Visiting the Waterfalls along Pigeon Run in State Game Lands 13 – 7.2.2015
I spent this past Thursday morning doing a solo hike along Pigeon Run in State Game Lands 13, Sullivan County. The unusually high water levels for this time of year were as good an excuse as any to explore this rugged, lesser-known neighbor of Ricketts Glen State Park.
My hike started out at the Sullivan Falls parking lot. Although I've been there several times before, I still felt obligated to shoot a few frames of these iconic waterfalls, which I did. For those who have never been there before, here is the location of the Sullivan Falls parking area in SGL 13. The falls themselves are just a few yards from the parking area along an obvious and well-worn path.
Returning to the parking area, I followed the footpath that leads from the northeastern corner lot towards Pigeon Run. The path descends downhill towards Big Run, which is a wet crossing (no bridge), then follows an uphill grade for approx. 1/2 a mile until you literally run into Pigeon Run, which flows across the path.
The image above is the first waterfall you will see - the path crosses the top of this one. Downstream where it spills into Sullivan Branch is one more waterfall, the largest and only named one along Pigeon Run, Pigeon Run Falls (see below).
Hiking back upstream along Pigeon Run brings you to a series of unnamed waterfalls that tend to diminish in size the further you go. Nevertheless, all of them are worth seeing at least once in your life, so that's exactly what I did.
After spending the better part of 3 hours hiking up and down Pigeon Run, I made my way back to the parking area and my car, stopping along the way to photograph a waterfall that most likely only exists a few times a year during peak water flow. Neither the little stream or the falls have any name as far as I can tell, but it looked nice to me and was only a hundred yards or so off the trail, making it fair game in my book.
All in all it was a productive and enjoyable day in the woods. I feel comfortable now in skipping past Pigeon Run on my next visit there and proceeding up Sullivan Branch to explore that area in greater detail.
Truly this area is a must-see for anyone with an interest in waterfalls and rugged, remote hiking. I hope this post gives you a little bit of guidance to that end.