Ricketts Glen harbors Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the scenic area. Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. This large park is comprised of 13,050 acres in Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties.
Diverse terrain... some bouldering if you want to explore the awesome rock formations just off the start of the Falls Trail (definitely DO have fun on the rocks for a bit), the descent is easy, just slippery, so watch your step and bring proper footwear & always have a hold on something if climbing around the Falls. The ascent gets steep... felt like constant lunges at points, but I have long legs and wide strides are my default and downfall with climbing. Great workout throughout the hike... loved it! Of course the Falls are breath taking! Next time I'll make sure to go after some rain so I can see the Falls in their full glory. It had been pretty dry when I went, so my photos didn't quite look like what I had seen of friends' who had done it.
This is one of my favorite trails, especially if you can get there on a week day or early before too many others come because it does become a pretty busy trail. It shouldn't be taken lightly, hiking boots are definitely recommended. Also be sure to watch your step. Much of the trail is straight up or down steps, so you have to be paying attention. If you bring kids, keep a close eye on them. The falls are gorgeous as well as the surrounding scenery. It does tend to dry up a lot in the summer time. It's a work out for sure.
Christine A. on Kitchen Creek Falls Trail
This is one of my favorite trails. Try to go each Fall around Columbus Day to enjoy the fall foliage. Very difficult and challenging. Recommend parking at the bottom of the mountain and hike up. Follow trail to the left at the bridge as that side is steeper.
I was so impressed with this trail. The beauty of the waterfalls and how well the trail was maintained made this hike one of the best I've done. We started at the parking by Rt. 118 with a few cars. The only downfall of this hike were the crowds. There were so many people that it made it a challenge to go up and down. The trail can be very slippery in areas; so proper hiking shoes are ideal.
My recommendation would be to start as early as you can. Overall, this was a beautiful trail and I am already planning on going back. Enjoy!