Explore the most popular fishing trails in Pennsylvania with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

Beautiful as ever but a bit icy. Would recommend crampons.

Beautiful winter day, severe clear sky, temp. 30 rising to 45. Perfect! I first hiked this trail 45 years ago and several times since, but not recently. I particularly like the variety of terrain, hemlock stream bottom to massive sandstone rock formations on both sides of the valley. Plenty of good camping at the railhead and top of the loop where trail junction with NCT. My wife and I had a nice hot lunch at the overlook to cap off the day. The trail could use some maintenance. Trail marking was sparse in some area, so you need eyes moving to avoid losing the trail. Also be ready for two challenging stream crossing during periods of recent rains. Overall, one of the best short loop trails in the region. Glad to revisit an old friend!

Another of my favorite places since I only live about 15 mins from here......this time of year though with all the rain we’ve had, the grounds are EXTREMELY muddy. In the summer it’s a great place to hike with my dogs and if I need an escape I love to come here and walk through the farm area. Fabulous views of the grounds from the upper trail, with several little “extensions” added onto the trail. The lower part of the trail by the water is fabulous but I’ve noticed some litter recently which isn’t common at Springton. Wait till the weather warms up and dries the mud out.....

I’m lucky because this trail is only 10 mins from my home ...... I adore this park. There’s so many little trails that you can explore. Fabulous view of the water and the park rangers are fabulous. Lots of fishing in the summer - I take my kayak out there also to Chambers Lake. My dogs love the hike, I love the area, and many of us locals walk there daily all year long.

One of my absolute favorite places... i have done this trail and all other trails in ricketts glen more than i can count.

Good little loop for an easy spin, great views of the lake!

Great trail for an easy spin, hard to ride on the weekend when it’s a busy crowd

Went out looking for ice; unfortunately coverage was minimal. We traversed the entire loop without strapping on spikes or crampons. Still a great hike and not another soul out there. We’ll definitely be back when the real cold sets in.

15 days ago

Did a 25.3 mi point-to-point hike starting at minister ridge and ending further down the NCT. Minister Ridge was great, view was epic. Only problem with the trail was poor markings and very overgrown thorn bushes for at least a quarter mile. Bring a machete just in case. Worth that view though!

15 days ago

Close to Philadelphia, muddy being that we’ve gotten so much rain. The hike is very easy but not well marked—trail is obvious but which trail not so much. We saw three deer and a fox and we tired our dog out after going for 5 miles.

15 days ago

this is a great place to go for walking and running. it is fully paved. it's got some hills and you can go off the paved path and head down some trails along the creek that runs through the park. it's got some nice scenery also which is nice when running

16 days ago

This was a great hike to do on a nice day when there isn't much rain for the days or week before coming. Wear water proof hiking boots if there has been recent rain. You'll need them as you make your way through the mud and watery trails. Saw some deer on the hike, one was a buck. Very cool. Plenty of great views of the lake as you make your way around the loop. Not very difficult at all. Just a beautiful hike for a nice day. Enjoy!

Great trail. Well marked

Nice trail. We did it on Dec 31, 2018. The trails got pretty muddy in the last mile or so where it straightens put away from the lake. The trail had nice views of the lake.

fairly easy trail. a tad muddy after rain

Excellent winter hike
Beautiful views
Need to do some maintenance - replacement of trail markers

Not a long or hard hike but beautiful waterfall!

winter hiked this trail. I loved it except, we lost the trail bc the markers were sparse. we had to walk through a heavy stream bc we could find no other way. I strongly encourage this trail to be clarified with more markers and add a bridge to the stream where there is one lacking.

Showed up to hike, but changed our minds upon seeing two other hikers being ticketed at the trail head. The trail is definitely closed.

Great views on both sides of the gas line clearing. The area between the gas line clearing toward Duncannon was much rockier than expected, but keeps it interesting (more like the northern PA stretches of AT). Also some nice stream crossings at the beginning of the trail before the descent up the larger mountain.

I should have grabbed a trial map. Thankfully I read the reviews here which prompted me to exploring the Hills.

I hike this trail in all seasons. It is well marked and there are a lot of different birds. I saw 3 deer today.

Great section of the AT. Nice view in 2 directions 2.5 miles in. Yellow wildflowers in the clearing in July. It's steep but not constant.

Well this was my first time at the falls, I went with my brother in law and nephew. Our plans were to take the shorter trail due to it getting dark so early again. We accidentally ended up in the lower parking lot and said the hell with it and took the longer route. First and foremost the extra hike was definitely work it. Just the few extra waterfalls on it alone are worth it.
Once we got to the loop it was beautiful, but holy steps Bat-man!! lol. It was a hike up hill. Since we had some snow recently it was definitely very dangerous in spots, I understand why they have so many warnings posted.
Over all, with the careful footing for to the ice and the MANY pictures we stopped to take, the whole trek took us 4.5 hr's. And we finished just in time as the sun was going down and the rain began.
Overall a great first time experience at Rickets Glenn. We must have discussed or future trips back half a dozen times over the hike.

1 month ago

Great hike but be aware that you cannot complete the loop with the dam construction going on. We did this hike Thanksgiving morning and when we got to the bridge over the dam it was fenced off and we had to turn around.

Amazing in the winter.

was a very relaxing hike. Took 15 Cub Scouts, ages 5 to 10, on this trail and they all made the 2 miles and enjoyed a nice hot lunch afterwards! Great trail for a day hike to get out into nature, great for a young family!

My son took me out on Falls Trail the day before Thanksgiving. He is an experienced climber and guide and I learned a lot about hiking in winter. We were the only people on the trail and got to see the falls in a pristine snow-covered setting. Unbelievable. We went to Waters Meet and then turned around, as it was pretty strenuous for me. It was incredibly beautiful.

there is more to this park than just the flat trails. there are miles of trails up in the woods for hiking and mountain biking that are above moderate skill level. if you did all the trails you end up in Avenmore, total of 10-12 miles. the trails are there, you just got to poke around

Easy trail for people looking to get into backpacking. Tons of camping spots (my favorite is the one by the waterfalls) and plenty of water to filter throughout the trail. I agree that the trail can be overgrown in some areas but the trail blazes (orange) are easy enough to follow, just make sure you pay attention as some of the trail has been rerouted so the online maps may not be spot on. As others have mentioned there are a ton of ticks in this forest so bring bug spray or better yet have your clothes treated. Not much to see other than the waterfalls but if youre looking to try new gear out or do an easy overnight I would recommend this trail.

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