Last Updated on January 4, 2023 by Jeremy
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Buttermilk Falls is a beautiful waterfall located just outside of the main stretch of Beaver Falls, PA.
But while you may not drive out to this town to visit the waterfalls on their own, they make for a great stop if you happen to be in the region and are looking to explore!
What You Can See at Buttermilk Falls
Where other waterfall containing parks have highlights such as miles of hiking trails, beautiful canyons, and creeks, we'll be the first to say that Buttermilk Falls has none of these things. It is quite literally you, the waterfall, and a small stream that is mostly obscured on the short hike from the parking lot.
The falls can also be viewed from above by parking at Homewood United Methodist Church and walking just a couple hundred feet over for a slightly different viewing angle; however, that view is at a slightly further distance.
One of the neat things about Buttermilk Falls is that you can also easily make your way around to the back of the falls for a unique vantage point to see the water literally streaming just past your face. Be careful when visiting this one in the late fall or winter (like when we visited) as the water can be quite cold!
Hiking at Buttermilk Falls
Out of all of the parks we've visited to date, the “hike” at Buttermilk Falls is quite possibly the easiest, and we're doing it a disservice by calling it a hike at all.
The reason for this is because the falls are only about five minutes walking from the parking lot, and the trail iswide and fairly easy to navigate.
There are a few steps and railings, and there are some rocks to walk over towards the end (especially if you want to explore different vantage points at the falls themselves). So while this one is on the more accessible end of the spectrum it is not fully accessible for wheelchairs and those needing guide rails the whole way. (This also holds true for the much shorter access point from the church as mentioned above.)
Overall, Buttermilk Falls is an easy-to-access waterfall in Beaver Falls, PA. You probably won't spend all day there, but if you're looking for a good detour to enjoy a bit of nature for a half hour, this one is worth a stop!
Buttermilk Falls is located in Beaver Falls, PA, just off of Route 18 just south of the turnpike overpass (it is marked with a sign). There are several Buttermilk Falls in PA, as highlighted by our friends at UncoveringPA, so if you do any further research be sure to note the location as it is easy to look up the wrong one!
Buttermilk Falls is featured in the guidebook Waterfalls of Pennsylvania as well- one of over 180 in the state!