It’s funny how we sometimes miss the things that are right under our nose! Despite residing in Shaler Township for five years, I was unaware of this park. It certainly is a well-kept secret!
Located off Route 8, Fall Run Park is also known as Judge D.M. Miller Nature Reserve.
Fall Run Park was once the possession of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, until suburban development around the park hindered hunting.
This easy, two-mile round-trip hike is perfect for novices. Fall Run is neither well-known, nor prone to crowds.
Part of the Pine Creek watershed, Fall Run boasts seven wooden bridges for those hikers who prefer to keep dry. For those who seek more of a challenge or a respite against the heat, the stream is easily walkable.
The focal point of this park is a 30-foot waterfall. This is likely one of the largest waterfalls within fifteen miles of Pittsburgh that you will find.
There is a flight of steps leading up to the top of the waterfall.
This waterfall usually escapes attention, but I found it captivating. It is one of the most unusual waterfalls I’ve ever seen! Given its size and current, it could probably be used as a slide.
During periods of heavy rain, more waterfalls are visible. The falls were reduced to a small trickle at the time of these photos.
Ducks along Fall Run
Wildflowers cover the park. Early May brings Appalachian violet, forget-me-nots and geranium.