Pennsylvania has hundreds of beautiful waterfalls scattered throughout the entire state. However, many of these waterfalls are hidden away in public lands, far from the nearest parking area.So, what if you want to see waterfalls, but don’t like the outdoors, can’t hike, or just want to see something quickly? Fortunately, there are several great waterfalls in PA that are perfect for those that want a waterfall that requires little or no effort to visit.
All 10 of the waterfalls listed below are either visible from the parking lot or require a short, easy walk along a very wide and established path. No matter how much you hate hiking, these easily accessible Pennsylvania waterfalls are great choices!
Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County
Not only is Dry Run Falls in Loyalsock State Forest one of my favorite waterfalls, but it’s also one of the most accessible. In fact, you could view this waterfall from inside your car and not miss much.
Of course, that’s not to say that it isn’t worth getting a closer look, which you can do within 50 feet of your car. If you want an even closer look, getting to the bottom of this waterfall is quite easy, though it does require a very short, but somewhat steep descent along a narrow trail.
This waterfall is located deep in the forest, but since a typical car can handle the road (as long as there is no snow or ice), I’ve included it on this list.
East Park Falls in Fayette County
East Park in Connellsville is a bit of the radar but offers two fantastic waterfalls that can be seen from the road. Each drop of East Park Falls is about 8 feet in height, and they separated by about 50 feet. Those wanting to get a closer look can walk up 100 feet up the short, wide, and level path to the top of the waterfalls.
Dingmans Falls in Pike County
Located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation in the Pennsylvania Poconos, Dingmans Falls is a great one for people who love waterfalls but hate hiking. While this one does require a few minutes of walking, it’s along a wide and flat wooden boardwalk through the woods.
Even better, you’ll pass Silver Thread Falls, another easily accessible Pennsylvania waterfall on your way to Pennsylvania’s second tallest waterfall.
Two waterfalls for the effort of one! What’s better for those who love waterfalls but don’t want to hike?
Adams Falls in Luzerne County
Ricketts Glen State Park in Luzerne County is home to 21 awesome waterfalls. And, while many of them are only visible to those interested in hiking the 7.2 mile-long Falls Trail, one is easily visible for almost everyone: Adams Falls.
Located about 100 yards from the Evergreen Parking Lot on Route 118, Adams Falls cascades through a chute and is considered by many to be the most beautiful waterfall in the park. It does require walking along a somewhat uneven path, but the trail is wide and relatively flat, making this an easy waterfall to visit.
Ohiopyle Falls in Fayette County
Ohiopyle Falls is another great option for those looking for easy-to-reach waterfalls in Pennsylvania. Located in the heart of the borough of Ohiopyle and Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle Falls is located steps from a large parking area.
Even better, this waterfall has a great viewing platform to see this powerful falls from. When you’re done viewing the waterfall, you can walk into the new Ohiopyle Visitor Center or head into town.
Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County
There are at least seven waterfalls in Pennsylvania known as Buttermilk Falls, however, none are easier to reach than Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County.
Located just off of I-76 in western Pennsylvania, the top of Beaver Falls is located less than 100 yards from a small parking area next to a beautiful white church. The road to get up to the church is a bit rough but isn’t too difficult in a standard car.
Those wanting a closer look at the falls will have to walk about 5-7 minutes through the forest at the bottom of the hill, but even this trail is fairly easy for those that don’t like hiking.
Fallingwater in Fayette County
One of the most famous homes in Pennsylvania, Fallingwater, is also home to one of the easiest to view waterfalls in PA.
Located just down the road from Ohiopyle State Park, Fallingwater is the creation of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most famous architects. The home that he built over Bear Run Falls is known the world over for its beauty and elegance.
It’s true that the view above requires a tiny amount of very worthwhile hiking, but there are still several places where you can view the falls and the home without breaking a sweat.
Big Run Falls in Sullivan County
There are more than 20 waterfalls scattered around State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, and many of them require very difficult hikes to reach. However, for those that don’t want to go hiking, Big Run Falls in a great choice!
Located directly along Jameson City Road, the dirt road that passes through the game lands, this waterfall can be seen without even stopping your car. If you want to get a closer look, pull your car off to the side of the road and have a look at this beautiful waterfall from the road.
If you’re feeling like a bit of an adventure, Sullivan Falls is located just down the road and is accessible with a 3-minute hike through the woods.
Springfield Falls in Mercer County
Springfield Falls is tucked away on the edges of State Game Lands 284 in Mercer County, PA. While it’s not visible from the small dirt parking area, it can be heard from there.
The top of Springfield Falls is located only about one minute from the parking area. And, while there isn’t a trail per se, the area is quite open with very little ground cover.
If you want to see Springfield Falls from downstream, simply walk a bit further along the creek. While the ground is a bit uneven, it’s not difficult walking. It’s worth noting, however, that getting down to the falls can be quite difficult, even for experienced hikers. Fortunately, the view from the top is quite lovely.
Hinkston Run Falls near Johnstown
Located just north of Johnstown, Hinkston Run Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of western Pennsylvania. What’s great, though, is that it’s located directly next to the road meaning you don’t even have to leave your car to get the best possible view of this 60-foot waterfall.
While the waterfall isn’t natural, it falls off a natural cliff and was created in the early 1900s when the lake was constructed just upstream of the falls.
From this quiet dirt road, you can enjoy the falls from your car or pull off the road for a quick look, but note that the area closest to the falls is private property, so make sure to stay on the side of the road when visiting.
Want to see more waterfalls in Pennsylvania? Check out our Pennsylvania Waterfalls page to see visit recaps and recommendations for dozens of waterfalls around the state.
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