Ricketts Glen Falls

MODERATE 361 reviews
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Ricketts Glen Falls is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairmount Twp, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

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nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

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forest

lake

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waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

17 Amazing waterfalls along a steep but well-maintained trail Have good footwear for this one...It's often wet and slippery even though the trail is maintained in excellent condition. This hike is a simple loop that takes you past most of the falls in Ricketts Glen State Park. You can do this loop when camping at the park because it's an easy walk to the trailhead (about a mile each way from most of the campsites). Start at the sign and follow the trail. Turn right when the trail splits and follow the signs to the Falls Trail. You'll shortly see your first waterfall. There is a bridge at "Waters Meet" that you need to cross where the two streams merge - although it's not the halfway point, it is where you'll start heading uphill instead of downhill. Follow the trail up and, if you'd like, you can take the shortcut to the Highland Trail when you see the sign. The Highland Trail will take you back, after passing through the "Midway Crevasse", to the Lake Rose parking lot.

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing!

hiking
7 days ago

Such an amazing place to hike and see all the different falls. Definitely have good shoes for this as it gets slippery. It's well worth spending the day

11 days ago

Beautiful hike only draw back is the multitude of people and the lack of knowledge on trail etiquette. Not sure there is a slow time but worthy the views

14 days ago

It's a nice little workout with some great scenery

20 days ago

One of our favorite hikes. You get to see 22 water falls on this trail. The falls were amazing. The hike it self was great! We went Memorial weekend on Friday. Wasn’t to crowded we started out early. Take your time enjoy the day. The water was rushing pretty nice after a lot of rain. Plenty of place to sit and enjoy lunch.

28 days ago

Hiked Ricketts for my 4th time Tuesday. Parked at the lot on 118 and caught the Falls Trail there. Lot has ample paved parking and restrooms. Picture a balloon on a string and, beginning the hike here is beginning at the bottom of the string. If you drove to the main entrance and did the circular shape of the balloon only ,starting at the top, you’d miss seeing 3 of the 21 Falls. Those three are along the “string” of the balloon. We wanted to see them all so, we began at the Route 118 Falls Trail. Where the string meets the balloon you have a choice of going clockwise around the balloon or counter clockwise. We chose to go clockwise as we remember how steep and wet those rocks were to walk down from the main lot last time. Choosing to go clockwise means walking UP the muddy, wet incline. Much easier and less slippery that way. Once at the top of the balloon, the walk back down the other side is drier and less steep. That’s a much easier return walk. You’ll know when you’ve reached the bottom of the balloon because there’s a large bridge and map of the falls stating “ you are here.” This is the point you choose clockwise or counter clockwise.
The hike itself is vigorous at times and you’ll appreciate the switchbacks as a way to catch your breath. You’ll probably have to stop a handful of times just to catch your breath. You’ll want to stop and view/photograph the falls.
The park supposedly doesn’t allow people in the water at any of the falls but, we saw several families with children dressed in bathing suits who seemed to have every intention of swimming. Wear your bathing suit to hike and maybe a second pair of shoes if it’s hot. You may wanna cool off.

Bring water and something to snack on. Also, the bugs were out, including mosquitos on this day ( thunderstorms the night before) so, bug spray helps.

Love this hike. Hope this helps.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, high traffic.The fall are gorgeous.
Watch your footing, and wear sturdy footwear.

1 month ago

Went on a Friday, parked at lake Jean and did loop. Absolutely stunning. Not many on trail.. This is one of my favorite pa hikes

1 month ago

This hike was beautiful. The waterfalls were stunning.. very very high traffic, which would be the only complaint I could come up with. There were a lot of small children and dogs, but that’s because you can park at base of mountain and walk to a fall that is very close. I would not advise bringing children or dogs on the full hike. Some spots were very dangerous.. and extremely slippery when wet. Mind your footing.. and if people behind you are on your tail.. let them pass (go at the speed you feel most comfortable). It’s important to pay attention because a fall could be very bad. I would suggest starting hike at mountain base that way going back is easier since it’s down hill. I made the mistake of starting at the top of the mountain and then when I reached the bottom... realizing I had to do everything over again, on an incline!! That was very exhausting. Enjoy this beautiful place and stay safe.

hiking
1 month ago

Lives up to the hype. It is an incredible hike. We went on a Tuesday and Wednesday,both days very few people.We start in the parking lot on RT 118 and headed up counter clockwise on the loop.Seemed to work out well for us. Everything is clearly marked,paths were clear but as everyone else has said "wear a comfortable shoe" .Will be returning in the fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved every step of it and it wasn’t that crowded either. Very relaxing.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained and sign-posted trail, lovely waterfalls, path as advertised, definitely agree with the need for good footwear.

hiking
1 month ago

Waterfall Overfload. No shortage of beautiful scenery!! I think I spent more time stopping to look at the falls which were around every run. You can easily access the largest waterfall by parking in the Lake lot and entering the train to your Right. You can do a quick out and back and get to see the largest of the falls. If you enter to your left you will encounter the larger falls towards the end. Either way you enter, it will be a constant and sometimes steep descent until you get about halfway through then it starts a constant and sometimes steep ascent. For us, it took a little over four hours to get there but it was so worth the drive. If you stand at the.

hiking
1 month ago

Not often have I done such a short and simple hike with such spectacular sights. I bid you go. See the wonders in waterfall form.

1 month ago

loved this trail! real easy to do walked it with 2 dogs no problem it has some great views. went after a good rain so the falls has some good flow so the trails were wet but that's to be expected

2 months ago

Very beautiful,we cost three hours walking this trail.

2 months ago

One if my fav local trails. Love the falls!

2 months ago

They should rename this trail and call it, "The Stairmaster" cause that's exactly what it is!

3 months ago

Beautiful scenery and good trails with elevation gain/loss.

hiking
4 months ago

We nailed it and went during the worst weather ever! but this trail is sheltered somewhat and the rain/fog didn't effect us much! Made the colors pop in our pictures too :) Eat at the Rickett's Glenn Hotel...YUMMO! Get the potato thing - it was delicious!

hiking
4 months ago

In Aug 2016, we camped here with our family of ten and hiked over 15 mi in this park. The waterfall trail is amazing. Steep. Slippery. And gorgeous.

hiking
7 months ago

This is my number one all-time favorite trail, I've hiked it probably 20 times or more since I first discovered Ricketts Glen in 2000. Unfortunately the word is out and yes, in the summer it is SLAMMED with people, so don't expect any pristine people-less photos unless you're very very patient. Instead, go in the early spring when the wildflowers abound, go in November when you can feel fall slipping into winter, and go in the winter too! In January or February, starting from Adams Falls on Rt 118 and heading up toward Waters Meet when the waterfalls are frozen is totally amazing. I shouldn't even be telling you my secrets because I don't even want you there, I want to keep this jewel all to myself. On second thought...the Falls Trail is super lame, so stay away!

7 months ago

The views are absolutely spectacular. The only part that I disliked and could really ruin somebody’s hike is the amount of people there. Would be great for colder weather would decrease the foot traffic

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful fall hike! Go early in the day, less crowded. Waterfalls don't disappoint.

trail running
8 months ago

Beautiful place !!
I will be back on summer time

8 months ago

Such amazing views and a great workout! Picked a beautiful Thursday in November to go and it wasn't too crowded.

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I hiked the falls trail on Saturday. The trail was very crowded and many groups were very slow to get around. We were there not just the beauty of the falls but for the hike too. Most of the large groups were mostly near the top by Lake Rose parking and Falls trail from beach parking lot #2. Many were not prepared for this kind of hike, like sandals, flip flops, dress shoes and dress pants. After Waters Meet we came across more serious hikers whom came up from Rt 118 trail head. Overall love the trail but not the crowd. We will be doing it again. Note: Hiking shoes or boots are a good thing for the steep stairs of rock.

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I hiked the falls trail on Saturday. The trail was very crowded and many groups were very slow to get around. We were there not just the beauty of the falls but for the hike too. Most of the large groups were mostly near the top by Lake Rose parking and Falls trail from beach parking lot #2. Many were not prepared for this kind of hike, like sandals, flip flops, dress shoes and dress pants. After Waters Meet we came across more serious hikers whom came up from Rt 118 trail head. Overall love the trail but not the crowd. We will be doing it again. Note: Hiking shoes or boots are a good thing for the steep stairs of rock.

8 months ago

This trail is absolutely gorgeous. The falls are stunning. I took my two children with me so that we could enjoy a beautiful fall Saturday while they're off from school for the weekend. The foliage was quite a sight. The only downfall to going on a Saturday was that the amount of other hikers was just too dense for my comfort with my children there. I spent much of the time stressed over worrying whether or not another adult would knock them down off of some of the steep, narrow passageways alongside the falls. You kind of have to wait your turn and hope that none of the tourists are thoughtless enough to make the kids hike on the cliff side. Thank goodness my girls are seasoned hikers and their comfort level was high. I think we'd have had a better time on a weekday! We'll be back during the Spring to try it on a less crowded day! The trail is worth the hour drive. Just not the crowds.
Tip.. definitely wear proper footwear!

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is absolutely gorgeous. The falls are stunning. I took my two children with me so that we could enjoy a beautiful fall Saturday while they're off from school for the weekend. The foliage was quite a sight. The only downfall to going on a Saturday was that the amount of other hikers was just too dense for my comfort with my children there. I spent much of the time stressed over worrying whether or not another adult would knock them down off of some of the steep, narrow passageways alongside the falls. You kind of have to wait your turn and hope that none of the tourists are thoughtless enough to make the kids hike on the cliff side. Thank goodness my girls are seasoned hikers and their comfort level was high. I think we'd have had a better time on a weekday! We'll be back during the Spring to try it on a less crowded day! The trail is worth the hour drive. Just not the crowds.
Tip.. definitely wear proper footwear!

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