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Did you know that Pennsylvania has hidden waterfalls?
If you want to escape the hot temperatures and crowds, explore the stunning waterfalls this state has to offer.
From north to south you have the choice between around 180 bodies of water. Here is a list of places to start your adventure.
Waterfalls at Sycamore Mills Dam
Ridley Creek State Park
Ridley Creek State Park is surrounded by more than 2,600 acres of Delaware County forest and grassland. It is an oasis of open space near an urban area.
The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. To get to the waterfall, go straight through the park’s gate, which is on the right.
Miles from Philadelphia: 16 miles
Mill Creek Falls
Enjoy a short walk to this unique York County waterfall. Overall, the hike is only about 5 minutes from the parking lot, but visitors are rewarded with a beautiful 25-foot waterfall.
Miles from Philadelphia: 22.7 miles
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Located in the townships of Washington, Pine Grove, and Schuylkill County, the park is open to the public to enjoy the natural beauty and activities like hiking, fishing, and boating that have been enjoyed for generations.
The park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Miles from Philadelphia: 99.4 miles
Tumbling Waters Waterfall
Tumbling Waters Trail
The difficulty of this hike is moderate, but you can enjoy scenic views of the Delaware River Valley and more on the 3-mile trail to the waterfall.
Keep in mind that swimming and wading is restricted within 50 feet of the falls upstream.
Miles from Philadelphia: 120.2 miles
Experience this 0.6 mile loop near Shohola, Pennsylvania. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 14 minutes to complete.
The trail is open all year round and is always nice to visit. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Miles from Philadelphia: 148.1 miles
Salt Springs State Park
The 850-acre park has miles of hiking trails and an interesting history. However, most come to see the beautiful falls along the Fall Brook Trail, which starts at Wheaton House, where the park offices are located.
Miles from Philadelphia: 172.1 miles
Trough Creek State Park
This year-round park is known for its natural and geological beauty. It is the only waterfall around Raystown Lake. The hotel is located on the Balanced Rock Trail, about a quarter mile from the freeway.
Cross the suspension bridge and follow the mossy rhododendron trail along the river to a waterfall in the Raystown Lake region.
Miles from Philadelphia: 198.3 miles
Buttermilk Falls Natural Area
This site features an impressive 45-foot waterfall and scenic forest that is part of Hires Run.
It is important to know that this area is vulnerable to plants and animals. To conserve natural resources, it is recommended to stay within the stair and landing areas.
Miles from Philadelphia: 270.2 miles
Jonathan Run falls
Ohiopyle State Park
Located at the southern end of Laurel Ridge, the attraction serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands and is impressive and fairly easy to get to. The trail is 1.7 miles long and you can see several waterfalls during your hike.
Spend the night under the stars at the Kentuck Campground with ample options for activities.
Open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Miles from Philadelphia: 272.0 miles
Pigeon Run falls
Allegheny National Forest
This beautiful and secluded waterfall is accessible via the 2-mile Pigeon Run Falls Trail near Marienville, better known as Forest County. It is the perfect place for bird watching, fishing and hiking of all levels.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
Miles from Philadelphia: 298.9 miles
Wintergreen Canyon Waterfall
Part of the Greater Erie Regional Trail Network, Wintergreen Gorge Waterfall has retained its charm thanks to Penn State Behrend students.
This scenic waterfall is located at the east end of Four Mile Creek, a tributary of Lake Erie.
Miles from Philadelphia: 373.4 miles