Imagine your favorite waterfall experience. 

Maybe it was the first time you saw a waterfall?  Perhaps it is a waterfall you’ve been to more than once?  Or maybe you even have a waterfall in your backyard?  Whatever your favorite waterfall experience is, why do you love it so much?  Did you get to stand on the top?  (Safely).  Feel the water crash over you at the bottom?  Was it somewhere tropical or was the waterfall cold and partly frozen?  Or maybe it was in a state or national park?

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing” ~ John Muir

(To see a video of Cucumber Falls, check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RJRKWgofjw )

For whatever reason, people are drawn to waterfalls.  Maybe it’s because they’re calming, mesmerizing and a great place to take photos.  I’ve seen a number of amazing waterfalls in my life, from dramatic Yosemite Falls and crowded (but beautiful) Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, to hidden waterfalls in the forests of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, to tropical waterfalls in the rainforest of Hawaii.  All of them I remember for their own reasons.  I’m happy to share these nature spaces with people but I’m always hoping I will be the only one at the waterfall, at least for a few moments.

This was one of those times where we had the waterfall all to ourselves.  We walked down the short set of stairs, listening to the waterfall intensify as we took each step.  Once we reached the bottom and turned, we saw it, tucked back amount amazing rock outcroppings, dropping off a dramatic rock ledge that it likely helped created.  It cascaded down to the rocks below in a perfect ribbon of water.  I looked around again and it was just us and the waterfall!

Visiting Cucumber Falls

There are a number of articles about Cucumber Falls when you google it but there isn’t a lot of information about how to get to the waterfall itself.

The best map is Google Maps!  Just Google “Cucumber Falls”

You can also find it on the Dept. of Nat. Resources of Pennsylvania’s map, located here below.  Look for the blue writing “Cucumber Falls” just below the “Ferncliff Natural Area” on the map.

PDF: http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003524.pdf

Want to hike to another waterfall?

The following article describes a ~4 mile round trip trail you can take from Cucumber Falls to Cascade Falls along the Great Gorge Trail.

https://www.discovertheburgh.com/ohiopyle-state-park/

Ohiopyle has a number of beautiful waterfalls, including the Ohiopyle Falls I spoke of in the previous post.  You can drive up to this waterfall, too!  Although it’s usually a bit more crowded and you can only view it from a viewing platform if you drive up to it.  You can hike and get much closer, like we did.

I will leave you with some Advice from a Waterfall:

❤️ Go with the flow

? Roar with excitement

? Let your cares fall away

? Create your own music

? Immerse yourself in nature

? Stay active

❤️ Make a splash!

Advice from a Waterfall credit: YourTrueNature