Waterfalls of Pennsylvania:
The Laurel Highlands

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Waterfalls of the Mid-Atlantic States
To be published spring 2004
The Countryman Press

    The southern reaches of the Allegheny Mountains highlight this region. An aerial view looks something like a washboard, with elongate ridges and broad valleys running from southwest to northeast. The southern parts of these ridges include the highest mountains in Pennsylvania, culminating at 3,213-foot Mt. Davis in Forbes State Forest.

    The narrow ridges here don’t have enough area to collect much water, and falls coming off the mountains are generally small. With the exception of those found at Ohiopyle State Park, the waterfalls in the region are probably not “destination” falls, but grace-notes to other attractions.


Jacobs Creek Falls
Westmoreland County

Bear Run Falls
Fayette County


The Cascades
Ohiopyle State Park
Fayette County

Ohiopyle Falls

Jonathan Run

Cucumber Falls

The Slides

Cucumber Falls


  Cole Run Falls
Forbes State Forest
  Somerset County

Paint (Sandy) Falls
  Somerset County

  Rainbow Falls
  Trough Creek State Park
  Huntingdon County

  Jarrett Falls
State Game Lands
Fulton County


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Waterfalls of the Mid-Atlantic States
Waterfalls of the
Mid-Atlantic States

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 by Gary R. Letcher 

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