As part of my Primal Health 21 day challenge we have going on currently, a task was done earlier this week where you will take one day over the weekend and get outside and enjoy time with your family away from modern age cell phones and electronics. I started researching waterfalls nearby DuBois Pennsylvania as I’ve heard of several others finding these hidden gems close by but never ventured myself. After speaking to my friend Rachel, it was decided that 3 Rivers Run was the perfect spot to get away from life for a few hours and enjoy each other’s company.
Where is Three Falls on Round Island Run?
If you haven’t seen this hidden gem of a waterfall deep in the Sproul State Forrest in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, take a break with your family this weekend and head 20 miles southeast of Medix Hotel in Weedville Pennsylvania. The short hike is a breathtaking drive through the country and easily accessible in the summer and fall months in Pennsylvania. Round Island trail is located in a remote western corner of Clinton County Pennsylvania. I at first mistakenly thought this was part of the nearby Quehanna Wild Area but now am finding it’s a few miles northeast of that.
Directions to Round Island Run, 3 Rivers Waterfall in Pennsylvania
We ventured out on Sunday, September 15th from DuBois Pennsylvania and decided not to take interstate 80 but to enjoy the drive through the Moshannon Valley State Forest. Follow PA-255 N/E out of Dubois about 19 miles.
You’ll take a slight right onto PA-555 (Driftwood) towards Medix Run Road/Quehanna HIghway. Stay on PA-555 about 7 miles passing Wapiti Woods until you reach the great Medix Hotel (Medix Hotel will be on the right hand side).
Turn right onto Medix Run Rd/Quehanna Highway and continue about 16 miles. Enjoy the view and screen shot these directions as service is pretty sketchy in this area.
You will then turn Left onto 3 Rivers Run Road and follow this road out about 8.8 miles. Relax and enjoy the scenery and keep your eye open for wildlife. We passed these two Elk bulls on the way and it was such a sight to see right next to your vehicle.
You may feel lost inside this vast area of woods but I assure you you’re on the right path to the falls.
3 Runs road comes to an intersection and becomes Dutchman Road. Stay straight through the intersection and hold onto to the “oh shit” bars as the road becomes very bumpy for a short period.
Continue on Dutchman Rd for about 3 miles. Make a left onto Round Island Road.
Along this road you will pass a few camp sites. You’ll see a sign for Merry Lane and continue on for about a half mile.
Keep a look out for Liberty bell camp on the left and know you’re almost there.
There is a sign that blends in pretty well that says “Round Island Falls Trail” on the left. When you see the sign, you may want to pull ahead and turn around and park near the trail entrance.
The trail is pretty worn in this time of year from the travelers throughout the summer so you shouldn’t have any issues finding it. Grab a walking stick as the rocks can be pretty slick getting down to the falls. You’ll walk approximately a mile in the woods before you stumble across the rope that is tied to several trees down over an embankment to get to the falls themselves. We ran into several people who brought their dogs to play in the water.
Beyond The Falls
After we took part in some splashing in the water on this hot fall day, we decided to venture past the falls about a half mile. We ran into an older couple exploring the mountain and were on their way back up. They told us to not waste our time as there wasn’t much more to see on the downside so we decided to turn around and head back to the truck! I hope you take advantage of this post and go see this beauty for yourself!
The water is only “trickeling” right now but they say the best time to see the falls is after a fresh rain or in the springtime when all the snow is melting on the mountain!