The Ultimate Western Pennsylvania Waterfall Road Trip Is Here And It’s A Beautiful Adventure

We recently brought you the ultimate eastern Pennsylvania waterfall road trip, and of course we didn’t want to leave out the western part of the state. Here’s a second epic waterfall road trip in Western Pennsylvania. We’ll begin about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, on the Ohio border at Quakertown Falls, and circle in a loop counter-clockwise around Pittsburgh. The total trip is about eight hours driving time. Consider making it into a weekend journey, so you have time to hike and enjoy each location. Here’s the Google Maps route for your use.

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Big Run Falls in New Castle


Big Run Falls is a unique location on our trip because the waterfall is manmade. and can be found in New Castle’s Cascade Metropark. The park used to be an amusement park.

Would you add any other waterfalls to this waterfall road trip in Western Pennsylvania? Which ones? Let us know in the comments! If you don’t have time for a road trip but really want to see waterfalls, visit Ricketts Glen State Park, home to 21 waterfalls.

Address: Hillsville, PA 16116, USA
Address: Cucumber Falls, Stewart Township, PA 15431, USA
Address: 770 Linn Run Rd, Rector, PA 15677, USA
Address: 930 Brownstown Rd, Apollo, PA 15613, USA
Address: 319-, 835 Rockland Station Rd, Kennerdell, PA 16374, USA
Address: Springfield Falls, PA 16156, USA
Address: New Castle, PA 16101, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center

waterfall road trip in western pennsylvania

September 04, 2020

What are the best waterfall hikes in Pennsylvania?

Most Pennsylvanians would likely agree that some of the best waterfalls in Pennsylvania can be found at Ricketts Glen State Park. The sprawling state park is home to 21 waterfalls, all of which you can see on the seven-mile Falls Trail. While the trail is considered difficult (and is closed in the winter), it’s definitely rewarding. Among the waterfalls along the trail are the 94-foot Ganoga Falls. If the Falls Trail is a bit too much, set off on the Highland Trail, which measures just over three miles. You can also catch a glimpse of all 21 waterfalls on the trail.

What can I do with kids in Pennsylvania?

Everyone loves waterfalls, right? Not sure where to see waterfalls in Pennsylvania? Bring the kiddos along to Ohiopyle State Park, which boasts three waterfalls. To reach Cucumber Falls, simply walk down a set of stairs. You can even walk behind the waterfall and feel the mist of the water as it cascades down. Less than a mile from Cucumber Falls, you’ll find Ohiopyle Falls, another easy-to-reach waterfall. Take a peek at the waterfalls from the Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center or from one of the viewing areas. Ohiopyle State Park is also home to Jonathan Run Falls.

Which state parks should I visit in Pennsylvania?

For some of the best waterfalls in Pennsylvania, you’ll definitely want to visit Ricketts Glen State Park and Ohiopyle State Park. The picturesque Salt Springs State Park, in Montrose, is another top destination if you like waterfalls. It’s home to several waterfalls, which you’ll arrive at via the one-mile Fallbrook Trail. Although it’s not a state park, Bushkill Falls is also a must-visit destination for waterfall fans. Stroll along one of the trails that leads to eight flowing waterfalls. (There is an admission fee for Bushkill Falls, as it’s a private park.)

Address: Hillsville, PA 16116, USA
Address: Cucumber Falls, Stewart Township, PA 15431, USA
Address: 770 Linn Run Rd, Rector, PA 15677, USA
Address: 930 Brownstown Rd, Apollo, PA 15613, USA
Address: 319-, 835 Rockland Station Rd, Kennerdell, PA 16374, USA
Address: Springfield Falls, PA 16156, USA
Address: New Castle, PA 16101, USA