Hike to Mill Creek Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest

0.5 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Mike Servedio

Hike to the small, but beautiful Mill Creek Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The Loyalsock State Forest is full of beautiful waterfalls and Mill Creek Falls is one of them.

The 12 foot high falls is one of the smaller falls in the forest, but is still worth a visit as it sits in a beautiful grotto and contains a scenic plunge pool. I've also never seen another person in my trips down to the falls, despite it being a relatively easy hike.

To get to the falls, it is a short 1/4 mile hike in from Mill Creek Road. You can access the dirt forest road by turning onto it in the small town of HIllsgrove, PA. Take the road just a few miles to a small turnout. There's no sign for the falls,  but there's a feint yellow blaze on the tree and a sign that says the area is closed to camping. The turnout is located at: 41.457481, -76.723683

Take the obvious trail down toward the stream and you will end up on the top of the falls looking at it's beautiful turquoise pool. You'll have to scale some tree roots a little further downstream from the falls to get to the base,  but it's not too difficult to access. 

I was lucky to get into the falls in January of 2016. The road is usually closed in the winter,  but we had a relatively snow-less January and the falls was easy to access and beautiful in its frozen glory.

Mill Creek was hit hard by flooding in the autumn of 2016 and I have not been to the falls since before it happened.  I am hoping the falls maintained it's beauty through the floods.  

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Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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Simple and Beautiful

This is a great spot, easy to get to, but yet feels isolated. The hike is a hill, but it's not that bad since it is so short. I have been there with a 5 & 7 year old who did the walk without issue and had fun playing in the sand around the top of the falls.

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