Ricketts Glen Falls Loop 

Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton Pa


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Ricketts Glen Falls


The Ricketts Glen Waterfall Hike is a must-visit for nature lovers. Located in Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania, this trail is renowned for its incredible collection of waterfalls. The hike takes you along the Falls Trail, which showcases 21 captivating waterfalls, each with its own unique charm and cascading beauty. As you navigate the well-maintained trail, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, towering trees, and the soothing sound of rushing water.

The trail offers a variety of vantage points, allowing you to get up close and personal with the magnificent waterfalls, capturing awe-inspiring photographs and experiencing the raw power of nature. With its scenic splendor and moderate difficulty level, the Ricketts Glen Waterfall Hike is a true gem for hikers seeking an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors.

Admin Notes and Trail Review:  When we last completed this trail it had a closure making the full loop impossible, you are still able to see all but one or two falls, but will be required to back track several times, the beginning of this trail can be accessed by two locations, the lower parking lot is recommended if you want to bypass a few miles of unnecessary hiking to find the waterfall loop.  This trail is heavily traveled and you will find many hikers on the trail on any given day.

Trail Maps


Trail Map information is presented by AllTrails.

Safety Information


Central PA Hikers wants you to be safe while hiking this trail:

  • Boots should be worn on this hike, sneakers, sandals, and water shoes can lead to accidental slips or falls, this hike has loose rocks in places, along with several steep grade changes.
  • Be prepared with a compass, map, matches, water, food, flashlight, etc.  These items should be utilized in case of emergency, this is especially important when traveling remote trails or when hiking during non-summer seasons.
  • Give yourself plenty of time for your hike. The weather changes quickly in the area, so plan to be off the trails well before dark.
  • Stay on the trails, leaving the trail causes damage to unique natural resources, promotes erosion, and can be dangerous.
  • Don’t take shortcuts from one trail section to another, taking shortcuts down switchbacks is dangerous and causes trail damage.
  • Double blazes indicate a change in the trail’s direction.


Past Hikes


Ricketts Glen Waterfall taken July 8, 2023

Difficulty Level:
Completion Time:
All Trails Rating:
Times Completed:
8 Miles
1012 Feet
3h 26m
4.8 Stars
1 - July 8, 2023

Gallery from Past Hikes

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