1.5 Miles
Time to Hike:
~45 minutes
PA Wilds
Surface Type:
Loyalsock State Forest
Trout Run, Pennsylvania
41.535058, -76.892623
March 27, 2021
April 16, 2021

Yellow Dog Falls at Loyalsock State Forest near Trout Run, Pennsylvania is an easy 1.5-mile out-and-back trail that leads to a 10-foot waterfall named Yellow Dog Falls.

Hike Description
Hikers should note that this is partially a bushwhack that follows an unblazed and unmaintained trail. On some maps, this trail is referenced as the Yellow Dog Trail; however, the state forest map does not even show this trail.

Hikers will find the unmarked trailhead on the bend of Yellow Dog Rd, just south of Rock Run Rd. There is no trailhead or blazes and in-fact, the trail does not look like it exists until you get into the woods and follow a small creek upstream where the creek turns into the trail, essentially. Once you pass the creek, the trail should be more obvious as it heads northeast toward Yellow Dog Run and Yellow Dog Falls.

Reaching Yellow Dog Falls
Around mile 0.8-hikers will reach Yellow Dog Run - to your left is the top of Yellow Dog Falls, approximately 10-feet tall. Getting nice photos of this waterfall is not easy since the waterfall cascades down Yellow Dog Run into Rock Run creek. Footing alongside Rock Run creek is sketchy at best, but worse after its rained as the rocks are wet and slippery.

The hike back is identical to the hike in - just follow the unmarked trail back to parking.

Hikers will find parking along Rock Run Rd, just down the street at the coordinates provided.

Next to Yellow Dog Falls are 2 fire pits with plenty of room to setup tents and hammocks. Backpackers and hikers must follow all state forest rules and regulations for primitive / backcountry / dispersed camping.

Dogs are allowed if leashed.

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.

Uneven terrain: To get the best view of Yellow Dog Falls, hikers will need to scale down some rocks to get a decent view. During colder months, this can be extremely dangerous if you slip and fall into the creek as hypothermia can set in very quickly.

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Trail added
March 27, 2021
Updated on
April 16, 2021
1.8 miles
October 27, 2023
This confluence is one of the most beautiful places in Pennsylvania. On this hike, crossed Rock Run and hung the hammock to relax a little across from Yellow Dog Falls and then looped back by climbing to Rock Run Road (Pioneer Rd on MyHikes map) and back out.
3.0 miles
October 14, 2022
First time going to see Yellow Dog Run falls - started on forest road, then followed creek with several wet crossings which wasn’t easy. Rock Run is the most beautiful stream in all of PA (along w/ Stony Fork Creek) - always fun seeing upper & middle Rock Run falls too which were even more beautiful with the Fall leaves in peak. Didn’t record activity.

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