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Love this trail. Hiked twice — once in the spring and once in the middle of summer. Would like to try again in the fall. Can be very crowded, but the falls are breathtaking and worth it. Good idea to bring bug spray on this hike during the summer.

it was a nice Sunday in Nov, not too cold. We visit MT. Gretna for the 1st time and so glad we did. We will be back and more prepared for a hike! I didn't realize how much this area had to offer; hiking, mountain biking and Rock Climbing just to name a few.

This is obviously a great hike, though it can be crowded at times. Awesome falls just about the entire hike. It took us about 4 hours to do the loop on a less crowded day. It can be slippery so use caution. Must do hike and IMHO late October early November is the best time.

Trail is beautiful! Falls vary in size but all are great. Just hiked today and leaves made for slippery rocks and trails but the scenery was perfect! Great fall hike for sure. I will definitely return. My German Shepherd who is almost 11 years old pretty much ran this whole trail which means I did as well. Also lots of detours into the water for fun! Great trail for dogs (if larger in size and in good shape) lots of well marked trails and plenty of spots to step aside to let people pass. Highly recommend this trail! Experience it because it's worth it!

heavily packed on weekends.

This is one of my favorite hikes that I’ve ever done!! It’s amazing to see so many waterfalls in one day! Each big & beautiful! Easy trail. Don’t miss the little red lizards!

This is one of my favorite hikes! It is very crowded during the summer because people swim at the base of the falls, but the trails are never overpacked. The rocks can get very slippery so you need to wear shoes with good traction. The views are incredible every step of the way!

This was such an amazing hike that I came back 2 days later and hiked the loop again. A must see for everyone.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful views in the fall and Summer. Starting at Ellendale Forge in Dauphin to Lebanon is about 17 miles. The Appalachian Trail intersects the Trail with views of Rouches Gap and the old Cemetery. The Stoney Creek runs close by at all times but sometimes you have to make a short detour. Pass by Rattling Run - about four miles from the gate at Ellendale Forge. It is open one day a year to drive through.

Historically, the area was used in the 1800’s as a resort to heal sore muscles believed to be because of the minerals in the Water.

You can still see remains of the housing and if you are lucky, you can still find pieces of plates of the time period. Horseshoe Trail is worth exploring if you have the time and stamina. Their is also Saint Paul’s Trail which is very steep. The Devils Run is worth the effort but be prepared for the elements and ensure you bring the correct gear for Hiking. You can drink the water from some springs but it’s recommended for you to either boil or use purification tablets particularly in the fall and hunting season.

hiking
1 month ago

I love it here

Great hike with lots of steps. Recommend hiking boots as it was wet throughout the trail.

Pretty trail but not paved, so can be a good workout if pulling a toddler in a trailer!! Will be back to complete the trail :)

Great hike. One of the best in Pennsylvania I would have to agree. Went the full loop and saw all the falls. Definitely will come back and do it again.

Even though it is kind of a tough loop. I had not hiked in a long while and was able to make it through it without too much pain. Very important to have good hiking shoes because the trail is quite rocky and wet.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Been there almost annually for past 5 years in January. Crampons and ice gear a MUST in Winter

beautiful! was expecting one fall and a short hike .. 6 miles later and about 30 falls later! so cool.

Beautiful trail starting from top with a moderate effort going back up.

An amazing place every Pennsylvanian should hike. Such a gem, and we are so lucky to have this place in PA. The waterfalls are all beautiful and breathtaking. I loved every minute we were there. Swam in a couple holes and waterfalls which was refreshing. Very busy when I was there. The hike is hard at times and can be dangerous if not prepared. I completed the whole loop...was about 9 miles total, but worth it! Make sure you wear boots there. I saw several people almost die because they had the wrong footwear.

A little crowded but with this kind of scenery it’s to be expected. If you’re a fan of waterfalls you got to do this hike. It is a photographers dream.

didn't really know what to expect when the hubby and I decided to hike this trail. honestly we thought it was going to be a dud with a bunch of small waterfalls. we were completely wrong. this loop was awesome! took some amazing photos and had a lovely relaxing afternoon. in total it took about 4 hours, but we took our time and soaked in the beauty. we went on a Thursday morning. the trail was rather quiet we maybe came across 6 to 10 other groups. I cant wait to explore this trail again next year when we are back in pa!

My absolute favorite trail. i've been going to Ricketts since I was a little boy on school trips. getting a little crowded for my liking, but definitely a must see trail.

Beautiful old growth forest and great waterfalls, if you'd like to avoid crowds on weekends you'd have to go out very early, as for difficulty it's lower end moderate imo , it's basically steep stairways.

Great hike! Falls are beautiful. Fantastic hike.

2 months ago

Finally got to hike the falls loop trail! The waterfalls were spectacular.

Awesome trail, but (obviously) wear good hiking boots - other trail shoes may be fine, but rain or shine, there's a lot of mud. I'm a beginner, so I was very glad I brought a proper walking stick. Pretty sure it saved me from busting my butt on some of the multiple rock downhills! (For what it's worth, I'm also what you might call ... not graceful.)

Look for Aldon Place trail head. there is a nice parking. it is down hill heading into Lebanon but the ride back wasn't hard. Nice trail for an easy bike ride.

Great hike, the rain made the falls magnificent. Glad we did what was recommended and went up the steeper side and wearing a great pair of waterproof hiking boots is essential.

What a spectacular place to hike! I definitely agree with others' recommendations to park at the Route 118 lot and head out from there, going clockwise around the loop. The steep steps are easier to climb up than to descend. Wear appropriate footwear, as everything is wet and can be slippery. Where the Falls Trail and the Highland Trails meet, we took a short walk to the Lake Rose parking area in search of picnic tables. We didn't find any, but instead sat on the ledge of the pavilion to eat. There are restrooms there, and trash cans in the restrooms. The descent takes you very close to the edge of some of the falls, and the steps are still a little steep, so if you have a fear of heights- as I do- prepare yourself for that. Swimming is prohibited, although that didn't stop several people from getting in the water (insert frowny face here). It did feel good to splash some cold water on our faces, though! We departed the parking lot around 10 am, and since I stopped multiple times to take pictures, it took us around 6 hours. Crowds weren't too bad for the first half, but increased as we went down the East side of the Falls Trail. I imagine if you go during the week, or get started even earlier, it probably isn't too bad. All in all a fantastic day!

I think this may have been the most beautiful hike we’ve ever done in PA!

hiking
3 months ago

10/10 would hike again.

I love this place! Started the Falls Trail at 9:30..Just, early enough before it gets to busy..Because of all the rain the past week, the water and the falls were roaring along! If your going to hike this trail, the one important thing you need to do is wear the right footwear!! It’s slippery, some parts are steep and rocky.. You should definitely take time and go enjoy Ricketts Glen State Park!!!

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