MONTOURSVILLE — The relatively short 1.6-mile hike to Jacoby Falls from the Cotner Trailhead in Lycoming County is a favorite among many — and for many reasons. It’s not too long, not too steep and not too difficult.

For me, it’s because it’s incredibly satisfying, and accessible year-round. Whether it’s a quick out and back after work and before sundown during warmer months, or a more laborious trek in the snow and ice on a sub-freezing winter day, Jacoby Falls offers hikers a chance to see the splendor of Mother Nature in each and every hiking season.

Chris Brady is managing editor at The Standard-Journal and can be reached at

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