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Raymondskill Falls (Highest Waterfall in Pennsylvania)

Updated on February 25, 2014

There are so many waterfalls on the Eastern edge of Pennsylvania that I had to make one more stop before heading home. I had to check out the highest waterfall in Pennsylvania: Raymondskill Falls.

There's 3 sections to the falls with a total height of 180 feet! It's the tallest waterfall in PA and, in my mind, should get the label of "Niagara of Pennsylvania", not Bushkill Falls. Especially since this waterfall is supposed to be only a few feet shorter than the actual Niagara Falls.

How do you get here?

First and foremost, I want to make sure that you know how to get here so that you can see it yourself.

There is a parking lot and restrooms at the start of the trails to Raymondskill Falls.

Me checking out the top and middle section of Raymondskill falls.
Me checking out the top and middle section of Raymondskill falls.

This is where I'm going to direct you.

Click THIS LINK to open a map to the parking lot.

This will show you exactly where you want to go and you can even enter your address to get directions to the falls from your house.

See the Falls in Action

Now you can chose to read the text below and look at the pictures first or you can "hike" the trails through the video to the right.

This is a short and easy hike; as long as you know which way to go to see the different parts of the waterfall. I'll explain more about that below.

To start your hike down the trail, while facing the restrooms, you'll want to head to the right end of the parking lot to the trailhead.

Above Raymondskill Falls
Above Raymondskill Falls

 You'll head down to the very top of Raymondskill Falls first.  There's a fenced in area with a concrete walkway where you can view the falls from its crest.

It's nice and calm with a very small waterfall up top before it crashes down the true Raymondskill Falls.

I don't know about you but I always like to see waterfalls from the top to really appreciate how far the water is really falling down.

Top and middle sections of Raymondskill Falls
Top and middle sections of Raymondskill Falls

Then you'll want to head down the trail so that you can check out the top two sections of the falls from the base of them.

On your way there you'll probably notice a tiny cave off to your left.

You'll walk down into another viewing area that's fenced in and get to absorb the beauty of the falls.

I loved this waterfall! It has a good amount of water flow, a nice rock ledge up at the top of it and it's just a really peaceful spot.

You can even lean and look over the crest of the lower section of Raymondskill Falls at this point. It's off to the left.

Now things start to get a little tricky. I had read old directions off the internet about getting to the base of the lower section and ended up walking down a trail I didn't want to be on.

Lower section of Raymondskill Falls
Lower section of Raymondskill Falls
Thin, horsetail cascade to the left of the base of Raymondskill Falls
Thin, horsetail cascade to the left of the base of Raymondskill Falls

I guess, up until 2003, there was a fenced in trail to the base of the lower section but it has since been closed because of soil erosion.

So don't take the trail down to Raymondskill Creek and expect to see the base of the falls! I did and was disappointed. You'll only see two dinky waterfalls on the way down and it's a pain to hike back up.

To get to the very base of the falls you'd have to hop the fence above the middle viewing area and slowly creep down a narrow, slippery path. But you'd have to be some kind of rebel to do that!

I have no idea how the picture to the right was taken; I'd never hop a fence.

To the left of the lower section of the falls is a thin, horsetail cascade pouring out of the woods.

I really think this seals the deal on this being quite the breathtaking, secluded spot. The plant life clinging to the rocks makes it even better.

You'd need a wide-angle lens to get both falls in the same picture.

So if you're in the area, love waterfalls and the wonders of nature then I really think you should head to Raymondskill Falls.

It's free, no crowds and it truly should be the Niagara of Pennsylvania.

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What else is there to do at Raymondskill Falls?

There's not really much else you can do here other than check out the waterfall.

If you'd like, you can hike down the trail to Raymondskill Creek below the waterfall. It's pretty peaceful and, as I said above, you'll see a couple smaller waterfalls on the way down.

Just be aware that you'll have a steep climb back up the trail. It's not too bad if you take it slow.

So go on, go back up to the top and click the link for directions. Start planning a trip to Raymondskill Falls today!

Do YOU Think That Raymondskill Falls Should Be The Niagara of Pennsylvania?

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Do you mean the rock up at the top? I can kind of see what you're talking about.

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      Mona Batir 6 years ago

      I've pointed out to several people ,the upper middle, when you walk all the way to end where the wooden fence is, the top of the falls looks like a bald eagle in flight, from it's head, neck and a bit of wings. Also, there is a mark that looks the eagles eye....check it out!

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      The top and middle section isn't that hard of a hike, Karl but getting to the last section is a bit dangerous. Which is why I believe they closed off that section.

      I personally drove to the top and hiked down to the falls... I wouldn't want to hike up those steep hills just to see the falls.

      Thanks for the name of the horsetail falls though!

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      Karl 7 years ago

      The hike to the middle viewing is only for ambulatory persons in good physical condition. The horsetail falls is named Bridal Veil Falls, similar to a number of falls with the same name. Do not hike from the falls downstream. There is a narrow shale cliff section which is dangerous. Better to drive to bottom and hike up. It is also a great fly fishing area for native brook trout but is controlled by special regulation.