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This is one of my favorite hikes that I’ve ever done!! It’s amazing to see so many waterfalls in one day! Each big & beautiful! Easy trail. Don’t miss the little red lizards!

This is one of my favorite hikes! It is very crowded during the summer because people swim at the base of the falls, but the trails are never overpacked. The rocks can get very slippery so you need to wear shoes with good traction. The views are incredible every step of the way!

This was such an amazing hike that I came back 2 days later and hiked the loop again. A must see for everyone.

hiking
22 days ago

I love it here

Great hike with lots of steps. Recommend hiking boots as it was wet throughout the trail.

Great hike. One of the best in Pennsylvania I would have to agree. Went the full loop and saw all the falls. Definitely will come back and do it again.

Even though it is kind of a tough loop. I had not hiked in a long while and was able to make it through it without too much pain. Very important to have good hiking shoes because the trail is quite rocky and wet.

rock climbing
28 days ago

Been there almost annually for past 5 years in January. Crampons and ice gear a MUST in Winter

beautiful! was expecting one fall and a short hike .. 6 miles later and about 30 falls later! so cool.

Beautiful trail starting from top with a moderate effort going back up.

An amazing place every Pennsylvanian should hike. Such a gem, and we are so lucky to have this place in PA. The waterfalls are all beautiful and breathtaking. I loved every minute we were there. Swam in a couple holes and waterfalls which was refreshing. Very busy when I was there. The hike is hard at times and can be dangerous if not prepared. I completed the whole loop...was about 9 miles total, but worth it! Make sure you wear boots there. I saw several people almost die because they had the wrong footwear.

A little crowded but with this kind of scenery it’s to be expected. If you’re a fan of waterfalls you got to do this hike. It is a photographers dream.

didn't really know what to expect when the hubby and I decided to hike this trail. honestly we thought it was going to be a dud with a bunch of small waterfalls. we were completely wrong. this loop was awesome! took some amazing photos and had a lovely relaxing afternoon. in total it took about 4 hours, but we took our time and soaked in the beauty. we went on a Thursday morning. the trail was rather quiet we maybe came across 6 to 10 other groups. I cant wait to explore this trail again next year when we are back in pa!

My absolute favorite trail. i've been going to Ricketts since I was a little boy on school trips. getting a little crowded for my liking, but definitely a must see trail.

Beautiful old growth forest and great waterfalls, if you'd like to avoid crowds on weekends you'd have to go out very early, as for difficulty it's lower end moderate imo , it's basically steep stairways.

Great hike! Falls are beautiful. Fantastic hike.

1 month ago

Finally got to hike the falls loop trail! The waterfalls were spectacular.

Awesome trail, but (obviously) wear good hiking boots - other trail shoes may be fine, but rain or shine, there's a lot of mud. I'm a beginner, so I was very glad I brought a proper walking stick. Pretty sure it saved me from busting my butt on some of the multiple rock downhills! (For what it's worth, I'm also what you might call ... not graceful.)

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!

Worthy!!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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