Pennsylvania Waterfalls: How to Get to Quakertown Falls near New Castle

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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.

How to get to quakertown falls near New Castle, Pennsylvania
Quakertown Falls has a large logjam in front of it, but is still quite beautiful.

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.

How to get to Quakertown Falls in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Quakertown Falls is most likely the westernmost waterfall in Pennsylvania.

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.

Waterfall on Falling Stream Run near New Castle, Pennsylvania.
A small cascade on Falling Stream Run downstream of Quakertown Falls.

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.

If you’re looking for nearby waterfalls, consider Big Run FallsHells Hollow Falls, Springfield Falls, and Buttermilk Falls, which are all just a short drive away.

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7 thoughts on “Pennsylvania Waterfalls: How to Get to Quakertown Falls near New Castle”

  1. If you go down further theres another water fall. It takes about five minutes of walking down stream to get to it but is so worth it!

  2. I visited this site this past weekend, and there are many “No Trespassing – Private Property” signs now posted all across the gravel parking area. They have been several accidents associated with the falls in the past few weeks. So Penn Power (the owner of the property) is stepping up its vigilance with many signs and police patrols. So it is now posted as Private Property, so enter at you own risk, good chance the police will find you. 8/20/2016

    • That’s a shame to hear. When I visited, there were some kids standing very close to the upper rim, so it’s not surprising to hear that people have had accidents there.

      Can anyone else confirm this for me? Unless I hear directly from the property owner, I like to get a second source before updating an article.

      • I can confirm. The property is now heavily posted. The whole way around the falls and property. Lots of signs and plainly visible. A young man fell and suffered serious injuries this summer. The signs went up not long after.

  3. So sad:-( We drove 100 miles to see this waterfall. About a mile to the east on 224, we spotted the first no trespassing sign on the north shoulder. Every 100 feet or so, another one. When we got to the GPS coordinates, there was nowhere to park on the right. We pulled over to the left, deciding that we would at least try to get a glimpse of the falls. We could hear the falls, and soon saw why the signs are up. Thanks to the disgusting, littering pigs who left behind not just beer cans, pop cans, condoms, shirts, underwear, and towels, but even whole bags of garbage! Who does such a thing??? Because of a few slobs, the rest of us are denied this view.

    • People don’t respect things any more. Tge place was trashed when I filmed my youtube video this summer. It was closed off due to injury.

  4. I feel off the trail as a child, but luckily was not hurt. The cemetery at that time (in late 1960’s early 1970) was in bad shape. I do not understand why it has not been named as a historical landmark or some other designation to have it preserved. I do remember from reading the worn headstones that many had died around the same time.

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