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Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Road Trip Archive | 4 comments

Visiting Ricketts Glen State Park 4.27.2015

Ozone Falls selfie, Ricketts Glen State Park

I took advantage of a chilly, overcast Monday morning to hike the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park yesterday. This 13,000 acre park is located in parts of Sullivan, Luzerne, and Columbia counties. I had a hunch I'd have the place to myself, as the leaves aren't out yet and neither are the tourists which will soon fill the park for the late spring/summer.

Arriving at the park just after sunrise, my hunch was confirmed as the Lake Rose parking lot near the head of the trail was empty.

For those that haven't been there, Ricketts Glen is like the Superbowl of waterfall photography, at least in Pennsylvania. 22 named falls dot the Falls Trail, the tallest being Ganoga Falls at an impressive 94 feet.

I knew the flow was good, the lighting conditions were excellent, and I was eager to get going.

My plan was to hike counter-clockwise down the Ganoga Glen side, past Waters Meet to hit the 3 falls below that, and then loop back up the Glen Leigh side and return to the parking area.  I then planned to drive down Route 487, hang a left on Route 118, and finish up at the 22nd waterfall, Adams Falls, which sits right along the road.

Rather than give a lengthy description of each waterfall, I am simply going to let the photos do the talking and show an image of each one in the order I encountered them on my trek around the park. If you click on the images, you will see the name of each waterfall appear.

 

 

 

 

Mohawk Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Oneida Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Cayuga Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Ganoga Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Seneca Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Delaware Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Mohican Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Conestoga Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Tuscarora Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Erie Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Harrison Wrights Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Sheldon Reynolds Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Murray Reynolds Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Waters Meet, Ricketts Glen State Park
Wyandot Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
B. Reynolds Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
R.B. Ricketts Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Ozone Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Huron Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Shawnee Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
F.L. Ricketts Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
Onondoga Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park

After shooting Onondoga Falls ( the 21st fall on my loop), I hiked the Highland Trail back a mile or so through the Midway Cravasse to the Lake Rose parking area, where I had begun.

Midway Crevasse, Ricketts Glen State Park

I then drove 10 minutes or so to the Evergreen Trail parking area along Route 118, where Adams Falls sits just off the road and is visible from the parking lot.

Adams Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park

When all was said and done I had spent approximately 5 1/2 hours at the park. Getting to shoot 22 waterfalls in that time period is certainly one of the best bang for your buck experiences you can have in Pennsylvania. If you haven't been there yet, make it a point to do so this year.

Tuscarora Falls selfie, Ricketts Glen State Park

4 Comments

  1. Nice write-up Rusty. That is the same way I always hike Ricketts – I think it is the best route. Of course I haven’t tried doing it another way.

    • My very first time there I did the LONG way by starting at Adams Falls on 118, hiking up the Glen Leigh side, down the Ganoga Glen side, and back to the car. It’s a great hike, but I think parking at Lake Rose, doing the loop, and then driving to Adams is the best bang for the buck. But that’s just my opinion.

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