10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Pennsylvania

Written by Volia Nikaci
Published: May 22, 2022
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There are tons of waterfalls in Pennsylvania because of the mountains, streams, and rivers. In fact, there are thousands of waterfalls all throughout the state. Whether you’re a new hiker or just visiting Pennsylvania, it may be difficult to determine which waterfalls to see first. This isn’t a complete list of Pennsylvania waterfalls, but if you’re looking for the top Pennsylvania waterfalls, you can find them here. We’ve done the hard work of selecting the waterfalls that are most worth your time. 

Let’s check out the best waterfalls in Pennsylvania!

1. Raymondskill Falls

Raymondskill Falls Pennsylvania
Raymondskill Falls has three tiers and is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania.

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Located In:Milford, PA 
Nearby Attractions:Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Animals to See:Black Bears, Canadian Geese 

With a height of 178 feet, Raymondskill Falls is the tallest of all waterfalls in Pennsylvania. The waterfall is in northeastern Pennsylvania, in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. There are three main drops in the falls, but together, they’re higher than Niagara Falls. On a short but steep path, there are several viewing platforms, including one at the summit of the cascade and one in the middle.

2. Ganoga Falls

Ganoga Falls Pennsylvania
Ganoga Falls is the largest waterfall in Ricketts Glen State Park.

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Located In:Sweet Valley, PA
Nearby Attractions:Ricketts Glen State Park
Animals to See:Bald Eagles, Barred Owl 

A 7.2-mile hike in Ricketts Glen State Park takes you to not one, but 22 waterfalls along Kitchen Creek. The smallest stands nine feet tall and the tallest, Ganoga, is 94 feet tall. Some of the waterfalls really merge with one another. There will, however, be a lot of people around since this is a popular waterfall – so don’t expect to meditate in absolute serenity here! 

3. Dingmans Falls

Dingmans Falls Pennsylvania
Dingmans Falls is the second-highest waterfall in Pennsylvania and is located in the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area.

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Located In:Pike County, Pennsylvania
Nearby Attractions:Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Animals to See:Weasels, Bobcats

Dingmans Falls, situated in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, is described as the second tallest among waterfalls in Pennsylvania. This 130-foot waterfall is beautiful. The Dingmans Creek Trail leads visitors to the falls. It’s a boardwalk-style trail that’s approximately half a mile long. The walk culminates in a hike up several staircases to the top of the waterfall.

4. Cucumber Falls 

Cucumber Falls  Pennsylvania
Cucumber Falls is probably the most scenic and photographed waterfall in western Pennsylvania.

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Located In:Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania
Nearby Attractions:Ohiopyle State Park
Animals to See:River Otters, White-tailed Deer

In many aspects, Cucumber Falls is a top waterfall in Pennsylvania. Not only does the water cascade over a 30-foot drop, but it is also very accessible for most people. Ohiopyle State Park is home to at least a half-dozen spectacular waterfalls, including Cucumber Falls. Nonetheless, if you can only see one waterfall in the park, make it this one.

5. Dry Run Falls

Dry Run Falls
The fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest is spectacular.

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Located In:Hillsgrove, PA
Nearby Attractions:Loyalsock State Forest
Animals to See:Wild Turkey, Coyotes

Dry Run Falls, located in Sullivan County’s Loyalsock State Forest, has to be one of the nicest waterfalls in Pennsylvania. Don’t be fooled by the name either because they are one of the few waterfalls in Pennsylvania that never runs out of water. There are two streams of falling water at Dry Run Falls, divided by a jutting piece of granite. Despite the waterfall’s simplicity, it has a lot of character because the two streams flow down at a sharp angle.

6. Bushkill Falls 

Bushkill Falls Pennsylvania
Bushkill Falls, known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” spans around 300 acres and features eight waterfalls.

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Located In:Pocono Mountains
Nearby Attractions:Pocono TreeVentures
Animals to See:Gray Foxes, Weasels

One of Pennsylvania’s most well-known and beautiful attractions is Bushkill Falls, known as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania.” The mountains in the northeastern part of the state offer some terrific hiking opportunities, and the waterfalls only add to the beauty of it all. There are eight waterfalls in this remarkable sequence in the wooded Pocono Mountains, which you can see from a great network of hiking trails and bridges. Bushkill consists of eight waterfalls, the tallest of which is just over 100 feet. They are privately owned; however, they are open to the public.

7. Fulmer Falls 

Fulmer Falls Pennsylvania
Fulmer Falls, at 56 feet, is the tallest waterfall in Childs Park.

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Located In:Pike County, Pennsylvania
Nearby Attractions:George W. Childs Park
Animals to See:White-tailed Deer, Bobcats

Fulmer Falls is the second waterfall in George W. Childs Recreation Area. It is the tallest, standing at 56 feet. Fulmer Falls is easily accessible through a boardwalk. However, if you want to take some of the best photos, you must exit the boardwalk area and do so safely.

8. Quakertown Falls 

Quakertown Falls Pennsylvania
Quaker Falls attracts visitors to Lawrence County’s newly built Quaker Falls Recreation Area, a park still under construction.

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Located In:Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Nearby Attractions:Nockamixon State Park
Animals to See:American Bullfrog, Red-headed Woodpecker 

You’ll find Quaker Falls in Lawrence County, north of Pittsburgh, less than a mile from Ohio. A tiny community near Falling Spring Run used to call this Quakertown because it was settled by Quakers. The waterfall is about 40 feet tall and falls in two drops because there’s a wide shelf separating the two drops.

9. Buttermilk Falls 

Buttermilk Falls Pennsylvania
Originally a private property, Buttermilk Falls was donated to the county in the mid-1990s, which eventually created Buttermilk Falls Natural Area.

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Located In:New Florence, PA
Nearby Attractions:Yellow Creek State Park 
Animals to See:Common Eastern Bumble Bee, Eastern Gray Squirrel

Buttermilk Falls, located a short distance off Route 22 in Indiana County, is one of Pennsylvania’s most legendary waterfalls. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Buttermilk Falls shares its name with at least ten other waterfalls in Pennsylvania as this is a one-of-a-kind waterfall. The land was originally owned by Mister Rogers’ grandfather, Fred McFeely. The 45-foot waterfall is open to the public now and is truly a sight to see. 

10. Dutchman Falls

Located In:Sullivan County
Nearby Attractions:Sullivan County’s Loyalsock State Forest
Animals to See:Flying Squirrels, Hummingbirds 

Dutchman Falls is an impressive two-tiered waterfall along the Loyalsock Trail. Even though you can hear the waterfall from the trail, you can’t see it, so you’ll have to go off-trail. The hike itself isn’t long; however, it is a bit steep. So be prepared for a bit of an adventure to see the beauty of this waterfall. 

Top Ten Best Waterfalls in Pennsylvania

RankWaterfall
1Raymondskill Falls
2Ganoga Falls
3Dingmans Falls
4Cucumber Falls
5Dry Run Falls
6Bushkill Falls
7Fulmer Falls
8Quakertown Falls
9Buttermilk Falls
10Dutchmen Falls


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Quakertown Falls Pennsylvania
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Volia Nikaci is a freelance copywriter and content editor with a passion and expertise in content creation, branding, and marketing. She has a background in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science from CUNY Brooklyn College. When she's not writing she loves traveling, perusing used book stores, and hanging out with her other half.

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