Ricketts Glen Falls is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Benton, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.3 miElevation gain715 ftRoute typeLoop
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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.

Ricketts Glen State Park - (570) 477-5675

Enter Ricketts Glen State Park from PA Rte. 487. Go past the ranger station and across the dam. Make the first right onto the gravel road (you'll pass overflow parking on the right) and follow it to the Lake Rose Parking Area (about 1/2 mile). If necessary you can park in the overflow lot and walk the .5 mile to the trailhead.

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Tara McLaughlin
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april lyon
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Justin Lehman
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Vic Mac
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Keith Hogle
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First time I’ve hiking at Ricketts Glen and I had a blast!

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Cherie Shoemaker
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WOW!!!!! Incredible! Inexplicable! Highly recommend Valley To Summit guides and services! Would not do this trail without them in the winter!

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Bonnie Schmonsees
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Tanya Biscontini
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Hailey Wynne
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Beautiful. Wish we had more daylight to complete the whole trail. Will definitely be back

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Shannon McGinnis
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Beautiful view and falls the entire hike! Crowded on the weekend but it was a warm day for November so that may be why! I’ve done this in both sneakers and in hiking boots and the boots were definitely better! Dress in layers as some parts are more shaded and chillier than others and then in case you get warm from hiking up the falls!

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Lindsay Higdon
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Loved it will come again

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Shannon DeCorrevont
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Jack Casey
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Brian Palermo
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Andrew Becker
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fei zhao
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Sam Seidel
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Catherine Kuyper
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Fun waterfalls, nice climb! Beautiful fall colors! Loved this hike!

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Aly F
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Candyce Riley
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Beautiful!! Definitely need good hiking shoes, some parts were pretty muddy/ slippery but not a big issue at all. Beautiful waterfalls and awesome to see during the fall. Easy to navigate

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Michael Taylor
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Jennifer Little
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Miranda Van Bramer
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Melissa Klotz
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Chul Song
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William Ramsey
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Great place to hike. Leaves were amazing. I've never seen the place have this many hikers.

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Janine Rider
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Paige Matthews
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It was a great half day event. The falls were beautiful.

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Heather Bennison
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Beautiful and fairly simple. Not very crowded on Monday morning. As a solo female hiker I felt totally safe by myself on this trail as well! The falls are beautiful.

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