Philadelphia, PA - The most dramatic waterfall in western Pennsylvania is located just east of Pittsburgh in the nature area of Buttermilk Falls in Armstrong County. Despite its soaring 46-foot height, Buttermilk Falls is easy to reach and off the beaten path, with an accessible trail to the waterfall platform that does not venture into the gorge. Further along the trail, less-maintained trails lead across the creek for additional views. A walk to the waterfall is less than a quarter mile.
Buttermilk Falls in Armstrong County
Visitors to Armstrong County should take advantage of the many hiking trails in the area. There are several hiking trails, including the Kittanning Creek Sanctuary. The park has many swimming holes and a rope swing. During the warmer months, visitors can explore Buttermilk Falls Armstrong West. The park is on the Allegheny River, so it's possible to hike for an hour here. You can also find a beautiful view of the waterfall from the vantage point of Kittanning Creek Sanctuary.
If you'd rather hike to the waterfall, you can access the falls through a 1.3-mile trail in the nearby town of Rayburn. It follows the creek and the abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad corridor. The trail also crosses a small tributary stream. Explore Buttermilk Falls and the surrounding natural beauty. Consider your trip a memorable experience and plan to return often. It's worth the visit. And make sure to bring a camera with you.