So Many Waterfalls on Double Run!

An unnamed waterfall (I call it Darth Vader Falls... if you see it, you can't unsee it) along Double Run in Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
An unnamed waterfall (I call it Darth Vader Falls… if you see it, you can’t unsee it) along Double Run in Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania

Double Run came to me as a totally delightful and unexpected surprise.  I was looking for a short hike in World End State Park after hiking the Canyon Vista & Cold Run Loop, so I took off on the “nature trail” – not because I really wanted to, but because the map said there might be a waterfall along the way.  What they didn’t bother mentioning was that the path has more than 8 waterfalls, each about a tenth of a mile apart – in only 1.25 mostly flat miles!  Talk about a gem of a hike!

Quick Stats

Round Trip Length: 2.1 miles Trail Type: Lollipop loop Elevation Gain: 916ft. Pets: Leashed Fees: None

The Double Run Trailhead, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
The Double Run Trailhead

Double Run is actually a loop hike, but the second half of the loop just isn’t worth hiking in my opinion (more on that later).  Of course, the waterfalls are best after a rain, but I gather the creek flows all year.

The amphitheater along the Double Run Trail, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
The amphitheater

The Double Run Trailhead is well-marked.  The path heads into the trees, (usually) marked by green plastic blazes, passing by the rustic amphitheater.  It follows the creek and arrives at the first small waterfall (maybe we’ll call it First Falls) at mile 0.25.

An unnamed cascade that I call First Falls along Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
An unnamed cascade that I call First Falls

The path continues to cross a fork of Double Run just before the loop option goes off on the left at mile 0.3.  Turn right to cross over Double Run (the paths may get a little hard to follow in this section; keep looking for the green plastic blazes).  Even here, there are multiple small waterfalls.

Little waterfalls in Double Run near the loop junction, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Little waterfalls in Double Run near the loop junction

About a tenth of a mile after the loop junction, the Link Trail goes off on the right.  Be careful to turn left here – it’s not necessarily a logical turn!  A short distance (less than a tenth of a mile) beyond this is another great waterfall, which I’ll christen Darth Vader Falls (if you see it, you’ll understand).

"Darth Vader" Falls on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
“Darth Vader” Falls

Darth Vader Falls is also pretty from the side.

Sideview of "Darth Vader Falls" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Sideview of “Darth Vader Falls”

Keep hiking upstream.  The Loyalsock Trail takes a sharp right turn at mile 0.7; stay left along Double Run.  Another unnamed falls (shall we call it Small Drop Falls?) is found at mile 0.8…

"Small Drop Falls" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
“Small Drop Falls”

And another unnamed falls a tenth of a mile later (we’ll call this one Lacy Cascade)…

"Lacy Cascade" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
“Lacy Cascade”

And yet another unnamed falls (we’ll call it Double Falls) a tenth of a mile beyond this one.

"Double Falls" with Cottonwood Falls in the distance on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
“Double Falls” with Cottonwood Falls in the distance

At mile 1.1, you’ll come to the first and only named waterfall on the entire Double Run Trail.  Cottonwood Falls is 10ft. high and is located just above a bowl-like area of the creek.

Cottonwood Falls on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Cottonwood Falls

If you look over to the left after a heavy rain, you may see small trickles of water falling into the bowl.

Small waterfalls beside Cottonwood Falls above Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Small waterfalls beside Cottonwood Falls

One final unnamed falls (Spillway Falls, because it reminds me of waterfalls created by dam spillways) is a tenth of a mile upstream of Cottonwood Falls.

"Spillway Falls" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
“Spillway Falls”

Just upstream of this final waterfall, the trail splits.  The Double Run Trail continues straight upstream, while the loop portion of the hike turns left to cross a bridge.  What I should have done was to continue up Double Run to where it meets Worlds End Road.  However, I didn’t know any better, so I happily crossed the bridge and headed up the path.

The bridge over Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
The bridge over Double Run

Up is about right!  The trail steeply climbs up and over the hill, then steeply descends down the other side.  And what do you get for all of this hard work?  Little more than a workout.  No views, no more waterfalls, just a lot of muscle work!

Tree roots on the hilltop portion of the Double Run Trail, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Tree roots on the hilltop portion of the Double Run Trail

But if you decide to complete it as a loop, the trail junctions with the East Branch Trail (yellow blazes) at mile 1.8; continue left to return to the loop junction near the two branches of Double Run at mile 1.9.

Double Run below First Falls, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Double Run below “First Falls”

From here, cross over the alternate branch of the creek and follow the trail back to the parking area.

Small cascade between "Small Drop Falls" and "Lacy Cascade" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Small cascade between “Small Drop Falls” and “Lacy Cascade”

Round Trip Trail Length: 2.1 miles (or thereabouts)

Elevation Gain: 916ft. elevation gain (1,136ft. to 1,457ft.)

Facilities: None

Fees: None

"First Falls" from below on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
“First Falls” from below

Trail Notes: I’ve heard that people do swim in the creek.  When I came back, a family was trying to slide down the first waterfall, and it wasn’t working at all (besides being extremely cold, the rocks weren’t slippery).  The waterfalls will be best after a rain, though I hear the creek (and the falls) are fairly full year-round.  While most of the trail along the creek doesn’t have a ton of elevation gain, the path is rugged; you’ll want to wear sturdy shoes.

Double Run below "First Falls", Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Double Run below “First Falls”

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Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this? ★

Overall Rating: ★

"Darth Vader Falls" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
“Darth Vader Falls”

GPS Coordinates for Double Run

Trailhead: 41.4658000°, -076.5786130° (41°27.94800′, -076°34.71678′ / 41°27’56.8800″, -076°34’43.0068″) (1,136ft.) (0.0)

Falls: 41.4642830°, -076.5796500° (41°27.85698′, -076°34.77900′ / 41°27’51.4188″, -076°34’46.7400″) (1,155ft.) (0.23)

Loop Junction: 41.4631770°, -076.5796190° (41°27.79062′, -076°34.77714′ / 41°27’47.4372″, -076°34’46.6284″) (1,175ft.) (0.32)

Link Trail Junction: 41.4636380°, -076.5803000° (41°27.81828′, -076°34.81800′ / 41°27’49.0968″, -076°34’49.0800″) (0.42)

Falls: 41.4632540°, -076.5810490° (41°27.79524′, -076°34.86294′ / 41°27’47.7144″, -076°34’51.7764″) (1,192ft.) (0.52?)

Loyalsock Trail Junction: 41.4631040°, -076.5821210° (41°27.78624′, -076°34.92726′ / 41°27’47.1744″, -076°34’55.6356″) (1,242ft.) (0.69)

Falls: 41.4626710°, -076.5824870° (41°27.76026′, -076°34.94922′ / 41°27’45.6156″, -076°34’56.9532″) (1,238ft.) (0.86)

Sideview of "Darth Vader Falls" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Sideview of “Darth Vader Falls”

Falls: 41.4626340°, -076.5834630° (41°27.75804′, -076°35.00778′ / 41°27’45.4824″, -076°35’00.4668″) (1,259ft.) (0.96)

Falls: 41.4628130°, -076.5840080° (41°27.76878′, -076°35.04048′ / 41°27’46.1268″, -076°35’02.4288″) (1,284ft.) (1.03)

Cottonwood Falls: 41.4626020°, -076.5846690° (41°27.75612′, -076°35.08014′ / 41°27’45.3672″, -076°35’04.8084″) (1,282ft.) (1.13)

Falls: 41.4624700°, -076.5853100° (41°27.74820′, -076°35.11860′ / 41°27’44.8920″, -076°35’07.1160″) (1,302ft.) (1.21)

Loop Junction: 41.4626870°, -076.5854360° (41°27.76122′, -076°35.12616′ / 41°27’45.6732″, -076°35’07.5696″) (1,325ft.) (1.25)

Yellow Trail Junction: 41.4624150°, -076.5810200° (41°27.74490′, -076°34.86120′ / 41°27’44.6940″, -076°34’51.6720″) (1,243ft.) (1.79)

Return to the loop junction: 41.4630350°, -076.5797370° (41°27.78210′, -076°34.78422′ / 41°27’46.9260″, -076°34’47.0532″) (1,172ft.) (1.92)

End: 41.4657400°, -076.5786590° (41°27.94440′, -076°34.71954′ / 41°27’56.6640″, -076°34’43.1724″) (1,138ft.) (2.14)

Hiking along Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Hiking along Double Run

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Waterfalls between "Small Drop Falls" and "Lacy Cascade" on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Waterfalls between “Small Drop Falls” and “Lacy Cascade”

Getting to the Double Run Trailhead

If traveling from the east on I-80 (so traveling I-80W), take Exit 232 onto PA-42N.  Drive 10.4 miles; turn right to stay on PA-42N.  After 7.9 miles, turn left onto PA-118W for 0.3 miles.  Turn right onto PA-42N.  After 7.4 miles, turn right onto US-220N.  Drive 1.1 miles and then turn left onto PA-42N for 4.4 miles.  Turn left onto Worlds End Road for 5.7 miles; turn right onto PA-154E.  The Canyon Vista Trailhead will be on your left 2.3 miles later.

Cottonwood Falls on Double Run, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Cottonwood Falls

If traveling from the west on I-80 (so traveling I-80E), take Exit 212B onto I-180W.  After 12.4 miles, take Exit 13 for PA-405 toward Muncy/Hughesville; turn right onto PA-405N for 0.3 miles.  Stay on PA-405N (Water Street) by turning slightly right and then slightly right again.  Use the left lanes to turn left to stay on PA-405N for another 3.2 miles.  Continue straight onto US-220N for 13.1 miles.  Turn left onto PA-42N for 4.4 miles, then turn left onto Worlds End Road for 5.7 miles.  The Canyon Vista Trailhead will be on your left 2.3 miles later.

Visual trail map and elevation profile for the Double Run Trail, Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Visual trail map and elevation profile for the Double Run Trail

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