Of all the waterfalls I’ve visited in Pennsylvania, I don’t think I’ve come across one that seems as much like a hidden garden as Bowman Hollow Falls. Not that you would ever find yourself on the access road to the waterfall, but if you did, you could drive right by the waterfall hundreds of times and never even know it’s there. In fact, the waterfall is so unknown, that I can only find two photos of it on Google, making it even less photographed than Table Falls in Elk County.
At roughly 40-feet tall, the water cascades off the cliffs of Bowman Hollow into the large gorge below the falls. The rock has been carved in such a way to create a number of shoots and flumes for the water to slide down on its way to the creek below.
Given the waterfall’s position in a u-shaped hollow with steep cliffs on three sides, this waterfall really does feel like it’s some amazing secret garden of sorts. In fact, in some ways, at least on the dreary day that I visited, it reminded me to an extent of Oneonta Gorge in Oregon. The lushness of the gorge and the quietness of the area really made me feel like I had entered into some other world at the end of the path.
It’s unfortunate that this waterfall isn’t more accessible, because it has the potential to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Pennsylvania when the water is flowing at a nice clip.
How to get to Bowman Hollow Falls
Note: I have been informed that this waterfall is on private property and have been asked to remove the directions to it. Please respect the property rights of the owner and simply enjoy these pictures instead of trying to visit it for yourself.