Pennsylvania is popular for its natural beauty and fascinating scenery. From the lush green landscape to rushing waters down the stream, the state has a lot to offer to the nature enthusiasts. Key among the most visited places in Pennsylvania are the waterfalls. Some of the waterfalls can be seen from the comfort of the car while others require one to walk through the trails and thickets to see them. Most of the waterfalls descend from the Poconos Mountains. Here are some of the most stunning waterfalls in Pennsylvania.
10. Catlin Brook Falls
Catlin Brook, a tributary of North Branch Mehoopany Creek, has stunning and beautiful-to-watch waterfalls. The waterfall is located in Wyoming County of Pennsylvania. Despite being small and steep, Catlin Brook has a number of waterfalls of which some of the waterfalls are inaccessible. The source of Catlin Brook is an unnamed lake on top of Bartlett Mountain.
9. Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls is a group of eight waterfalls. The tallest of the eight falls is approximately 100 feet. They are located in the Pocono Mountains, in Northeast Pennsylvania.The falls have been nicknamed Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania.The river begins at the Little Bushkill Creek and waters cascade down the Poconos and head towards the Delaware River. Bushkill Falls a private property owned by the Peters Family. They charge an entry fee to the park. The park was opened to the general public in 1904. Before 1904, the public was barred from accessing the falls. Bird watching and hiking are popular activities carried out at Bushkill Falls.
8. Hells Hollow Falls
Hell’s Hollow Falls is located in McConnell’s Mill State Park in Portersville.The park officially became a State Park in October 1957. The area around the falls is endowed with variety of wildflowers and animal habitats, making it even a more striking scenery. The falls are approximately 20 feet deep. It is the deepest and the largest fall in the McConnell’s Mill State Park in terms of water volume. Hiking is an ideal activity in the Hell’s Hollow Falls.
7. Raymondskill Falls
Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. The falls comprises of a series of three waterfalls situated in Raymondskill Creek in Pennsylvania. The three falls have a combined height of approximately 46 meters. The falls is within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The upper viewing point of the falls provides a better view of the falls, as one will be able to see how the water drops down. However, to take a photo of the falls, the lower viewing point is recommended. The trail of the falls is uneven and steep. For this reason, wading and swimming is not advisable in the falls.
6. Ganoga Falls
Ganoga Falls is located in Ricketts Glen State Park. The falls is approximately 94 feet. It is the tallest waterfall in the Ricketts Glen State Park. Ganoga Falls is the fourth fall on a series of falls cascading from the Ganoga Glen. The lower viewing point enables you to view the waterfall better than the upper viewing point. The lower rocks of the falls are almost vertical. The upper rocks are steep. This is a popular waterfall not only in the park, but also in the whole of Pennsylvania with large crowds of people hiking or viewing it most of the time. Hiking is the most popular activity around the falls.
5. Dingmans Falls
Dingmans Waterfall is located close to the Silverthread Falls in Delaware Township. It is approximately 130 feet tall, the second tallest fall in Pennsylvania. It is one of the easiest waterfalls to access in Pennsylvania. It has easy to traverse trails, wooden walkovers, and bridges which makes its accessibility less stressful. Thus, hiking at the falls is very popular. The vegetation around the falls is very beautiful. There are a variety of wildflowers and evergreen plants. This makes the falls look even more beautiful.
4. Silverthread Falls
Silverthread Falls is situated in Dingmans Ferry, Delaware Township in the Pike County. It is 80 feet tall. The water falls in a thin thread, compared to several other falls, hence its name.The scenery around the falls is stunning to watch. The area is covered with green vegetation and is a habitat for various animals, mainly birds. The falls result in a cool breeze and formation mist around it. There are benches where one can sit while enjoying the stunning view before them. Hiking is a popular activity at the Silverthread Falls.
3. Factory Falls
Factory Falls is situated within the George W. Childs Recreation Site which is in Dingmans Ferry. It attracts an overwhelming number of people annually. The reason large number of people is attracted to the Factory falls is its beauty and the great vegetation around it. The falls is also easily accessible. One can get to the rocks just next to the waters, or in the waters. Its accessibility has been rated at 9/10, way higher than most falls, another reason why it is one of the most popular falls in Pennsylvania.
2. Fulmer Falls
Downstream, just a short distance from Factory Falls, is the Fulmer Falls. It is 56 feet tall and is the largest and tallest waterfalls in The George W. Childs Park, though its size is almost the same as that of the Factory Falls. The most intriguing thing about the Fulmer Falls is that the creek falls into a semi-circular shaped basin, before continuing its path downstream. The steepness of the rocks makes it quite tricky for one to get a good view of the falls. One has to move a few meters from the wooden pathway to get the best view of the falls.
1. Deer Leap Falls
Deer Leap falls is also situated in George W Childs Park alongside Factory Falls and Fulmer Fall. It is located downstream from Fulmer Falls. There is a bridge built across the falls that enables one to have a better view of the falling waters. At the bottom of the walls, a large yet shallow pool is formed. Activities such as swimming, wading, and cliff jumping are not allowed in the pool and the waterfall due to the dangers that one is exposed to at the falls.