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Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area of Elk County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Waterfalls: Finding Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area

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You know you’ve come across something elusive when you can only find three pictures of it on Google Images. After all, there are more than three photos of “Bigfoot” and “the Loch Ness Monster” on Google. However, finding Table Falls doesn’t require any cryptozoology or risk of ridicule.

I started my trip to Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area of Elk County, Pennsylvania, with a bit of trepidation. I had found coordinates for the waterfall online that indicated it was located quite close to a windy dirt road. However, while mentioning my plans to a local, he commented, “Yeah, I know that waterfall. I went there once. I had to hike up over a mountain and then back down, following the stream and bushwhacking my way downhill until I came to the waterfall.”

“What have I gotten myself into,” I thought nervously.

Despite his troubles finding the waterfall, I was eager for an adventure. Confident in my information, I plugged the coordinates into my GPS and headed out.

Eventually, my GPS told me to turn off the Quehanna Highway and onto a narrow dirt road that snaked its way through the forest. Cut into the hillside, Red Run Road is one of the most fear-inducing dirt roads I’ve come across in Pennsylvania.

Not only is there a steep drop-off on one side of the road, but I doubt there is room for two cars to easily pass in many places. This is definitely a road that I would under no circumstances take when it was covered with snow and ice.

After driving for a few minutes, I finally came to a bend in the road and stopped my car. According to my GPS, I had arrived. Looking around, I noticed a small stream that tumbled down the mountain, went under the road, and then continued down the mountain below me.

The next challenge was to find the waterfall. I had no idea whether to head upstream or downstream. Both were shrouded by the thick second-growth forest that surrounded the area, but I was fortunately able to just make out the waterfall sitting about 50 feet below the road.

A series of cascades on Paige Run above Table Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

A series of cascades on Paige Run above Table Falls.

Once I knew where the waterfall was, getting down to it was pretty easy. Given the lack of people visiting Table Falls, there was no clear trail down to the waterfall. However, there is a small game trail that heads downhill towards the stream.

Because of the large amount of underbrush and the short hike, Table Falls is more of a photographer’s waterfall than a hiker’s waterfall. It’s not the type of place that I would take a picnic or plan on doing any swimming. However, if you like taking photos of waterfalls, Table Falls really is something special.

As Paige Run tumbles down the mountainside, it passes over a large, flat rock before falling roughly five feet down to the rocks below. Like most waterfalls in PA, Table Falls is best photographed during the spring or after a heavy rainfall.

Without a doubt, Table Falls is one of the most photographic waterfalls I’ve had the pleasure of visiting in Pennsylvania.

Getting to Table Run Falls

While Table Falls is little known, if you know where you are going, it really isn’t all that elusive, as long as you are willing to walk for a few minutes down a forested hill.

Located in the Quehanna Wild Area of Elk County, near the Marion Brooks Natural Area and the abandoned nuclear jet bunkers, Table Falls is located about 1.5 miles off of Quehanna Highway along Red Run Road (Make sure you take Red Run Road and not Forest Road which veers off near the start of the road you want).

The waterfall is located at a u-bend in the road where Paige Run crosses under Red Run Road with guardrails on both sides. There is no parking lot at the falls, but there are several areas where cars can pull off to the side of the road, located at 41.270556, -78.247065.

Facing downstream from the middle of the u-bend, head to the left side of the stream and walk downhill through the brush for about 2 minutes until you get to the waterfall.

Given its remote location, there is no address that you can use. However, if you put the following coordinates into your favorite GPS, you should have no problem finding it (I used both Apple Maps and Google Maps with no issues).

The coordinates are 41.270786, -78.247052.

Want to see more of Pennsylvania’s best waterfalls? Check out our Pennsylvania Waterfalls page! Yost Run Falls is a nearby option.

[Click here for information on how to use the coordinates in this article to find your destination.]

See map below for other area attractions.

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AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited, written about, and photographed all 67 counties in the state. He has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.

13 Comments

  • Gran Canaria Local

    What an adventure. We love visiting out-of-the-way places. Yes, we’ve found them on Gran Canaria too, despite the island being only roughly the same size as Greater London.

  • Edith Gonzalez

    in Quehanna area on route 879 is a beautiful site to see. There is a monument where there is many acres of white birch growing. The monument tells where Marion Brooks once owned this land. I don’t remember all the details but it is a thing of beautiful. We go there often and take beautiful pictures. If you are traveling from Clearfield on rt. 879 about 20 miles or so. You will go past Quehanna boot camp and after you will see very large stones along side the road that someone put numbers on for mile markers .The numbers go from 1 to 10 . Between number 9 marker and 10 is where the white birch trees are with the monument. There is a long row of pine trees and than a large pull off spot to pull over and get out to take pictures. It is a real thing of beauty. Anyone who likes nature would love to see this.

    • Jim Cheney

      Sounds like a special spot. Thanks for sharing, Edith. The Quehanna Wild Area really is one of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful places, I think.

  • Lynda McCracken

    There is also Three Falls in the same area. Three runs rd to Round Island road to Stone Chimney Camp the a hike along the power lines to the stream. Call 814-765-1410 for more accurate directions. Or QIDC.

    • Jim Cheney

      Thanks, Lynda. Heard good things about those waterfalls, but I haven’t had a chance to visit them yet. Hope to sometime soon.

  • Kimberly Labate

    There are a few beauties in Ralston, PA On Tioga state forest land in an area referred to as Rock Run. If you want to check out some beautiful country and gorgeous hiking, including some ruins from an old mining village and an old and hidden, and clearly forgotten, cemetery from the 1800’s full of children that died during an epidemic that hit the mining village there is a great campground to stay in called Sheshequin campground. The owners will happily give clear directions on how to find some of the amazing history hidden in that mountain!

  • Brian Wayne

    Great place to visit! However the falls on Wykoff run are equal if not more interesting. They can be found along wykoff run road, also three springs is awesome, also in that neck of the woods.

    • Jim Cheney

      The small waterfall on Wykoff Run is quite nice. Certainly a better one to check out when water levels aren’t high.

  • bob bell

    hello Jim Nice shots of the table rock falls , I know this area well do a lot of native trout fishing in Paige Run and farter down in Red Run. Not sure when you took these pics , but a large tree came down over the falls about 5 years ago
    and the falls are partially blocked now by it.Great area just the same

    • Jim Cheney

      This picture was taken in May 2013, so after that tree came down. Is it the one to the left of the falls?

  • bob bell

    hello Jim , sorry been a while since I was on here, yes it appears someone took the time
    to cut it up and move it over.It had been completely blocked as I was there a year after it fell
    and thought the spot was altered for ever.

  • Bob Kearney

    Hi Jim, I first saw this post last winter and finally got the chance to visit the falls. It’s bigger than I thought it would be. Thanks for the info. I got some good pictures that I’ll post on my facebook page if you’re interested. Check out Hector Falls if you get the chance.

    • Jim Cheney

      That’s great. Hector Falls is a good one. Only been once, but I’d love to go back again.

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