Compared to some regions of the state, there aren’t many waterfalls in the Allegheny National Forest. However, there are a few, and Pigeon Falls is one of my favorites.
Pigeon Falls is located east of Marienville in Forest County, PA. While it’s not especially difficult to reach, it does require a long drive on dirt roads and a two-mile roundtrip hike to get to this beautiful waterfall.
From Marienville, it’s an 8.6-mile drive which starts on East Spruce Street (though the road does change names a few times). Up until the very end of this drive, the road is quite well maintained and reaching the area in a regular car was no issue.
However, the parking area sits on the opposite side of a bridge, and the road leading up to the bridge is very rutted. If you are in a car, I’d recommend parking just prior to the bridge and walking the last two-tenths of a mile to the trailhead (More details about reaching the waterfall can be found below).
From the parking area on the far side of the bridge, cross the road and follow the old dirt road past a gate. The trail is quite overgrown in the beginning but does open up soon after you start down the trail.
Within a short distance, the road ends and the path becomes a narrow trail at a wet stream crossing. This trail is part of the Spring Creek Horse Trail.
The trail winds its way through the forest for a mile to Pigeon Falls. It isn’t very well marked and rather overgrown in places but is easy to follow.
When water levels are higher, this trail can be quite soggy and muddy, so be prepared to get your feet wet. Since it is primarily used as an equestrian trail, also keep an eye out for horse droppings as you hike.
The trail opens up and crosses Pigeon Run just downstream of the falls. At Pigeon Run, there is a sign for Pigeon Falls and a picnic table.
The waterfall is about 150 feet upstream of the main trail, and it is quite easy to reach the base of the falls from the trail.
Pigeon Falls isn’t overly large. In fact, it’s only about 8-10 feet tall. However, the waterfall cascades down a series of drops, which creates an incredibly beautiful scene. There are ample places around the stream to view the waterfall and take photos from, making this a great spot to spend a few minutes relaxing.
Once you are ready to leave, simply retrace your steps for the mile hike back to your car.
How to Get to Pigeon Falls
Pigeon Falls is located on the eastern edge of Forest County, Pennsylvania.
From Marienville, take East Spruce Street (Route 130) for 8.6 miles to the parking area. The main parking area can be found here: 41.459354, -78.969456.
If you are in a regular car, park in the parking area on the left side of the road a few hundred feet prior to the bridge as the road leading up to the bridge is heavily rutted.
The trail to Pigeon Falls is on the left side of the road just after the bridge over Spring Creek.
While the trail leads right up to Pigeon Falls and is easy to follow, here are the waterfall’s coordinates for those that use them: 41.469556, -78.960528.
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