Falls Trail from PA 118

3 reviews #1 hike out of 6 in
8.0 mi
4 hrs 21 min
942 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate lollipop loop hike in Ricketts Glen State Park featuring a large number of waterfalls.

The lower part of this hike follows the Kitchen Creek up the Falls Trail for 1.5 miles. At the "Water Meet" the Falls Trail forks going up the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides. The Highland trail connects the two sides for a 3.2 mile loop. Follow the Falls Trail back down Kitchen Creek to the PA 118 Lot to complete the 7.2 mile hike.

This trail goes by Murray Reynolds Falls, Sheldon Reynolds Falls, Harrison Wright Falls, Tuscarora Falls, Conestoga Falls, Delaware Falls, Seneca Falls, Ganoga Falls, Cayuga Falls, Oneida Falls, Mohawk Falls, Mohican Falls, Erie Falls, Onondaga Falls, Shawnee Falls, F.L. Ricketts Falls, Huron Falls, Ozone Falls, R.B. Ricketts Falls, B. Reynolds Falls, and Wyandot Falls.

Note: Adams Falls is just south of the PA 118 Lot. Be sure not to miss it before starting your hike.

Getting Started

Parking is at the PA 118 Lot. The trail can be accessed from the other lots (Lake Rose and Beach). Either of these two lots will shorten the overall length of the hike at the cost of missing the the lower 3 falls.
GPS: 41.301171, -76.270916

When to Go:
The trail is open Spring, Summer, and Fall. Properly equipped ice climbers can access the trail in the Winter (see the official site for more details). In early to mid Spring, the waterfalls can have much larger amounts of water, though the hike is spectacular even with less water. The park can become very crowded on the weekends during the summer. Going mid week or getting an early start can help reduce crowds.

There are no railings, steep drops, and occasionally slippery rocks. Be sure to follow the guidelines listed on the official site.

Taking Children

The elevation gain and distance make this a difficult hike for children 8 and under. I'd recommend parking at either the Lake Rose or Beach lots for a shorter version of the hike.

    Rate this Hike

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    1 month ago
    One of my favorite hikes on the East Coast. The large number of really good waterfalls throughout the entire hike make this place really stand out. I would rate this hike as moderate, with the distance and elevation being the only challenges. The trail is very well maintained and not overly rocky or strenuous.
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    11 months ago
    Best Hike ever. Beautiful Falls moderate hike.
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    10 months, 1 week ago

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