Just half a mile from the Ohio border, Quakertown Falls might be the westernmost waterfall in Pennsylvania. Located along Falling Spring Run, this area used to be known to a small community as Quakertown, since several of the first residents were Quakers. I’ve heard that there are a few ruins and gravestones in the surrounding woods, but didn’t come across anything myself.
While Quakertown Falls is located less than 100 yards from the road, its location in a deep, forested gorge makes it impossible to see. In fact, I’m sure nearly every driver along that road passes by oblivious to the beauty that exists mere yards from their car.
The waterfall itself is roughly 40 feet tall and falls in two drops, thanks to a large shelf in the middle of the drop. Other than possibly Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County, I can’t think of any other waterfall in Pennsylvania that looks anything like Quakertown Falls. The waterfall also had a very green plunge pool beneath it. I have no idea if this is a natural coloration to the water from plants, or the result of industrial runoff, but it added another unique and beautiful touch to the falls.
While it is located close to the road, getting down and back up from Quakertown Falls is a bit tricky. There are several narrow trails down the hillside, but none of them are especially easy. However, if you can negotiate the somewhat difficult hike, and climbing over some of the fallen trees at the waterfall’s base, this one is well-worth the trouble to see.
Unfortunately, Quakertown Falls is now posted and surrounded by a fence. I’m told that this is because someone was injured here and the utility company that owns it decided to shut down access. This is a shame as it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve visited in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the land has now been purchased by the county and will be again open to the public sometime in 2019.
After checking out the waterfall, I decided to venture downstream to see if there was anything else worth seeing. Movement was challenging at times, thanks to debris along the creek, but I followed the creek for several hundred yards. In the end, I didn’t see anything of note, though it was a very beautiful hike and well-worth the effort simply to see the beauty of the area.
How to Get to Quakertown Falls
Unfortunately, Quakertown Falls is now posted as private property. Because of this, I have removed specific directions to this waterfall, but have kept the page and photos up for historical purposes. Please respect the property owners rights and do not visit this waterfall.