Waterfalls of Pennsylvania:
The Lehigh Valley
and Southeastern PA

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

    Carbon and Schuylkill Counties are characterized by long, ridge-like mountaintops and the deeply incised valleys of the Lehigh River and its tributaries.  Streams coming off these hills are generally lower in volume than those found in the Poconos to the norhy, and as a consequence the falls are not quite as impressive.  This area was historically a center of coal mining and related industries, and remnants of these activities abound.
     To the south, the Piedmont section of Pennsylvania is characterized by broad rolling hills sloping gently down from northwest to southeast.  Much of the landscape is farmland, punctuated by pockets of forest and urban areas. 
Many streams rush in cascades and rapids to the great Susquehanna and Delaware rivers here, but there are only a few real waterfalls.


  Hawk Falls
Hickory Run State Park
   Carbon County

  Leslie Run
Lehigh Gorge State Park

  Carbon County

Buttermilk Falls
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Carbon County


Onoko Falls

Glen Onoko
State Game Lands
  Carbon County

   Cave Falls


Swatara Falls
  Schuylkill County

  Ringing Rocks Falls
Bucks County


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Waterfalls of Maryland
Waterfalls of New Jersey

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

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  Gary R. Letcher
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