Waterfalls are downright magical! Whether it’s the grandeur of a towering waterfall or the delicate flow of a small cascade, these natural wonders have an innate ability to transport us to a place of serenity and wonder, making them truly picturesque. Waterfalls are also perfect for capturing moments of natural splendor for photographers and creators seeking Instagram-worthy posts. We’ve rounded up eight wondrous waterfalls near Philadelphia to visit for an enchanting day trip.
1. Wissahickon Falls
Located in Wissahickon Valley Park, this waterfall is a popular spot for hiking and nature enthusiasts. It is easily accessible from Philadelphia and offers a serene escape from the city.
🏞️ Where: 120 W. Northwestern Avenue
2. Devil’s Pool
Located in the Wissahickon Valley Park, Devil’s Pool is a natural swimming hole with a small waterfall. In fact, it’s the smallest waterfall on the list, a roughly five-foot-slide, however, it is the only waterfall within the city limits. Devil’s pool is also a popular spot for swimming and cliff jumping during the summer months.
🏞️ Where: Forbidden Drive Trail
3. Ricketts Glen State Park
Although not directly in Philadelphia, Ricketts Glen State Park is worth the drive for its 22 named waterfalls. The Falls Trail Loop offers a scenic hike that takes you past several stunning waterfalls. A little over a two hour drive from Philly and you’ll find yourself lost in a storybook setting surrounded by greenery and waterfalls. It’s worth it!
🏞️ Where: 695 PA-487, Benton, PA
4. Bushkill Falls
Located in the Pocono Mountains, Bushkill Falls is often referred to as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania.” It features a series of eight beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenic views.
🏞️ Where: 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA
5. Raymondskill Falls
Located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. It consists of three tiers and offers beautiful views.
🏞️ Where: 917 Raymondskill Rd, Milford, PA
6. Hawk Falls
Located in Hickory Run State Park, Hawk Falls is a stunning waterfall that can be viewed from both above and below the trail. It’s relatively close to Philadelphia consisting of just over a 90 minute drive.
🏞️ Where: 3613 PA-534, White Haven, PA
7. High Falls
Located in Ringing Rocks County Park, High Falls is the tallest waterfall in Bucks County. The waterfall is best viewed after a big thaw or strong storm however, it is worth the view. It is located about 75 minutes outside Philadelphia.
🏞️ Where: Ringing Rocks Rd, Upper Black Eddy, PA
8. Ridley Creek State Park
Although not known for its waterfalls, Ridley Creek State Park in Media, Pennsylvania, features several small cascades and waterfalls along its trails. It is a great option for those looking for a nearby waterfall experience. It’s only a 40 minute drive from Philadelphia and is also a great option for hiking and picnicking.
🏞️ Where: 1023 Sycamore Mills Rd, Media, PA