delaware Water Gap — a moderately easy (but steep!) 0.3-mile hike. Make use of two viewing platforms — one near the head of the falls and one at a large step dividing the upper and lower drops — to experience the enchanting cascades from different vantage points. Make sure you take a moment on your way to the falls to check out the hemlock canopy, which contains some of the park’s oldest trees.

3. Cucumber Falls


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Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands, is a stunning 30-foot waterfall on Cucumber Run. For those unique Instagram-worthy photos, you can get behind the falls for a more unique viewpoint! A great way to access the falls is by hiking in from Ohiopyle on Great Gorge Trail. The trail follows an old tramway that was used to transport coal to the railroad that is now the Great Allegheny Passage.

4. Meadow Run

Meadow Run makes one Once nominated as one of America’s favorite swimming holes by Travel + LeisureMeadow Run — also in Ohiopyle State Park — is a natural waterslide. The great geological formations in the rocks combined with the powerful little creek has carved natural water slides out of the stream’s sandstone rock bed. This is a great place to cool down in the summer months, but be sure to use caution, as the rocks can be quite slippery.

5. Fallingwater




At Bear Run you’ll see the waterfall that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright to design and build his world-famous masterpiece, Fallingwater. One of America’s greatest architects, Wright’s ingenious cantilevering of Fallingwater over the cascading falls of Bear Run in the Laurel Highlands has resulted in one of the most striking sights in the state and a structure that has remained an architectural wonder since its completion in the 1930s.

6. Buttermilk Falls


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Buttermilk Falls in Lehigh Gorge State Park, offers the 26 miles of the Lehigh Gorge Trail, a flat, easy hiking or biking trail along the scenic Lehigh River — with several waterfalls along the way. Buttermilk Falls is just north of the Rockport Access Area, and its cascading waters offer a cool reprieve for bikers and hikers. At 46-feett tall, the waterfall is one of the most impressive in western PA – while it is best seen in the spring, its constant waterflow makes it a great place to visit year-round.

7. Sullivan Falls

If you’re the type of Happy Traveler who enjoys some challenging hiking along with your waterfall viewing Sullivan Falls in State Game Lands 13 — about 15 minutes west of Ricketts Glen State Park — is the place for you. This area, which spans nearly 50,000 acres, features around 20 waterfalls deep in the woods away from trails and roads, so make sure you have your hiking shoes in tow. We know everyone doesn’t necessarily have the time to scout all 20 falls, so if you’re in a time crunch, make sure Sullivan Falls is on your shortlist. You can find the roughly 30-foot waterfall by following the unmarked trail behind the parking area off Jamison Road for a few minutes until you reach the hollow whose seclusion means you’ll likely be able to enjoy this spectacular sight without any crowds.

8. Wheelbarrow Run

Wheelbarrow Run in the Seven Tubs Nature Area got its name from the glacial meltwater that created potholes and filled up pools or "tubs" of water. The highlight of Seven Tubs is Wheelbarrow Run — a stream that flows through a ravine full of tubs and has several waterfalls. Next time you’re thinking about soaking in your bathtub at home, consider relaxing in nature’s tub instead!

9. Dingmans Falls


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In the Delaware Water Gap, Dingmans Falls is the second-highest waterfall in Pennsylvania, plunging 130 feet. Follow the boardwalk of Dingmans Falls Trail and you’ll be led through the Hemlocks right to the beautiful waterfall.

An extra bonus of the trail: you’ll start off by passing Silver Thread Falls, an 80-foot thin ribbon of water cascading through a narrow geometric chute.

10. Shohola Falls

Located in the Pocono Mountains along Route 6, Happy Travelers can find the next waterfall stop taking the 0.6 mile Shohola Falls Trail. The trail is ideal for beginners, and you can bring along your four-legged friend! Once you get to the Shohola Falls, you and your furry companion can gaze at the roughly 70-foot waterfall.

11. Glen Onoko Falls

For Glen Onoko Falls you should wear your proper hiking footwear and prepare for a hike to see the payoff in the Pocono Mountains. Located just outside of the town of Jim Thorpe, these three unique falls tucked away in State Game Lands 181 will offer a picturesque site to recharge from a challenging hike.

12. Bushkill Falls


Bushkill FallsBushkill Falls | Photo Credit: Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau


One of the most popular waterfall spots in Pennsylvania is Bushkill Falls. Open since 1904, Bushkill Falls encompasses about 300 acres and features eight waterfalls, as well as more than two miles of trails, bridges, and walkways. The Main Falls takes about a 15-minute walk from the entrance and features an approximately 100-foot drop.

13. Dry Run Falls

Don’t let the name fool you — Dry Run Falls in Loyalsock State Forest is anything but dry, especially after some rainfall! At over two stories high, this sweet waterfall might not be the tallest, but it’s surely one of the most picturesque, with water cascading down a series of gently sloping rocks and branching into two separate streams to the pool below. Take advantage of the nearby picnic area for a relaxing fall-side lunch. Before you leave, soak in 25 miles of beautiful landscape atop the High Knob Overlook.

14. Fall Brook

Fall Brook in the 405-acre Salt Springs State Park is in northeastern Pennsylvania, offers towering old growth hemlock trees, many estimated to be more than 300 years old, the rocky gorge cut with its three waterfalls. The one-mile Fall Brook Trail follows alongside the water and passes by all three waterfalls, making for one relaxing hike!

15. Hawk Falls


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Located along Hawk Falls Trail at Hickory Run State Park, this natural 25-foot waterfall is one not to miss. The trail, which is mostly downhill, is 0.6 miles and is a good option for families as it is fairly short and manageable for hikers of all skill-levels. Many of the rocks beside the falls serve as good observation points. Also, let’s not forget our four-legged fur babies, who are also allowed on the trail and are looking for a cool dip!

To learn about more waterfalls in PA, check out the PAHappyThoughts website

Clarion River

May 12, 2019

This January, Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly voted in the Clarion River as the state’s 2019 River of the Year. The Clarion River meanders through the narrow valleys and hardwood forests of the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region for 110 miles, flowing from Johnsonburg through Cook Forest to Clarion and ultimately joining the Allegheny River near Foxburg. Over the last 200 years, the story of the river has been one of resource exploitation, degradation, resilience, and recovery. Strip mining and lumber businesses dominated the landscape along the river during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the runoff and effects of area industry heavily polluted its waters. However, a massive effort to restore it to its natural pristine condition ensued, and in time, it has experienced a tremendous recovery. Today, forested mountain slopes teeming with wildlife, intermittent ripples on the water, and rock outcrops along its edge provide a picturesque backdrop for outdoor recreation.

“Having just observed the 2018 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by hailing the conservation of nearly 52 miles of the Clarion River protected under that designation, we are elated to continue to honor the Clarion as the 2019 Pennsylvania River of the Year to celebrate its remarkable recovery and pay tribute to it as a treasured resource of the state,” said Kylie Maland of the Allegheny Watershed Improvement Needs (WINs) Coalition. The 52 miles of the Clarion River and adjacent public lands along its shores provide abundant opportunities for camping, hunting, hiking, bicycling, wildlife watching, and picnicking. The scenery, the feeling of remoteness, accessibility and the variety of recreation activities possible and ease of canoeing of the Clarion River combine to provide a significant recreation experience. The Clarion River has a longer floating (canoeing and tubing) season than other rivers in the area and is relatively accessible to the public. The river is now famous for fantastic brown trout fishing and the perfect location for paddling adventures.

This year, the U.S. Postal Service is recognizing the exceptional nature of this river by issuing a Forever stamp showcasing a colorful spring photo of the waterway with mist rising off its surface. Along the Clarion River, in Cook Forest State Park, a new Park office is projected to open in the Fall of 2019. The new building is going to be much larger and will feature more room for park visitors as well as employees. It will have restrooms that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The lobby will also feature interactive exhibits that will illustrate everything the park has to offer. In addition, the new office will have a meeting room that will seat between 40 and 50 people. In addition to the introduction of the stamp and the opening of the new office in Cook Forest State Park, many other events are being planned for the celebration including a 2-day overnight canoe sojourn June 22 & 23, Clarion River Days in Clarion June 8 and 9, and Walk on the Wild Side at Clarion Little Toby Trail June 8. More events are being planned to celebrate this prestigious honor. Please check or
The scenery, the feeling of remoteness, accessibility and the variety of recreation activities possible and ease of canoeing of the Clarion River combine to provide a significant recreation experience in this region. The Clarion River has a longer floating (kayaking, canoeing and tubing) season than other rivers in the area and is relatively accessible to the public. The Clarion is also an attraction for sightseeing, camping, birding, and swimming. A variety of recreational facilities in the Allegheny National Forest, Cook Forest State Park and Clear Creek State Park support the river-based recreation.

Maps are available for the Upper Section and the Middle Section of the Clarion River.
You can order a free print copy of the maps or learn more about the Clarion River and other interesting places to visit in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region, go to or call (814) 849-5197.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 2019 Welcome Guide, which contains feature articles, photos, travel tips, upcoming events, and listing information on lodging, attractions, restaurants, and more throughout Jefferson, Elk, Clarion, Forest, and Cameron Counties. Order your FREE print copy of this or any other publication by the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at, or call (814) 849-5197.


The following PCOA members are within 15 miles of the Clarion River. I’ve listed their website URL if you want to link them:
White’s Haven Campground & Cabins, Clarington
Wolf’s Camping Resort, Knox
Kalyumet Camping & Cabins, Lucinda
Forest Ridge Cabins & Campgrounds, Marienville
Campers Paradise Campground & Cabins, Sigel
Rustic Acres RV Resort & Campground, Shippenville

Article courtesy of the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau Blog