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Easy access from the road, ample parking, and close approaches to the scenic creek. Great option for hiking with novices or seniors.

hiking
6 days ago

The falls are beautiful and a must see if near the area, trail is easy enough to follow and this hike can be done in under 30 mins. Not so good, lots of college aged kids screaming, blocking the trail and drinking beer. Pretty sure this is a common occurrence as the falls smelled heavily like beer, its unfortunate people cant respect the environment.

hiking
6 days ago

Boulder field is a really interesting geological anonymity that I highly recommend you check out if you havent yet. Couple of reason for the lower rating though, 1. there is a gravel road that leads right up to boulder field, so its pretty guaranteed that the field will be packed on any given nice weather day, and that results in there being higher than usual trash and even some graffiti on the rocks. 2. Its really close to a highway so theres high traffic noise for most of the hike. Again I highly recommend you check it out but after doing it twice myself I doubt ill be returning.

Ricketts Glen is by far the best trail I’ve ever been to. All of the waterfalls are amazing , a must see for everyone.. Get your camera ready this place is breathtaking. I recommend good shoes and a walking stick!

hiking
14 days ago

Quick easy in and out. Beautiful views.

Beautiful scenic overlook

The walk in was kind of boring... the first 3 quarters of it is just a flat state game lands road. Then the last quarter is a flat trail through the woods. Easy. Nice fall colors right now. The overlook is amazing!!! Just breathtaking. You can hear the rushing water of the river down below.

on Hawk Falls Trail

hiking
20 days ago

Family friendly short and shaded trail. The first hiking experience for my 4 year old child. He was excited and was able to complete the whole trail without getting a piggyback.

This is a very pretty fall hike along the creek. Muddy though. Like really muddy. Like lose you shoes in the muck muddy. Wear it as a badge of honor.

Get there early because it is a narrow trail that gets very crowded

Gravel trail, well marked, very minor elevation changed. It took 2.5 hrs with a short bathroom and lunch break.

hiking
29 days ago

Heavily used small trail. Popular with families. More of an out and back then a loop. Scenic, though crowed waterfall. Small climb by bottom of waterfall.

Trail is well marked and has beautiful views
of Tobyhanna creek.

Very cool topography at the boulder field.

hiking
1 month ago

kinda was worth the view but went after the rain and trail to the view very muddy wet.

Great hike! By top the prettiest waterfalls I’ve seen in the area. I would definitely do it again. The trail is wet and slippery with many steps so wear hiking boots but worth every step. Do the hike after some rain so much better.

hiking
1 month ago

There may not be a single better trail in Pennsylvania.

Wear good footwear, waterproof and good traction on wet and slippery stone. Even if it is a dry day the spray from the waterfalls, and the smaller streams that feed the main one will make the stone wet. Most of the steps are simply cut into the stone. Far more sturdy than wood and mud, but can be slippery.

Most of the hike is in a valley, keep this in mind when picking a start time, the sun will "set" early.

Wind from the valley will make it seem much colder that it is in the surrounding area.

Great trail with great views. Whole family enjoyed the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short (3 mile) hike. Half of it is on gravel road. The wooded part is picturesque, but part of it had turned into a stream from flooding when we were there. The trail runs through state game lands, so if it is hunting season you might consider wearing bright colors. The vista overlook is great.

Very good trails

Super muddy and lots of standing water on Saturday afternoon! Not crowded, really easy (but long) walk, beautiful landscape and greenery.

Nice short trail. Well shaded. Virtually my own private haven. I literally saw 2 other people on the trail (which is precisely the reason why I went the week AFTER Labor Day)

on Ricketts Glen Falls

hiking
1 month ago

Love it here

hiking
1 month ago

It was pretty easy, but by the end very beautiful, will be in my list of favorite trails

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail with a 5 year old. He hiked most of it and backpacked a bit. Without him, this trail definitely would be easy. That being said we clocked 7.3 miles, not 6. Just be aware that number is low. Also, from all the rain, a lot of the trail was marsh and even some active creek.

hiking
2 months ago

Not good for family hike with kids. Encounter Cooperhead and Rattlesnake on the trees and in between the rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is great for families to hike together and practice safety since is easy but it has some challenges. You can get prepared together so you'll ready when taking those moderate and hard trails out there. Hooyah!!!

hiking
2 months ago

As others mentioned there's stream crossings. Be mindful of the weather and current rainfall as many trail parts show water runoff. Not sure on the normal water levels- went after recent rainfall during September and the stream was about 1'+ high depending where I crossed. There's a second unmapped trail with no water crossings but its uphill and gets overgrown in places.

Update: went back after a couple days of no rain and the water levels had a noticeable drop. If you don't want to use a map, the trail basically follows the water upstream. The "ruins" are a halfway point with a small waterfall near the end.

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