Philadelphia, PA - When planning a trip to Pennsylvania, you might consider a day trip to Jonathan Run Falls. This waterfall is not only a beautiful sight, but you can also go camping here. This day trip is perfect for families, as you can enjoy a relaxing hike while enjoying the fall foliage. To get there, simply follow the trail from the park's entrance. The park offers camping facilities and the Jonathan Run Trail.
Exploring Jonathan Run Falls
To reach Jonathan Run Falls, you'll need to hike about two miles to the park's main entrance. The lower cascade, which is three to four feet high, can be reached by following a paved path that leads to the ravine. The waterfall is not named but can be admired from rocky outcrops above the trail. After hiking up the trail, you can stop to eat a picnic.
Another waterfall you can visit is Upper Jonathan Falls, located at Ohiopyle State Park. Hiking trails in the area lead to several waterfalls, including the 3.7-mile-long Youghiogheny River Trail, which leads to the falls. A longer, 4.9-mile trail leads to the Great Gorge, which is ideal for hiking between March and October. The park also offers a Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
After exploring the Great Allegheny Passage, you can take the Jonathan Run Trail back to the park's main entrance. This 1.6-mile trail is flat with a few small hills and narrow areas but is well-maintained. The trail meanders along the creek, with several small rapids you can cross on wooden bridges. A side note about Jonathan Run Falls is that it is not directly beside the waterfall.