Sullivan Run Trail to Lewis Falls

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Ricketts Glen State Park

Sullivan Run Trail to Lewis Falls is a 13.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.4 km Elevation Gain: 587 m Route Type: Out & Back

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The trail is not marked very well, but if you make it to the small pull-off area, you will definitely be able to hear Sullivan falls roaring in the distance. The trail starts at the small parking lot, but if you take the trail you are going to miss all the waterfalls. The best way to experience this section is to start at the top of Sullivan Falls and simply walk the stream. Stick to the left of any branches in the stream and continue up about .7 miles. That's when you will stumble into the second waterfall. There are about 5 -6 waterfalls in total, and like the creator of the trail said, it is a pretty technical/strenuous hike. Most of the waterfalls you have to climb up in order to continue on and there is one section that depending on the water level, you can't keep going unless you don't mind swimming and climbing up a waterfall. With that said, it is definitely an adventure!

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5 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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6 months ago

Super fun for advanced hikers. Be sure to download your map in advance- no service on or near the mountain. Make your own path and enjoy the views! Watch for snakes and bears (I saw both on my ten mile loop)

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10 months ago

I did the loop a little different and I saw a ton of waterfalls. A tough trail no doubt, but worth the work. Check out my full write up along with directions and things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/gamelands13/

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Tue Jun 12 2018

All in all a good hike. Some amazing falls without the crowds of Rickets Glenn. We did an over night from Saturday to Sunday and only saw two other groups the whole time. The gps took us to a parking spot on Grassy Hollow road, which left us about a mile short of the actual trail head. We walked to the start of the trail head on Jemerson City rd, and hiked about 4 miles to the water falls (Twin Falls, and another one, not sure if that’s Big Falls or Lewis). The trail is very lightly traveled and not well marked, but, it was dry and not rocky so that was a plus. After we got to the falls (which were beautiful), we camped. The next morning we ended up making a loop instead of walking back. We walked on Grassy Hollow rd back to the car, so it actually worked out better that way.

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Thu Apr 19 2018

Amazing nature hike! Trails are quite difficult, not quite as hard as Glen Onoko but I definitely recommend this one too!

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Sun Apr 09 2017

It's a really great trail with awesome view of the falls. Made the whole loop at the end of last summer but while I was out today I lot the trail about 4.2 miles in. Good luck. And I'll see you out there. Cheers.

Sun Jul 17 2016

Most trails are around water. 2 snake encounters, be careful. No worries

Fri Jul 03 2015

Couldn't find it... Does anyone have any tips? The GPS brought me to 13 gameland down a poorly developed road and after 2 miles I decided to turn around and just go to Ricketts Glen.

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Sun Jun 22 2014

My son wanted to hike this place that I had told him about but, I had not hiked it for 29 years. I had spent a lot of time up the Lewis Falls in my younger days since a friend owned the White House (Lead Run Gun Club), and I had my own private room there. This is still the best place to be when the temperature soars during summer. Every falls on this run has it's own deep swimming hole but, I doubt that the water temp rarely breaks 52*. I can remember doing this hike without getting my feet wet from jumping back and forth across the slippery rocks in the stream but, not at age 57. Getting up around to the top of a falls in order to continue required steep vertical climbs up very loose and slippery moss covered rocks. Watching out for snakes is imperative because one could be under any rock or on any ledge that you grabbed to pull yourself up. The only thing bad about this hike was when we reached the top falls where a trail connects to the access road and saw where ATVs were making trails. While we rested before heading back down a dirt bike rider showed up. I fear that soon garbage will start to appear since there were already signs of campfires present. I'm saddened by this because this is one of my favorite places on earth.

hiking
Sun Apr 22 2012

I have been been up and back this trip about four time in the last two years taking pictures of the waterfalls from Sullivan Falls, Pigeon Falls, Bear Run Fall, 5th Falls, Ore Run Falls. I have also hike the Heberly Run Side up to Lewis Falls and subsequent trips to Big Falls and Twin Falls. As Scott Brown put in his book Pennsylvania Waterfalls "To give you a good sense of what lies upstream from Pigeon Falls, consider trying to hike nearby Ricketts Glenn State Park before the trail was built." I still have more to explore.

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Mon Apr 09 2012

I am completely amazed that I grew up here and never realized that there was a trail here. Some of the photos are clearly of Sullivan Falls which I have jumped off of at least 500 times (do not do it, it is not recommended and not legal). I have undertaken that idiotic endeavor for each year since 1994. This is my very favorite place in PA or anywhere, and not entirely happy that the secret is out. I'll have to look around for a trail next time.

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Sat Aug 13 2011

While I have only done one section of this trail, it is easily one of the most beautiful parts of PA... and that's saying a lot! It is very similar to Ricketts Glenn, however it is not taken care of like the Glenn is. There are no steps, trails, etc. In order to see the falls, you have to walk up the stream, and climb the waterfalls as you get to them. Its definitely a dangerous hike, but it is so worth the experience. I hiked the trail last on July 2nd and while Ricketts glenn was so crowded I couldn't find a spot to park... I didn't see a soul on this little gem. And nothing beats the section where the canyon walls are so steep that you have to swim and climb up the falls to keep on exploring. When I got to the last fall, I just made a right and walked up the mountain til I got to the actual trail that this is for and then headed back down to my car. I would only recommend doing that if you've done the trail before. For more information on the trail and I decent map, check out this book: http://www.amazon.com/Pennsylvania-Waterfalls-guide-Hikers-Photographers/dp/0811731847/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313266864&sr=8-1

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