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Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Road Trip Archive | 2 comments

Visiting the Waterfalls along Dutters Run in Sullivan County, PA

Selfie at Dutters Run Falls #6, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

The unnamed waterfalls along Dutters Run in the Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County are true off-the-beaten-path gems. I am going to describe a rigorous but certainly doable loop hike that will allow you to see 7 nice waterfalls along Dutters Run while enjoying portions of the Loyalsock Trail and Dutters Trail.

I parked at the pull-off next to the Dutters Trail sign along Dry Run Road. This pull-off is right next to the bridge above Dry Run Falls, and certainly you could simply park at Dry Run Falls and hike up the road an extra few hundred yards if the Dutters Trail pull-off is full.

Parking for Dutters Trail along Dry Run Road, Sullivan County

Dutters Trail Parking Pull-Off

Dutters Trail, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

From the parking area hike up the road a few hundred yards to the next bridge. Dutters Run will be coming in from your right, flowing under the bridge and feeding into Dry Run. Here you start the hike upstream, along Dutters Run. There is no trail until you reach the 4th waterfall along Dutters Run, so it's your call as to which side of the stream you want to hike up. At some points your best bet is to simply hike up the stream bed itself. (Note: Dutters Trail follows the ridge high above Dutters Run - you will only be using that trail to return to your vehicle, not to see the falls themselves).

At GPS coordinates N41 25.712, W 76 39.949 you will come to the first unnamed waterfall along Dutters Run.

Dutters Run Falls #1, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

Climbing around the first waterfall (I went up the right side but use your best judgement) and proceeding a bit further you will come to the second (and tallest) unnamed waterfall along Dutters Run at GPS coordinates N 41 25.665, W76 39.879.

Dutters Run Falls #2, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

Again climbing up around the right side of Dutters Run, I made my way towards the 3-tiered beauty that is the third unnamed falls, located at GPS coordinates N 41 25.673, W 76 39.729.

Dutters Run Falls #3, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

Ascending the left bank this time, I made my way around the third falls and upstream to the fourth.  GPS coordinates for this one are N 41 23.683, W 76 39.668.

Dutters Run Falls #4, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

Immediately above the fourth falls you will pick up the Loyalsock Trail (well marked with double yellow blazes) and can follow it the rest of the way upstream as it crosses back and forth across Dutters Run (all wet crossings - no footbridges).  At GPS coordinates N 41 25.699, W 76 39.642 you will come to the smallish fifth falls.

Dutters Run Falls #5, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

Hiking upstream to to coordinates N 41 25.656, W 76 39.525 will bring you to my personal favorite of the falls along Dutters Run, the triple drop that is waterfall #6.

Dutters Run Falls #6, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

Following the Loyalsock Trail upstream to the seventh falls (GPS cordinates N 41 25.636, W 76 39.280) brings you to a point where the stream starts to level out.

Loyalsock Trail crossing below Dutters Run Falls #7, Sullivan County, PA
Dutters Run Falls #7, Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County, PA

From the seventh falls you will follow the Loyalsock Trail uphill on the right for a few hundred yards as it veers away from Dutters Run. You will come to a Y intersection (pictured below) where the Loyalsock Trail continues on the left, and Dutters Trail branches off to the right. Take Dutters Trail to the right. It is a well-defined old log road, marked intermittently by red and yellow blazes. It will follow the ridge above Dutters Run as you hike for maybe 20-25 minutes back to your vehicle at the Dutter Trail pull-off.

Intersection of the Loyalsock Trail and Dutters Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest

The loop as I have described it here is roughly 1.86 miles in length ( 3 km).  Parts of it are tricky, and most certainly you will get wet as it requires numerous switch-backs over the stream itself.  That said, it is well worth the effort, especially if you enjoy getting away from some of the more frequently visited nearby waterfalls.

I hope you find the info here useful - feel free to share and/or link back to this page.

2 Comments

  1. You did an amazing job with these photographs Rusty.

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