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.
Wow! I'm new to hiking and this trail showed me how widely the moderate difficulty rating can vary. I intended to do only the cherry loop. Somehow I ended up doing 6.7 miles of boot sucking mud, streams with slick rocks and a lot of downhill ice. It didn't help that I had two dogs with me. I wouldn't recommend this for the beginner, at least this time of year. What I saw of it was beautiful but mostly I was watching where every step was going to go.
went out camping this weekend and basically had the entire park to myself. the falls were really raging which is always a huge plus. however don't think you'll get near the falls without some proper ice climbing gear and know-how. even for the regular trails this time of yeah I recommend some simple Hillsound Freestep6 spike style crampons. they're $20 less than the competition and work just as well trust me.
Ricketts Glen is my favorite place for not only hiking, but camping as well. It is so peaceful and beautiful. The trails are amazing, and the others who hike here are always very polite which is something I very much appreciate. It's a great place to relax, and if you're a photographer, this is a great place to get some stunning nature photos.
Amazing falls! Pretty crowded all the time during the summer. The trail is well marked and easy to follow,, there are even stairs during some portions. But it is very slippery so come prepared. Definitely a good day hike,, there is lots to explore.
The Falls Trail is closed for the season between November and April. I made the mistake of driving three hours to hike a closed trail. I should have checked first.
The Cherry run trail is open though. A calm 10ish miles back and forth
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.