After reading all the reviews about this trail, I was afraid of how "dangerous" and "difficult" it sounded. But it was a breeze!! Considering how slow you're going and how many times you stop to view and photograph the waterfalls, this trail is not difficult at all. It has some steep stairs built into the trail, and if you're not in the best of shape (I'm 56), a walking stick really helps. We were there on Oct 17, 2011 after lots of rain and at least half of the leaves had fallen. Even though the trail was somewhat muddy with slippery leaves, you just take your time and enjoy the immense beauty of this park! It only took us 3-1/2 hours to see all of the falls on the trail, and that was stopping to take over 300 photos too! We even saw a 73-year old man on the hike by himself! Make this park one of your priorities - no matter what time of year - it's spectacular. Lake Jean was also a real gem!
Here is where 8 or so of the named waterfalls are--the tallest one being the Ozone Fall at 60'. Coming from Lake Jean, this is the downhill part...there are still some very tricky parts to the trail, though.
Here is where you can find the largest waterfall along the trail: Ganoga at 94'. Definitely something worth seeing, the Ganoga is also a good place to cool off. A lot of mist comes from this fall--certainly more so than the others. There are 10 others on this side of the trail, 2 of them at 47' (the Tuscarora and the Erie), 1 at 39' (the Mohican) and 2 at 37' (the Delaware and the Mohawk). The others are smaller...
This is a 7 mile long, difficult trail but worth it to see most of the 22 waterfalls in the park, including the parks largest waterfall, Ganoga falls, which is 94 feet tall! The trail is steep and slippery from all the waterfall mist so take it slow and enjoy the beauty.
If you don't think you're up to this long hike, there are many other trails to view waterfalls from that are shorter and easier hikes . A good trail for a short, easy hike would be Evergreen trail, which is only 1/2 mile and you can see the final series of falls.
Just off the parking lot on Route 118, across from the majority of the park, is a little trail that will take you to Adams Falls. Though it's not really even a "hike", I highly recommend going to see it. It's not far out of the way and it's one of the prettiest falls in the park. A perfect place to get a little taste of Rickett's Glen, if you don't have a lot of time but you are in the area.
Rickett's Glen Visitor Center is located off of RT 487. There is another entrance to the park on Rt 118, but the only thing to greet you there are some pit toilets...
You will find maps, notices of current happenings and events, real bathrooms, a little gift area and some helpful rangers here.
Acts as the centerpiece to the park, with the waterfalls standing in as well. Tranquil lake untouched by the gas motor. Theres canoe rentals and fishing, and the campsites jut out on a peninsula into this lake. Waterfowl a plenty. I especially liked the little islands that dot the lake.
This is at the start of the Falls Trail. Sections are steep but nothing a grandmother with no legs couldn't handle. Take a loop connecting with the highland trail. The trail will bring you past 20 something waterfalls all at various heights. The path stays strapped to waters edge and subsequently crosses over little wooden bridges. There will be many other hikers steaming along, fat ones huffing, skinny ones moving.
Usually I'm not too much of a fan of lakes at state parks...they are man made and not the cleanest of places--a lot are SO cold here in PA, too. But Lake Jean is beautiful and very large. Most of it is used for fishing and boating, but there's a beach with a concession stand for public use.
The waterfalls in this park our a must see!! There 22 waterfalls in this park and they are all amazing! The hike is nothing when see them. You follow the Falls Trail and once you get to the first fall you just cant wait to see the next one. Theres a few different trails but the Falls trail shows you them all.
This trail is probably one of the best and most rewarding trails I have ever been on. It's hard--7.2 miles of climbing, slipping and praying you don't careen down the side of a cliff. If it's just rained, it's even more difficult, but I promise, it's worth it.
It goes right along 21 waterfalls, the highest being 94 feet called the Ganoga. They are close to each other, so you never have to walk a long time at all to see a waterfall. There are plenty of opportunities to take pictures and rest if you need to.
I recommend taking your time with this trail. No matter what shape you are in, it's not about saying you did the trail. It's about appreciating the beauty of this area. It makes you think about the rest of Pennsylvania and the transition the state makes from large cities, to the coal and steel mining towns to the mountains. People tend to know the other areas but not this. This isn't to say you won't see people on the trail, it does get a little crowded, but nothing like its neighbor, the Delaware Water Gap on the border of PA and NJ.
I had to put this here just cause the photo touches me where no others have.....and I ain't saying down yonder.
Another of the many falls on the Falls Trail. As a kid I always wanted to have a stream or waterfall in my backyard. I still do!
Pennsylvanians new how to enjoy this place, they were shirts off to the winds and submerged hanging behind the vail.
Click on photo and you will see some souls in the falls.