Waterfalls of Pennsylvania:
Northwestern Pennsylvania

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

    With a landscape seeming more like the Midwestern states than the Mid-Atlantic, the northwest corner of Pennsylvania features gently rolling hills underlain by horizontal strata of sandstone and shale. In places where a layer of hard rock overlies a bed of softer rock, a classic “hanging” waterfall may form, and there are several outstanding examples of such falls in this region.

    Much of the terrain is covered by debris from the glacial retreat 15,000 years ago, and some of the waterfalls found here – such as those at McConnells Mill State Park – are the product of glacial sculpting of the land.

    The land is largely devoted to farming, with pockets of forested and urbanized areas scattered about. There is relatively less acreage of state parks, forests and game lands than in other areas of the state, but nevertheless the best falls are on public lands.


Howard Falls
Erie County

  Springfield Falls
State Game Lands
Mercer County

Greg Falls
Oil Creek State Park
Venango County

Freedom Falls
Venango County


Alpha Falls

McConnells Mill State Park
Lawrence County

Hells Hollow Falls

Kildoo Falls


Big Run Falls
Cascade Municipal Park, New Castle
Lawrence County

Homewood (Buttermilk) Falls
Buttermilk Falls Natural Area
Beaver County


Jackons Falls
Roaring Run Natural Area
Armstrong County

Quakertown Falls
Beaver County

Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls County Park
Indiana County


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Waterfalls of the Mid-Atlantic States
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  Gary R. Letcher 

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