Hike the Falls Trails in Ricketts Glen State Park

Evergreen Parking Lot

This hike through Ricketts Glen provides access to 21 waterfalls, the tallest one being 94 feet. The full waterfall loop is 7.2 miles, but there is an alternative, shorter loop of 3.2 miles.

Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania sprawls over 13,050 acres in the Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties. The park boasts a lake, 21 named waterfalls, diverse wildlife and old growth timber. There are two Falls Trails alternatives – a long and short loop.

The long loop is 7.2 miles long and begins of Highway 118, below the glens. For the long trail, park at the Evergreen Parking Area.

The short trail begins closer to the visitors center, off of route PA-487. Once you enter the park, follow the signs for the Lake Rose Trailhead, where you will find parking. The short loop trail is 3.2 miles long, and includes 18 of the park's 21 waterfalls, including the park's big attraction, a 94-footer named Ganoga Falls.

Whether you choose the long or short variations, both trails are considered difficult. The terrain varies. Many sections through the woods are flat, crossing over the water a few times. Other sections, however, are rocky, steep and often slippery. Decent physical conditioning and sturdy footwear is a must.

Although Ricketts has a wide variety of activities, the main attraction by far is the Falls Trails. The falls are stacked consistently along the trail, making it an extremely worthwhile hike. While sections can be a bit strenuous, I always take my time to enjoy the falls on my trips through the park. The full 7.2 mile loop can be done in 4 hours or so...but in my opinion...why rush? I hike to enjoy the beauty of nature, so I give myself plenty of time.

As a word of caution, the trails are very well marked but the forests in the northeast get dark quickly once the sun starts to set. Know your daylight hours and plan accordingly. There is also limited cell phone reception, so stay to the trails to avoid getting lost and to help keep erosion in check. It never hurts to carry an emergency whistle and flashlight in your day pack, just in case.

If you want to camp at Glen Ricketts, make your reservation here.

Pack List

  • Appropriate hiking shoes and clothes
  • In the winter, the Falls Trail is only open to ice climbers and properly equipped hikers
  • A camera and tripod
  • Snacks and water, as there are no facilities on the trail
  • Hiking poles will help with steep sections
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RT Distance 7.2 Miles
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Unique Hike, Ton of People

Hiked this trail after a day of rain and the waterfalls were fantastic. It's unique to pass so many waterfalls in a single trail. I have never, though, hiked a trail with more people. There were times I was waiting in line to get up a rock staircase or move 50 feet down the trail. Nuts!

Beautiful experience!!!

My fiance' and I took the full 7.2 mile loop on the falls trail. I can not begin to tell you how absolutely beautiful this is. The pictures are gorgeous but, to see this in person was amazing!! We went on a Sunday afternoon started @11:45am and was finished by 3:30. We climbed into every fall for pictures. DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA!!! This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, We are definitely planning to go again soon! Wear good sneakers or better yet sturdy boots! You will not regret this one bit! Absolutely loved it!!!

Best Ever

Most memorable hike to date yet! Did the 7.2 mile hike and saw the most amazing scenery! Definitely worth the three hour trip!


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