Pennsylvania Waterfalls: Visiting Springfield Falls in Mercer County
From the photos I had seen online, Springfield Falls (also known as Leesburg Falls) in Mercer County looked like one of the most interesting waterfalls in Pennsylvania. At roughly 25-feet high and 40-feet wide, Springfield Falls was unique for having a width that nearly doubled its height. There are a few other waterfalls in Pennsylvania that have this same distinction, but they are certainly uncommon.
I drove up to the parking areas eager to visit the waterfall. It had rained quite hard the night before, and I was hoping that the extra water and cloudy sky would create perfect conditions for photographing the falls. However, that wasn’t the case on this day.
While many waterfalls look best at times of high water (like Table Falls or Cucumber Falls), other waterfalls lose all of their character when photographed in very high water. Springfield Falls is one of the latter. Normally, Springfield Falls offers a scenic rock face with several tiers of falls. However, when I visited, the entire waterfall was overrun with dirty water rushing off the entire edge, leaving little to be seen of the waterfall’s unique look.
The high water also made it dangerous to enter the stream to get a good angle on the falls. So, when you are planning a trip to Springfield Falls, it might be best to visit when there hasn’t been any rain for a few days. Otherwise, your photos might end up like mine did.
However, when the water is low, Springfield Falls can be a fantastic waterfall to visit. Located just a few miles from where I-79 meets I-80, Springfield Falls is easy to reach for those traveling through western Pennsylvania. If you’re visiting Mercer or Grove City, it’s even easier as it’s only a few miles from the downtown of both towns.The waterfall itself is located only about 100 feet from the parking area on state game lands. Views overlooking the waterfall from above are quite easy to reach. However, if you want to get down to the waterfall, that’s another story. A steep ravine is the only access to the falls. And, while it’s possible to get to the bottom, it certainly isn’t the easiest waterfall to reach, especially if you carry a camera and tripod like I do.
However, it is possible to get a clear view of the falls from the top of the ravine, and given how close this waterfall is to several major highways, I definitely don’t think the steep ravine should deter you from visiting.
For those who do make it to the bottom, it’s worth noting that there are several “No Trespassing” signs on the far bank of the stream. Since it’s hard to know exactly where the state game lands end and the private property starts, it’s best to use caution if you decide to enter the stream to take photographs or just to cool off.
Overall, Springfield Falls is a great waterfall to visit because it feels secluded despite being close to several major roads. Just make sure you plan ahead before visiting this Pennsylvania waterfall. I know I will before I visit again!
How to get to Springfield Falls in Mercer County
Getting to Springfield Falls in Mercer County is rather simple since it is located near the intersection of I-79 and I-80. No matter which way you come, you’ll find yourself on Highway 19. If you’re driving south on Highway 19, those coming from I-80 or Mercer, you’ll want to turn left onto Leesburg Station Rd. If you’ve driving north on Highway 19, from Grove City or I-79, you’ll turn right onto the same road.
After less than a quarter-mile, Leesburg Station road will make a nearly 90° turn, with Falls Road going straight. Take Falls Road for a few hundred feet until you cross over a small bridge. The dirt parking area will be on your right as soon as you cross the bridge at approximately the following coordinates: 41.143807, -80.217518.
From the parking area, cross over Falls Road and follow the path to the top of the waterfall. While you can’t see the waterfall from the road, you can hear it and can reach the ravine’s edge in less than a minute of walking down the path.
While visiting Springfield Falls, make sure you use caution at the ravine’s edge or if you decide to climb down to the stream below. Also make sure to respect the “No Trespassing” signs in the area.
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