The Darling Run Falls hike at Tioga State Forest in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is a moderate 1.7-mile out-and-back hike that leads down Darling Run creek out to a small two-tiered waterfall, Darling Run Falls.
This hike follows a creek most of the way, so hikers must either get their feet wet, wear waders, or both in order to reach the waterfall. During the late Spring, the creek is much more shallow allowing hikers to meander up Darling Run creek to reach the waterfall without getting soaking wet.
The hike begins at the end of Forest Road next to the Darling Run parking area for the Pine Creek Trail and follows the Pine Creek Trail for approximately 0.2-miles before reaching Darling Run.
Once at Darling Run, hike down the small embankment to the creek below and begin your hike upstream. The hike upstream is moderate because of the loose and slippery rocks, which can make this trek more dangerous. This upstream hike lasts for approximately 0.5 miles while passing blowdown trees, loose and slippery rocks, and eventually a bedrock creek bottom. Along the way lies an old home foundation and a lesser-known backcountry campsite.
Old Home Foundation
Around mile 0.3, from parking, or less than 0.1-miles from the Pine Creek Trail, hikers will find an old abandoned home foundation. This old foundation is mostly visible when the leaves are off of the trees. Hikers heading upstream, in the creek, may not notice this small piece of history tucked away just off-trail, so be on the lookout.
As you hike up to Darling Run, hikers will notice a fork in the creek - look to the creek on your right-hand side and you'll find Lower Darling Run Falls cascading down this tributary creek. At Darling Run Falls, if the water level is low enough, hikers can make their way up the Lower tier of the waterfall and hike over to the Upper tier.
Darling Run Falls
This two-tiered waterfall can be found approximately 0.5-miles upstream from where hikers leave the Pine Creek Trail. The Lower Darling Run Falls is a multi-tiered waterfall that cascades down about 8-feet in total. The Upper Darling Run Falls is a single-tier waterfall that's approximately 6-feet tall. Neither waterfall is all that scenic, but it's a nice spot tucked away in the woods of Tioga State Forest that sees very little foot-traffic.
Hikers can find parking at the coordinates provided at the Pine Creek Trail Darling Run parking area. There's enough parking to fit several dozen cars.
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.
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.
History - Native American Footpath
According to the Guide to the Historical Markers of Tioga County, this trail actually follows one branch of an ancient Seneca trail, Pine Creek Path, which was used by the Seneca tribe to connect Genesee River to Susquehanna River down in Jersey Shore, PA. This section of the trail used to connect Pine Creek to Babb Creek, using Darling Run as part of the route.
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