Visiting Yost Run Falls
Yost Run Falls along the Chuck Keiper Trail in Centre County, Pennsylvania is one of my favorite locations to photograph. I'm often asked about how to get there, so I decided to create a "definitive" post that includes direction to (including GPS coordinates) and some of my favorite images of this part of the Sproul State Forest. I encourage you to bookmark or "favorite" this post in your browser for future reference.
The Chuck Keiper Trail parking area is located along Route 144 in northern Centre County, just south of the Centre/Clinton County line. There is a large "Chuck Keiper Trail" sign on one side of the road, and a much smaller "CKT" sign on the opposite side of the road. The parking area is located behind the smaller sign.
Chuck Keiper Trailhead Parking Area GPS coordinates:
N41 10' 30.47", W77 52' 44.59"
There is an informational kiosk located next to the parking area - grab a map there if any are available.
Start your journey to Yost Run Falls by hiking NW away from the parking area. Be on the look-out for wildlife. During a recent visit on an early July morning, I spotted the bull elk pictured above grazing in the open forest to the right of the trail.
A few hundred yards into your hike you will encounter two gates - a rusty brown one in front of you and a yellow-and-black painted one to your left. You want to follow the trail to the left, passing the yellow-and-black gate and starting down the road/trail towards Yost Run.
You will pass 2 hunting camps on your way down the trail (which is really an access road at this point in your journey). The first one is called the Bloom Camp - you will encounter this one approx. 15 minutes after passing the gate. The second camp is called the Brown Camp - you will see this one about 15 minutes after passing the Bloom Camp.
At this point the trail veers to the right, away from the Brown Camp and along the banks of Yost Run. It also changes from a wide access road to a narrow footpath.
Approx 10 minutes after passing the Brown Camp you will first hear and then see Yost Run Falls.
Yost Run Falls can be photographed from a variety of vantage points; some may be easier to access than other depending on the season. A personal favorite angle of mine is to get right down in the stream bed and go downstream just a bit, then photograph the falls with some of the smaller rapids in the foreground.
Yost Run Falls GPS Coordinates:
N41 10' 25.55", W77 54' 0.55"
Proceeding downstream from Yost Run Falls a few hundred yards will bring you to a point where Kyler Run meets Yost Run (this will be on your left hand side). Kyler Fork Falls are located along Kyler Run and are visible from the Chuck Keiper Trail. Find a good spot to cross Yost Run and make your way over to these falls, pictured below.
Kyler Fork Falls GPS Coordinates:
N41 10' 27.29", W77 54" 4.99"
If you continue on down the Chuck Keiper Trail approx. 30-40 minutes you will come to Panther Hollow. During the spring thaw or after a heavy rain there is a decent little waterfall here (maybe 6-7 feet tall) where Panther Run meets Yost Run (it will be on your right hand side). I nicknamed it Panther Hollow Falls as I could find no mention of it anywhere else. During the summer or times of low flow it is nothing to look at, but if your timing is right it may resemble the images below.
Panther Hollow Falls GPS Coordinates:
N41 10' 55.54", W77 54' 14.25"
If you plan to continue down the trail past Panther Hollow, I encourage you to visit the PA DCNR website for more information about the rest of the trail and route options. Click THIS LINK to visit their site.
I hope you found this post informative and the photos enjoyable - have a great time visiting this remarkable place!