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Pennsylvania Waterfalls: Visiting Springfield Falls in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

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.

Visiting Springfield Falls in Mercer County, Pennsylvania

A quick photo with my phone gave Springfield Falls a bit more definition on this day.

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.

Scroll down to see a map with the exact location of Springfield Falls.

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AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.

10 Comments

  • tom wright

    lived near the falls when i was a kid.played at the falls daily in the summer!! lots of memories hanging out there

    • Jim Cheney

      Seems like it would be a fun place to play, Tom. At least as long as the water wasn’t running as high as it was when I visited.

  • Matt

    This was my old stomping grounds. Love it here. I have a couple pictures if you want. One of the falls and one of the stream back along the path downhill from the falls.

  • Lynne Brown

    I have visited this falls many times through my life and I just love it! I went there as a teenager, an adult, and then took my daughter there. I have walked it down to where Hunter’s Run meanders it way into a slow moving creek. You have to be very cautious here. The trail can have deep drop offs on the sides,and walking down to the bottom of the falls could be done,but only if your in good shape. Years ago someone wanted to turn the nearby property into a type of inn with a dining area near the bottom of the falls.Many people thankfully stopped this. Bruno’s Diamond Jewelry did buy the property and sells jewelry made from the the ore found on the site of the falls. A historical excavation was done, and evidence of a mill was found here. I can’t remember exactly the type of mill or what exactly it was used for, but it did have to do with ore. I am overdue for a visit! P.S. Stay on the path.I remember seeing a snake long ago and it wasn’t a garter snake.

  • David Diffenderfer

    It is a beautiful falls but access has been largely destroyed by commercial ventures. I loved the place as a kid but would not bother with it any longer. There are to many wonderful falls with no restrictions on access.

    • Jim Cheney

      You can still access the falls without an issue. The far bank is off limits, but that doesn’t really impact the enjoyment of the falls, in my opinion. There are a lot of great waterfalls in the state, though. I do have to agree with you on that.

  • Mollie Lyon

    What about the jewelry store now at the base? We stopped a few years ago and that surprised me. I was an adult before I knew about the falls. I live in Mercer County.

    • Jim Cheney

      The jewelry store is on a hill on the far side of the falls. While the falls and one bank are located on public property, the far side of the creek does have no trespassing signs.

  • Mary Ringer Harding

    I lived near the falls as a kid. People from all over would come to get water as it was the best around. Behind the falls is a cave. Tom and I spent a lot of hours fishing at the bottom of the falls. The last time I was there, I found my I name had been carved in a tree with an old friends from when we were kids. I have a large piece of the stone that they now make jewelry from. So many good memories from the place I call home.

  • Larry Bruno

    Bruno Fine Jewelers sits overlooking the Springfield Waterfall and the Historic Springfield Iron Furnace. The Furnace took local Iron Ore and made Pig Iron which then could me made into many different items like Cast Iron Stoves or Farm Equipment just as an example. This furnace was the first in Mercer County and dates back to 1837-1862. Reported to have a 38 ft. waterwheel at the base of the waterfall to power blowing tubs forcing air into the Furnace to get it hot enough to melt the local Iron Ore. The byproduct (slag) which is quite Beautiful is what Bruno’s make into fine jewelry giving people a piece of history to enjoy. An ongoing Archaeological Dig by Professor John White has brought back a significant piece of history to our area. Not only do we have a Beautiful Waterfall but a Historic part of Mercer County.

    More information can be found at our website; brunojewelry.com

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