The Bear Run Trail Waterfalls at Tioga State Forest near Arnot and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is an easy 1.8-mile out-and-back hike that leads up to a few short but beautiful waterfalls that cascade down Bear Run. Please note that Tioga State Forest has two "Bear Run Trails" - this trail lies in the eastern section of the state forest; however, there is another Bear Run Trail (aka Bear Run Nature Trail) in the western side of the state forest next to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and Colton Point State Park.
The hike begins by heading up a small hill from the trailhead, passing a campsite immediately to the right-hand side, and then continues further along the creek. The trail's elevation grade is easy to moderate, at best, making this an easy hike for all skill levels.
Hikers do not need to walk very far to find the waterfalls, only about 0.4-miles one-way to reach them, but the rest of the trail is scenic as well with cliffs across the creek and plenty of smaller stream cascades.
The trail continues on at a creek crossing around 0.9-miles in, which is where we ended up turning around. It's unclear if any more waterfalls exist beyond this point, but if you plan to cross the creek, you will get your feet wet as it's about 1-foot deep without any easy crossing points.
There are two main waterfalls worth viewing along this trail. Both of the main waterfalls can be seen in under 0.4-miles of hiking one-way, making this an easy 0.8-mile out-and-back hike for those who do not wish to hike further than the two main falls.
Hikers can find a small parking turnout at the coordinates provided.
At the parking area is a large stone with a plaque dedicated to the Village of Landrus (1882 - 1915). This plaque also commemorates what was the world's first electric coal mine. The monument was erected in 1994 by the Tioga Historical Society and Friends.
Dogs are allowed if leashed.
This trail follows red blazes.
Winter Road Conditions (Warning)
The state forest does not maintain this road during the winter and hence the road can be full of snow and ice - winter tires or chains are a must-have on this road. The road also runs along a mountainside with very steep drop-offs in some sections. There's also no cellphone service for miles. The trailhead sits in the middle of this state forest road, so no matter which way you drive in from (Arnot, PA or Morris, PA) you will have to deal with a very skinny road that runs along a mountainside; however, there are plenty of turnouts along the road in case you encounter another vehicle.
Rattlesnakes: While rare, the Timber Rattlesnake lives in this area and tends to come down to creeks to cool down or hunt between the end of April through the end of September. Watch your step and give any rattlesnake you see some space.
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