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2 days ago

This is a pretty cool hike even during the winter. The "dull inner forest" noted by Shannon below is compensated by the snow :-) It was a pretty cold day so no snowshoes were needed. The trail is not marked, but it can be followed easily. The vistas as fab! Great as a daytrip for beginners from New Yorker too! Highly recommended!

Fun trail is you are looking to play. Can' t get in a long distance, but fun to explore. Water was flowing so creek crossings were high and unavoidable. Only one on the trail... cold!

If you need a quick fix of Mother Nature this the place convenient and very easy trails the Main trail follows the river to the Tobyhanna warter falls small in size but very powerful if your quite and still you will observe a few local residents across the waterfalls lives a giant beaver he usually chills under the boulders directly across the falls also large otters observe the little red squirrels along the trail they are very cool

One of my absolute favorite places... i have done this trail and all other trails in ricketts glen more than i can count.

Shout out to the person below me that said Glen Coco

Very pretty vistas but a lot of dull inner forest trail before getting there. Worth it if glen coco is frozen over and you’re in the area.

Went out looking for ice; unfortunately coverage was minimal. We traversed the entire loop without strapping on spikes or crampons. Still a great hike and not another soul out there. We’ll definitely be back when the real cold sets in.

Easy Flat gravel trail, missed the turn to the overlook and over shot by 0.25 miles. Muddy once on the turnoff, but view is worth it. Is game land so wear some orange in season.

The trail has it all! Waterfalls, evergreens, well marked, loops and strait aways. It’s close to perfect, even in winter.

Nice falls. Quite heavily frequented even during wintery weather conditions. There is no loop next to the falls (except maybe if you feel like climbing on the rocks). It definitely is an in and out trail.

Easy and beautiful. We were looking for a short hike before sunset and were really impressed by the beauty of such a short trail, especially the portion along the river.

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

Very cool topography at the boulder field.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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