Hold Me Closer, Inappropriate Dancer: A Buttermilk Falls Triple Achievement

Achievement: #64. Inappropriate Dances in 10 New Locations | #80. Check Out the Buttermilk Falls | #84. See Three Waterfalls

Last year for Christmas, in place of a more traditional present, my cousins and aunt and uncle traveled to rest stops and visitor centers all over the Pittsburgh area to collect brochures for us. Oh yes, they knew that we had 101 more things to come up with before the start of 2011, so their contribution to this massive effort was to bring us all sorts of fabulous ideas in the form of tour books, brochures, and flyers.

One of the things that caught my eye in this fantastic collection present was a visit to Buttermilk Falls.

Now, I’d never heard of Buttermilk Falls before, but I knew two things: one, I love waterfalls. And two, I love rural shit way out in Beaver County.

What YOU should know if you want to be adventurous like us and visit Buttermilk Falls is that there are multiple Buttermilk Falls near Pittsburgh. One of them is well-labeled with an address and a website. The other one is not.

Surely by now you know which one we visited.

Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls is off of the Beaver Falls exit on the 76 Turnpike road, tucked away in between two strip clubs. I swear I’m not making that up. We made a wrong turn and went right when we should have gone left, and there was an adult mart, complete with ‘live girls daily’ (I shudder to think about the quality of these ladies), and after we turned around, we went just slightly too far and passed a ‘gentlemen’s club’.

I assure you, there were no ‘gentlemen’ to be found.

But Buttermilk Falls is there, although it will sneak up on you, and you’ll surely miss it if you’re not paying attention.

Buttermilk Falls
Once you make it to the tiny space and park (only three parking spaces!), you have to maneuver up a few sets of stairs and around all these lovely teases of the upcoming waterfall. It’s been pretty dry lately in the ‘Burgh and surrounding areas, so I figure this could possibly be rushing with water during the rainy season. Still pretty regardless!

Buttermilk Falls
And there the falls are. (I’m not going to lie, I’m arguing grammar in my head a lot when talking about waterfalls. Please forgive me if I make any errors from here out.)

Buttermilk Falls
And just like that, our three-waterfall Achievement was complete! Who knew this little treasure was out there in Beaver County?

Buttermilk Falls
I’m curious as to how you get to the area above the falls. There’s a bridge up there, and some guy was walking around while we were exploring the waterfall, but I couldn’t figure out how the roads connected.

Buttermilk Falls
Alright, don’t lie, who reading this has to pee?

Buttermilk Falls
The view from behind the falls.

Buttermilk Falls
There’s water behind us, I assure you.

Buttermilk Falls
My artsy waterfall photo. I am available to visit and photograph other waterfalls, you know, especially when their senior portrait time rolls around.

Buttermilk Falls
This shot gives you a decent perspective of how big this waterfall really was. I know it would be a muddy mess, but I’d love to see this place a few days after a heavy rain.

Buttermilk Falls
And then, since we were at a waterfall, I thought it was time. TIME TO DANCE INAPPROPRIATELY.

Buttermilk Falls
Be fierce. Be at a waterfall. Just be dancing inappropriately.

Buttermilk Falls
Yes.

Buttermilk Falls
So while it may not have the street cred to rank as a state park, it’s still a natural area, and Buttermilk Falls is just lovely. I would *not* recommend bringing your pup there, as there are a LOT of broken glass chunks along the trail (two theories on this one: 1) natural areas don’t get the same maintenance as state parks, and 2) waterfalls are probably high on the post-peep-show-nature-hike list). And, for the same reason, don’t take off your shoes and dance in this waterfall.

But if you’ve got a dream to visit waterfalls in the tri-state area, put Buttermilk Falls on your list. We are glad we did!

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