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Great hike, the rain made the falls magnificent. Glad we did what was recommended and went up the steeper side and wearing a great pair of waterproof hiking boots is essential.

What a spectacular place to hike! I definitely agree with others' recommendations to park at the Route 118 lot and head out from there, going clockwise around the loop. The steep steps are easier to climb up than to descend. Wear appropriate footwear, as everything is wet and can be slippery. Where the Falls Trail and the Highland Trails meet, we took a short walk to the Lake Rose parking area in search of picnic tables. We didn't find any, but instead sat on the ledge of the pavilion to eat. There are restrooms there, and trash cans in the restrooms. The descent takes you very close to the edge of some of the falls, and the steps are still a little steep, so if you have a fear of heights- as I do- prepare yourself for that. Swimming is prohibited, although that didn't stop several people from getting in the water (insert frowny face here). It did feel good to splash some cold water on our faces, though! We departed the parking lot around 10 am, and since I stopped multiple times to take pictures, it took us around 6 hours. Crowds weren't too bad for the first half, but increased as we went down the East side of the Falls Trail. I imagine if you go during the week, or get started even earlier, it probably isn't too bad. All in all a fantastic day!

I think this may have been the most beautiful hike we’ve ever done in PA!

I love this place! Started the Falls Trail at 9:30..Just, early enough before it gets to busy..Because of all the rain the past week, the water and the falls were roaring along! If your going to hike this trail, the one important thing you need to do is wear the right footwear!! It’s slippery, some parts are steep and rocky.. You should definitely take time and go enjoy Ricketts Glen State Park!!!

Gorgeous! Worth the sweat!

This is beautiful

Great hike with the family yesterday. We hiked the outer loop and also all of the extension trails. It was a total of 8.5 miles and that took us 5 hours to complete.

Very awsome trail tons of water falls to see wonderful views

Challenging trail at times. Starts out generally flat from the parking lot until you reach the falls. The steps can be a bit hard for even a seasoned hiker. Take your time while walking up hill and make sure you keep an eye on your feet positioning! There are some narrow areas of the trail that are on bare rock and become very slippery with drop offs that can be very dangerous. Since the path follows a stream mosquitoes can be a "bug"I did this hike on a Monday evening after work around 5 pm. With very little stops, this took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

We started at the bottom, went around the loop, and back down again. It was phenomenal! We passed several people not very well equipped for the hike, so please dress accordingly. I wouldn't recommend it for small children.

This is a great hike. Be ready for the steps up, then down or in reverse order. We took our time, starting at Rt 118 lot, it was well marked out and we finished just in about 4 hours. A Tuesday day trip did not have the foot traffic we were warned about, we started at noon. It's not for you if you want a leisurely stroll or you don't do steps well.

Best hike ever! I imagine heaven looks very similar to the falls trail.

My favorite HARD trail! Beautiful and breathtaking waterfalls, old growth forests, steep steps, narrow muddy trails and stone features.

Went about a month ago and got there around 9:30am. There was just a hand full of people but it gradually got busier as the day went on. It is a great hike and the waterfalls are a amazing bonus. lol steep in some places but it didn't bother me. Wear hiking shoes because of slippery spots. I took my time and even ate my lunch at the bigger fall. I would do it again. I did the loop and even hiked another trail that was right there.

This is a super excellent trail. With a different entrance to the loop, you can select the appropriate length for your trip. If you start from the main parking lot as we did, you can spend the first half of your trip gaining elevation and end your trail heading back down.
I would rate the loop portion moderate-difficult because of the slippery rocks (the trail is always wet because of the proximity of the streams and falls) and also because some of the stairs are a bit steep. Get an earlyish start to avoid the crowds that appear midday.

This is the best trail we’ve ever done!!!

Beautiful trail! Perfect when it's really hot (yesterday was in the 80s) and the trail is mostly shaded and you also get a lot of cool mist off the waterfalls along the trail side so it didn't seem overly hot. Beautiful views. It is heavily trafficked with people and four legged friends.

Amazing trail. Our family had a blast! The falls were beautiful. Definitely a challenging trail.

I must have been there the time as reviewer Emily Goss below. Lots of water, excellent hike. DCNR has a gem here.

Perfect after a few days of rain! The falls were rushing and it was a nice challenge.

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3 months ago

Done this hike many times, it is the best hike in PA.

This is a beautiful hike. Definitely more moderate than hard. There are so many waterfalls! Only thing is even on an unseasonably cold, cloudy, and a little drizzly/snowy day the trail was fairly crowded.

the waterfalls are beautiful and this hike is a must if you love waterfalls! I added in the old beaver damn loop for an extra 4.5 miles and for some seclusion (there's nothing special to see in this loop, but it was very nice and quiet) the only down side to this hike is the falls trails get very busy

hiking
3 months ago

If you live nearby you must do this hike! The falls are stunning! The trail is well maintained, and while there are a few steep parts, there are stairs the entire way up. Because of that, would rate this as easy to moderate. We took our dogs. The only downside was that everyone on the trail had their dogs out too. Took us about 3 hours. It was a lovely afternoon outing. Can’t wait to come back this summer.

This is a great hike.

Just an FYI for others going in winter. the Falls trail is closed unless you have crampons, rope and an ice axe. You have to register in the main office.

This is one of if not my all time favorite hike. If you go early in the morning you can have the trail all to yourself.

This hike is beautiful but most spectacular in the fall and the waterfalls continue to amaze me. The steps and rocks can get a little slippery when wet and with leaves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. In comparison to other hikes I would rate it moderate. This will always be one of my most favorite hikes.

A great hike! It is fairly narrow at points with a lot of people so it can slow you down. Wear boots! The rocks and steps can get slippery. We did the entire loop from Rte. 118, worth the extra miles. We took a left where the trails meet and went up the left side of the falls. Although it is steeper, I thought this was better than going up the right so we didn't have to traverse down the slippery rocks. It makes the Glenoga falls (94') even better when you see it first from the bottom.

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