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Ricketts Glen Falls Loop is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sweet Valley, 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.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 1,010 ft Route type Loop

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Please beware of weather related closures. Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park is the classic hike in the park. It's also one of the best hikes in all of Pennsylvania and is considered by many to be the single best waterfall hike in the eastern United States. The 7-mile semi-loop through both Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh visits 21 named waterfalls, the highest being 94' Ganoga Falls. Start your journey at the bottom of the glens along Highway 118, parking at either the Evergreen Parking Area on the south side of the highway, or the small picnic area and trailhead on the north side. If parking at the Evergreen Parking Area, pick up a park map at the kiosk and carefully walk across the highway to reach the start of the Falls Trail on the west bank of Kitchen Creek. If you're starting from the picnic area, a short connector trail takes you across a bridge over Kitchen Creek to join the main Falls Trail. For the first mile, Falls Trail follows an old roadbed on a mostly level course along Kitchen Creek. You'll be in a mixed hardwood forest for the entire hike. Because the steep terrain in the glens prevented logging, you'll pass through some old growth forest along the way. Spruce trees become more common as you climb in elevation. If you're hiking in the spring, look for blossoming dogwood trees and a variety of wildflowers. You'll cross two sturdy wooden bridges over Kitchen Creek before reaching a split in the trail. Here, the Lower Trail to the right descends to follow very closely along the bank of Kitchen Creek. This trail is occasionally quite exposed and can also be flooded if Kitchen Creek is running high. To your left, the alternate Upper Trail climbs briefly, then contours along the hillside on a wide path. Both the Lower and Upper Trails reunite at the first waterfall in the Glens: 16' Murray Reynolds Falls. While not particularly high, this waterfall is quite beautiful and provides a taste of what you'll encounter further up the trail. As you pass each waterfall, look for small wooden signs identifying the name of the fall. These signs are attached directly to the rock on the opposite side of the creek, usually near the crest of the waterfall. Continue on a gradual climb along Kitchen Creek, passing 36' Sheldon Reynolds Falls and 27' Harrison Wright Falls before reaching a major trail junction at Waters Meet. Here, the trails split, with the Ganoga Glen Trail continuing straight up the west bank of Kitchen Creek while the Glen Leigh Trail crosses a bridge to your right to climb up into Glen Leigh. Waters Meet is an idyllic spot, with waterfalls visible up both of the glens. For our hike, we'll climb up Ganoga Glen, then take the Highland Trail over to Glen Leigh, where we'll descend into Glen Leigh and eventually return to this spot. Starting up Ganoga Glen, the trail passes 47' Erie Falls, 47' Tuscarora Falls, and 17' Conestoga Falls. The trail gradually becomes steeper and more narrow as you climb up the glen. Staircases assembled from natural stone help with the ascent of the steeper sections, but lack guardrails of any kind. Water seeps down onto the trail from above, meaning that you are virtually guaranteed to encounter muddy, slippery conditions at any time of year. Continuing your climb up the glen, cross a side stream on a wooden bridge and come to 39' Mohican Falls. Pass 37' Delaware Falls and 12' Seneca Falls before passing a trail junction on your left. This signed trail connects to the Ganoga View Trail and the Old Beaver Dam Road Trail to the west of Ganoga Glen. Looking up the glen, you will shortly see Ganoga Falls. At 94', it's the highest waterfall in the park, and twice as high as any of the other waterfalls. Before climbing to the top of the falls, you'll want to take an unmarked side path to your right that leads to the base of the falls. This is where you'll find the best view of the entire waterfall. At the top of the falls, views are limited as the trail has to climb above a steep embankment rather than follow along the bank of the stream. Resist the temptation to wander off-trail down the embankment, as this is where many accidents occur. Continuing uphill, you'll pass 11' Cayuga Falls, 13' Oneida Falls, and 37' Mohawk Falls before reaching a major trail junction. Here, turn right on the Lake Rose Trail and continue uphill. The trail to the left connects to the Old Beaver Dam Road Trail. The Lake Rose Trail eventually leads up to the Lake Rose Trailhead, a possible alternative start if you want to do a shorter loop and still see most of the park's waterfalls. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto the Highland Trail for the traverse over to Glen Leigh. The trail here is very different than the one you've been on so far. It's mostly a level walk through the woods. Enroute to Glen Leigh, you'll pass through Midway Crevasse, a narrow passageway through a rock formation of Pocono sandstone.

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Completed (2019)
Nolan Sellers
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Love the Falls Trail!

Waynet Ramos
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Top #2! Beautiful, breathless, worth it at least once in a lifetime.

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Annette Murray
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Beautiful hike. Nice shade. The sounds and sights were breathtaking and so was the uphill climb. Lol. I’m just a 40 something mom in poor shape but I was able to do it, with a couple short breaks. I want to go back every year and do it.

Kayla Lynch
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Loved this trail! So many beautiful water falls. I recommend wearing hiking boots due to how wet and slippy some of the stone steps are. This trail is difficult on the way back, due to consistently going uphill, but worth the views!

Anthony Lutero
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HikingFloodedGreat!Muddy

On our drive up it was a monsoon but as soon as we got to the trailhead the rain stopped and the waterfalls were FLOWING. First time here and this is by far the best trail I have experienced on the east side of PA state. I usually do not like hiking in PA but this was great. Slippery on the rocks, excercise caution when near the falls. Some paths were flooded but I enjoyed it, my boots were fine.

Eddie Witkowski
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Loved it. It was supposed to be over 90° out and this was still such a nice hike!!

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cindy kin
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The waterfalls are incredibly beautiful and very diverse. Definitely worth the extra steps down to the Harrison and Sheldon falls just below the base of the typical trail. Get there early though, we arrived this morning at 7:45 and they were only about six cars in the parking lot. When we left the trail at 10:45 a.m. the parking lot was completely full. There are no railings and there are some steep drop offs so be careful if you’re hiking with kids. Tiring but not so bad if you’re in decent physical condition.

Bel K
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful trail with mesmerizing views of natural waterfalls! The paths were a bit steep going up and down and a tad slippery but definitely manageable and worth the sights. The trail is clearly marked and a good hike for a cool day :)

Aidan Duffield
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Lissa Poirot
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Says 6 miles but my trackers had me under 4. So very crowded; should have started at the crack of down. Great trail with lots of rocks to climb; can get slippery, even in right boots.

Tiffany Vuong
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Amazing and beautiful place, the trail is very well maintained, definitely worth the trip. It can get so busy and takes longer to hike through the entire trail. Some areas are steep and strenuous, recommend hiking shoes and stick.

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Jeff Fisher
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Absolutely awesome trail. Get in and out early before the weekend and holiday crowds. It’s no fun doing a tough hike with 300 other people all on a mostly single lane highway. We started at 8:20 and didn’t fight too many people but going out it was 25 to 1 people coming in vs us 2 going out.

Jamue Willard
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Great Trail! Def need hiking shoes for the terrain up and down. My kids loved the trail as well and taking pictures.

Brynn Powell
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Tougher than I thought it would be. Lots of people as well!

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Morgan Losch
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Anila Ali
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Great trail but extremely hard to social distance because of how busy it is. Make sure you bring a mask.

Nathan Moore
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this trail is excellent take your time take in every sight

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Bryan Rohrbaugh
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Andrew Conboy
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Definitely one of the best parks in PA. I really enjoyed all 22 named waterfalls and amongst the old growth forests. There were several extremely tall and old Eastern Hemlock trees along the trail, that gave strong redwood forest vibes. Amazing!

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Tracy Galada
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HikingMuddy

Great trail. Got poured on, however the trail remained well marked and relatively easy to navigate. Care need be taken on slippery rocks near the falls. Had a great time. Would absolutely return.

Lisa McKerrow
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We took our 5 & 7 yr old today, started at 0800 and were done about 3 hrs, 50 min with a few snack breaks. There were only 3 cars in the lot when we arrived, but it was packed before noon. My husband and I have hiked here before and would never have brought our children without hiking prior. There are a lot of steep dropoffs, ledges, slick rock, a lot of steps. They've been hiking all season on longer hikes, but this was the most challenging for them due to the slickness. I held my youngest hand most of the way with our trekking poles in the other hand. A must is hiking boots/shoes with traction. We saw a lot of people in sandals/flip flops. This is our favorite hike in Pennsylvania!

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