Time to brush off the old bucket list! When’s the last time you added some really
amazing destinations to your bucket list? Well, there’s no time like the present, right? These 10 waterfall hikes in Pennsylvania each offer pure natural beauty and breathtaking waterfalls. And, some are easy while a few should only be conquered by seasoned hikers. Which will you add to your bucket list?
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1. Falls Trail – Ricketts Glen State Park
Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park may be the
ultimate waterfall hike. After all, it will lead you to 21 of the park's 22 named waterfalls. The 7.2-mile trail, however, does feature a variety of challenges, including slippery surfaces and steep climbs. But, if you're up for it, you'll be well-rewarded with sensational views of all 21 waterfalls, including the 94-foot Ganoga Falls.
Ricketts Glen State Park is located at 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814.
2. Shohola Falls Trail – Shohola
Enjoy an easy, picturesque hike along the .8 mile Shohola Falls Loop Trail. The popular trail allows dogs and is open all-year around. Of course, the highlight of the trail is the stunning Shohola Falls.
Shohola Falls is located at Route 6, Shohola Township, PA 18458.
3. Double Run Nature Trail – Worlds End State Park
Wear sturdy hiking shoes for your hike along the Double Run Nature Trail in Worlds End State Park. The 2.5-mile loop trail presents some challenges, particularly steep areas. However, the hike also promises stellar views of several waterfalls, including Cottonwood Falls.
Worlds End State Park is located at 82 Cabin Bridge Rd., Forksville, PA 18616.
4. Fall Brook Trail – Salt Springs State Park
Admire two majestic waterfalls along the one-mile Fall Brook Trail in Salt Springs State Park. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including flying squirrels and porcupine. Of course, the highlight of the trail is the two waterfalls. Use caution as you hike near the waterfalls, as the trail near both tends to be slippery.
Salt Springs State Park is located at 2305 Salt Springs Rd., Montrose, PA 18801.
5. Meadow Run Trail – Ohiopyle State Park
Get ready for a surprise along Meadow Run Trail in Ohiopyle State Park. The three-mile loop trail will lead you Cucumber Falls and Ohiopyle Falls. Descend a staircase to get to the base of Cucumber Falls. And, admire Ohiopyle Falls from one of several viewing areas. The trail will also take you past the Meadow Run Natural Waterslide. Yes, you
can slide down the gushing natural waterslide.
Ohiopyle Falls is located at 124 Main St., Ohiopyle, PA 15470.
6. Glen Onoko Falls Trail – Jim Thorpe
Glen Onoko Falls Trail promises breathtaking views of Glen Onoko Falls. However, the trail isn't easy nor is it recommended for unskilled hikers. The 3.7 loop trail is rated
difficult. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots as some areas are very slippery. And, remain on the marked trail to avoid slipping and falling. (Unfortunately, deaths have occurred on the trail.)
Glen Onoko Falls is located at Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.
7. Bushkill Falls – Bushkill
Bushkill Falls, a private park in Pennsylvania that requires an admission fee, spans 300 acres and boasts eight stunning waterfalls. It's also earned the title of "Pennsylvania's Niagara Falls." The tallest of the waterfalls, Main Falls, drops a stunning 100 feet. The two-mile, picturesque trail will lead you over footbridges and up staircases.
Bushkill Falls is located at 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA 18324.
8. Dingman Falls – Dingman’s Ferry
Embark on an easy hike or stroll that will lead you straight to the majestic Dingman Falls. The .8-mile loop trail will lead you along wooden boardwalks, culminating in breathtaking views of Pennsylvania's second largest waterfall. Dingman Falls drops a stunning 130 feet, which means you can
hear it before you see it. For a bird's eye view of the waterfall, climb a set of wooden stairs.
Dingman Falls is located at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Headquarters, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.
9. Buttermilk Falls – Beaver Falls
Buttermilk Falls Natural Area offers an easy, picturesque hike to Buttermilk Falls. The hike, which typically takes between five and 15 minutes, will lead you up a stone staircase and past an old quarry. Dip your toes in the cool water of the pool into which the 40-foot waterfall drops. And, admire the waterfall from the base or from above.
Buttermilk Falls Natural Area is located at Route 18 & First Ave. & Homewood Borough, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
10. Slippery Rock Gorge Trail – McConnells Mill State Park
Carry plenty of water (and snacks) with you as you hit the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail. The trail, rated difficult, spans 14.2 miles round trip. However, due to conditions such as slippery surfaces and steep hills, only experienced hikers are advised to use the trail. The rewards, of course, including the breathtaking waterfall.
McConnells Mill State Park is located at 1761 McConnells Mill Rd., Portersville, PA 16051
Have you been on any of these waterfall hikes in Pennsylvania? If so, which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! Then, start planning an epic
road trip to some of PA’s hidden waterfalls.