Looking for a great trail in Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Ricketts Glen State Park ranging from 2.1 to 9.7 miles and from 1,276 to 2,467 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Did it on Thanksgiving eve and the trail was completely quiet, probably because it was closed unless you were registered and had the proper equipment. I had crampons but they weren't necessary at all this early, there was barely any ice. It was amazing though to have the whole trail with all the waterfalls to myself! I highly recommend you get the proper equipment so you can hike this trail early winter, it is so much more enjoyable when the trail isn't overflowing with people.

It is closed because of ice! Jail and fines if you go on thr trail! Nothing was changed the the government website, I guess we will have to come back !!!

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icy
1 month ago

Closed unless you have at least crampons. Ranger at Ganoga falls will evict you and issue citations. However, get the right gear and go now. Absolutely beautiful with ice formations. Most trails are completely clear but a few immediately on the falls are dangerously slippery.

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1 month ago

There are so many great waterfalls on one trail. Check out my full write up of our winter trip which includes directions and other things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/rickettsglen

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Gorgeous waterfalls. I don’t recommend bringing your dog nor little ones. It’s pretty slippery.

As an experienced hiker and trail runner, I can say that this is hands-down one of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever experienced. The amount of waterfalls along this trail is amazing and each one is more impressive than the next. I also went when the fall colors were changing and after a strong rain which only made the experience more incredible. If you are considering doing this trail, definitely go for it, you won’t regret it.

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muddy
1 month ago

love it, beautiful!

What a great hike! Went on 10/25. Missed peak foliage by about a week or so. Only hiked once prior to this. Difficulty is moderate. A few steep incline/declines but very manageable. Wear good boots as trails can be wet and slippery.

This trail did exactly what I was looking for......It wore me out! Great views on the Falls Trail on the way up. Started at 9:30am and trail was already getting crowded....as expected. When we made it to the top and cut over to Bulldozer Road, it was a different story. We felt like we had the trail to ourselves. It was challenging though due to all the leaves covering the rocks on the road and the road was wet for a considerable portion of the 3 miles. The last two miles were tough as it is a steep downhill. Plenty of work on the calves and butt on the way up but peppered the knees pretty good on the way down. Bulldozer road was very quiet and serene. We had a great day that was challenging throughout.

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rocky
1 month ago

I've Hike Rickets Glen Falls Trail several times. It's very scenic and beautiful. The only issue is, it's a busy trail even during the week, at work hours. However, if you don't hike often or out of shape, then this trail is very challenging. Otherwise, it's not bad, or super hard and a great hike.

Beyond beautiful! I had every intention of kayaking Lake Jean after my hike but ended up hiking 2 hours longer than I planned. I started out on a Saturday morning at about 9am. It started getting crowded around noon, but nothing unbearable. Enjoy yourself and take in the sights. They are countless.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, slippery in some spots and very crowded yesterday but nice to see so many people and dogs out and about to see the falls and the beautiful changing colors of the season.

Awesome

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Much like Bushkill Falls, but far better in my opinion...and free! Absolutely fantastic hike with numerous waterfalls and cool trails/steps with many that go right next to the falls. I finally got around to this hike after hearing so much about it over the years and was not let down. Would rate with 10 stars if they had it. Most scenic hike that I’ve been on, at least in PA. Rather hard to put the camera down and actually do the hiking. Much of the rocks/steps do remain wet so need to be careful around some of the ledge areas.

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2 months ago

We started down Gangola Trail to Waters Meet and then up Glen Leigh to Highland Trail and it was the perfect direction. some steep spots but definitely the best route to go

Without a doubt, the falls loop is the best part of this trail. Nothing to really see on Bear Walk trail, but is easy enough trail to take after doing either of the falls loop ascents. Wide, mostly gravel path (Bear Walk). 5 for the falls, 3 for Bear Walk portion. Highland Trail is probably a little more interesting than Bear Walk, but is mostly just a connector for the falls loop.

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2 months ago

Awesome experience no matter which direction you go (number of photos posted pretty much says it all). So many waterfalls, and the trail is really cool the way it winds around them on numerous wide rock steps (though many of the them are wet). Highland trail is well maintained as well.

Falls loop aside (5 stars, of course) would rate the rest of this hike as 3. The Old Beaver Dam Rd is pretty much just that...old, grassy road. It's the easiest part of the hike and could even do trail running on it, but doesn't offer anything interesting other than some change in forest vegetation and solitude away from the falls. Note that Grand View Trail does not actually have any view. There is a nice steady ascent involved in that loop, but once you are at the top where the fire tower is, you cannot see above the trees.

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muddy
2 months ago

The falls part of the trail, of course, is spectacular. The Bulldozer segment is more remote/wooded wide path most of the way with some muddy/wet sections. Would recommend getting there early and going counter-clockwise to get through the falls first before the crowds, then is just peaceful trail rest of the way with a long descent back to the lot which isn't too rocky.

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muddy
2 months ago

The best segment of this trail is the northern part of the loop between the old reservoir and Mountain Springs trail. I had taken this counter clockwise which was decent, but not much to see along the southern portion. Once I got to the actual Cherry Run was a nice surprise with a small waterfall and very scenic stream the rest of the way up with some bridges to cross. After leaving the stream it is very nice, narrow curvy path but is well blazed. The segment between Cherry Run and where Mountain Springs begins was pretty wet/muddy despite being a dry couple of months, but still enough rocks on the trail to hop around.

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2 months ago

"Grand" view indeed...if only could see above the trees. Fire tower is fenced/locked out as are most fire towers in the parks these days. Regardless, I enjoyed this trail due to the variety it provides (wide grassy path, gravel road, narrow rocky woods). Also, since is away from the falls trail, avoids the crowds and much more peaceful. Very pretty when leaves are starting to change color. I did see an unblazed trail at the top and seemed to go down a little...didn't take it, but wonder if maybe led to an actual view.

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2 months ago

Nice and easy little loop with a neat waterfall at the beginning. Once you pass the waterfall and cross the bridge over the stream, it is mostly narrow path throughout the woods with multiple sign posts of information along the way.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Trail was not well marked or maintained. We got a little over halfway then noticed orange markings that were a little more helpful but led us off the trail. Very muddy and wet. Waterfalls were nice. Not a terrible trail but Overall not as impressed as I’d thought.

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