Amazing waterfalls, convenient, great recreational site
flies in spring
White, wild and wonderful!
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...more
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)...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.more
We happened to be staying at the Rickett's Glen Hotel, our second visit, so we decided to have dinner there as well. It was fantastic! Very helpful, friendly waitstaff bring out your homecooked meal in a timely manor. We watched hummingbirds feed outside while we waited. Lou had the fish special, I had the filet mignon, both were delicious. An...more
After getting caught in the rain and trying not to slip as we hurried down the trail, we sloshed into the Trails End. It's a fairly unassuming, laid back kind of place so luckily no one minded our dishelved state, I guess they are used to dirty hikers in need of a hot meal. Nice hot coffee and the mini potato pancakes were delicious!more
There are 120 tent and trailer campsites, some available year-round. The campground features hot showers, flush toilets, shaded sites, gravel parking spurs and a sanitary dump station.
The sites are situated on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Jean so easily walk to the lake.
To reserve a campsite, cabin, organized group tenting area or a picnic pavilion, call 888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat. Campsites can be reserved from 11 months up to noon of the day of arrival. Cabins, organized group tenting areas and picnic pavilions can be reserved from 11 months to two days in advance.
This relatively new store is located at Red Rock corner, the intersection of Rt 118 and Rt 487. It has a wonderful variety of works done in pottery, paintings, wood carvings ect, by local artists, and a studio in the back. Besides these, they also carry some souvenier items, such as postcards, t-shirts and stuffed animals. Wait there's more...they...more
The Red Rock Flea Market is just off Rt 487 near the intersection of Rt 118. It is right in the middle of a "resort" of little run down cottages. It's fairly large with a giant room filled with all sorts of bric a brac with a few antiques thrown in. It takes some patience and some searching but you might find a treasure for quite a bargain! Very...more
Please do not litter in the park. It is a beautiful, natural place for everyone to enjoy, lets keep it that way.
Apparently they are cracking down on illegal swimming on the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen. Although the trail always had "No Swimming" signs posted in the past, they were largely ignored. I can tell you that they are not ignoring them now. It is an expensive swim- 4 of us paid $250 a piece, including "court costs". From now on we will swim at the...more
Wear Bugspray! Especially in Spring. There were so many flies that if you stopped walking they would swarm your head. I had to pull my shirt over my head for any releif! When I went to sleep that night I had nightmares of them buzzing around my head!I would suggest visiting later in the summer into the fall. On our visit here in late August we...more
In the spring, there are SO many bugs here. It's really pretty irritating. The Falls Trail is long enough that you want to bring something to eat, but good luck finding a place to sit down for awhile. You don't want to remain in one place for more than a minute or so or there will be so many mayflies and gnats swarming around you that you'll go...more
Bring good shoes...the Falls Trail is a rough hike--lots of stone steps, muddy inclines, switchbacks. Waterproof shoes/boots would be ideal First Aid kit...it's easy to scrape yourself against a rock or slide down a hill**BUG SPRAY IN THE SPRING** Everything you have!more
good hiking boots or shoes, waterproof ones, preferably Bugspray Lot's of film or media cards, A neutral density filter to capture those waterfalls at their best, and a tripod. there are campgrounds located at the park. So if you plan on staying a while, bring your tent and sleeping bags! water is always a good idea and a trail map is helpfulmore
I would wear a light backpack that goes on both shoulders and is comfortable on your back. Wear light clothes! If you arent going to wear bug repellent then long pants so you dont get bit up. A light t shirt. Shoes that are supportive of your ankles. I think a first aid kit would be handy, just in case. You most definitley need a camera, 35 mm,...more
This trail is misleading on 2 counts. Looking at the map, you see the trail and then north, where it connects to the Mountain Springs Trail, there is no name. So, I was thinking it was 2.9 miles back to my car. Nooooo...it's 2.9 miles to the Mountain Spring Trail. 2nd, the trail discription is this: "with its unique name, comes quite and elevation...more
After our long hike we were hungry, tired, excited, and we didnt want to leave yet. Afterwards we decided to sit down in the picnic area and eat together. We had a cooler with our drinks and sandwiches. We just sat there and talked about how much fun we had and that we are making it our new weekend thing. I dont think most people do this. They just...more
Though it is the tallest waterfall at Ricketts Glen, I think the best place to try to get in the water is under the Ganoga fall. There are flat rocks and the creek is shallow at this spot. It's never completely recommended to get into the water, nor completely safe. However, it does get hot and if you are hiking UP the Ganoga Glen part of the...more
Try out some of the other hikes! Maybe not on the same day, but if you revisit, just do a portion of the trail and then get on some of the other ones. They have a lot to offer in the way of scenery and few people take them. I had 2 of the trails entirely to myself--it was really nice, actually. I sat down and at a lunch with absolutely no people...more
If possible, try to go in early June. At that point, we usually haven't gone into a drought warning, so the waterfalls are amazing. Also, the park isn't too annoyingly crowded at this time either...and the mountain laurel is blooming!! (that's our state flower, by the way...) The weather is usually wonderful in June, though it was 100 degrees...more