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Day Trip to Freedom Falls

I learned about Freedom Falls in May last year when we visited Bob’s sister and her husband while they were vacationing in Kennerdell, PA. We didn’t have time to visit the falls during that trip. In the meantime I have read about and seen photographs of Freedom Falls and other points of interest in the area. I awaited the opportunity for a day trip to the falls. That opportunity presented itself yesterday! Bob and I went on a day trip to Freedom Falls. You wouldn’t find us anywhere near Freedom Falls on a usual early February day in Pennsylvania. The snow and ice would have kept us away from the remote area in which the falls are located. We have enjoyed a very mild Winter here in Pennsylvania. Neither snow nor ice hampered our visit to the falls. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the path through the woods to the falls was relatively dry too!

Freedom Falls is located on Schull Run about 70 miles southeast of our hometown of Warren, PA.

Freedom Falls is one of the most beautiful places that I have visited in Pennsylvania.

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But I am getting ahead of myself.

Before walking down to Freedom Falls, we followed Rockland Station Road to its end. Rockland Station Road ends at the Allegheny River. To the left of the road there is a small parking lot. We parked there and walked the short distance to Rockland Tunnel.

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Rockland Tunnel

According to a placard at Rockland Tunnel, the Allegheny Valley Railroad was extended into the Oil Region of Venango County in 1867-1868 to transport “black gold” to the world. The railroad followed the river around the Woodhill Mountain. The Woodhill loop was plagued with landslides, ice jams and sharp turns. In 1913 this 2,868 foot hole was cut through the mountain to speed up the train trips from Pittsburgh to Buffalo. The dangerous task of cutting a hole through the mountain was accomplished by men working in two shifts, six days a week, 10-12 hours a day, for 17 cents an hour.

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The tunnel is one mile in length. We walked into the tunnel only a short way. It got dark fast!
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I was happy to turn around and walk back out of the tunnel!

We drove a short distance back up Rockland Station Road and parked next to a very large rock. This rock is just above Freedom Falls. There are steep slopes and gradual slopes leading you to the falls. At first I saw only the steep slopes and didn’t think I would be able to get close to the falls. I am not able to walk as well as I did prior to slipping on ice in early 2008. That accident resulted in a torn meniscus in my right knee. The first photograph of the falls that I show in this blog post was taken at the top of a steep slope. A short time later we did locate a trail that led us down to the falls in a more gradual slope. That trail took us by the well-preserved Rockland Furnace.

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Rockland Iron Furnace
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The Rockland Furnace is located just downstream from Freedom Falls.

Here are three more photographs of Freedom Falls.

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16 Responses to “Day Trip to Freedom Falls”

  1. Betsy from Tennessee

    HI Linda, I have definitely added this area to our 'list'… We'd love that area –not just the waterfall, but also the great walk, the iron furnace and the tunnel… How special.. Thanks for sharing.Hugs,Betsy

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  2. Imre Z. Balint

    Looks like you had not only a good trip for photo taking, but a great educational experience too! That tunnel is awesome! I'd so dare myself to venture into it!

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  3. Kleinste Motte

    I think we might take a road tour into the us in the future and that looks like a grand spot to include.One thing I would recommend is to split this post into two giving the town it's own spot.The greenery shows how mild it is.

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    • Linda G.

      Per your suggestion, I split this post into two, giving Emlenton, Foxburg and Marienville their own spot. Thank you for the suggestion!

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  4. Willard

    I really enjoyed your photo documentary of the trip to the falls and the other information and photos as well.

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  5. George

    Thanks for telling us about this beautiful waterfall. I really would like to add this to our 'must see' list. The entire hike looks absolutely wonderful.

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  6. Martha Z

    It sounds like a wonderful outing. I would love to visit those falls, it looks like a great place for a walk in the woods.

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  7. Ciss B

    Such a beautiful area! I love your photos too. That moss covered brick structure is really something! The falls are so gorgeous! It looks like you had a great time!!

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  8. Andrea

    Hi Linda, it looks like a lovely walk and hike, though the tunnel seems scary. I love your waterfall, and i am sure Betsy and George appreciate it too. Maybe they will be there in a few days, haha!

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  9. Elena

    What a beautiful place. I love all your photos of the falls and my favorite was the tunnel ones. Just stunning photos! Thank so much for sharing them:)

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  10. eileeninmd

    Hi Linda, this sounds like a wonderful daytrip. The waterfalls is beautiful and cool to see the furnace. The lunch and pies sounds delicious. Wonderful photos.

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  11. Samii

    Freedom falls is such a beautiful place. You captured it so well. Its about ten minutes from my home and even though I've been there a million times its still as beautiful as the fist time i ever went there!

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