Bar Bottom Hollow is one of the Loyalsock State Forest’s hidden gems, a deep gorge filled with beautiful waterfalls. The hollow is located just to the east of Jacoby Falls, although the two are not connected by a trail. I first hiked to the hollow a few years ago and this old post will help you navigate.
I parked at Dad Dad Chapman Road and simply walked the road to a spruce forest and logged area, where I took an obvious grade to the right for a mile. This grade descended and right before reaching some pine trees and laurel, I turned right for a quick off trail hike. I soon intercepted an old grade (red on the map below, all trails and grades are unblazed) and crossed the creek. This red route is the most scenic entrance into the hollow; I did not follow it on my prior trip to the hollow, which is linked to the old post above.
The red grade followed the creek downstream and soon passed a multi-tiered fifteen foot falls over mossy ledges. I was able to go behind the falls, under the ledges.
The grade continued, staying above the gorge. I could hear a second falls deep in the gorge, but it was out of sight. It is a 10-12 foot falls in a grotto with many tumbling springs, a beautiful sight. The grade climbed through some laurel, descended to a sidestream, crossed it, and then descended along the small sidestream into a glen with small cascades. It soon returned to the creek with more rapids and cascades.
The glen continued downstream passing large mossy boulders and hemlocks. It crossed the creek and continued with views of rapids, slides, and hemlocks. I enjoyed a 12 foot slide falls and just downstream was Bar Bottom Falls, a stunning 20-25 foot falls in a grotto, with a second falls joining from a side stream. The orange grade on the map joins the red grade near this falls.
The beauty of this gorge with its waterfalls and mossy ledges is hard to describe. Bar Bottom Falls is just so beautiful.
There are more waterfalls downstream and the grade provides easy access. However, due to rain and fading daylight, I did not venture any further than Bar Bottom Falls.
Be sure to spend some time exploring Bar Bottom Hollow, it is a place you will not soon forget.
The red grade on the map is the most scenic. Unfortunately, at its northern end it fades into laurel right before the orange grade, but this laurel is easy to bypass.