Ganoga Falls, Pennsylvania

Ganoga Falls in May 2009

Ganoga Falls is the largest of the waterfalls in Ricketts Glen State Park at about 90′ tall. It’s an amazing waterfall to view. There are multiple ways to view the falls. There is a short but steep trail leading down to the base of the falls, which I would definitely recommend doing. When I went down, there was a family playing around in the pool underneath the falls.

You can also view the falls close up by taking another short trail that leads to to the middle of the falls. I got confused, as I thought that the waterfall trail was ending here, only to realize that I had missed a turn a short ways back. It was still a very nice view, though not as good as the one at the base.


  1. From your starting point, get to the area around Red Rock, PA.
  2. Turn onto PA-487, heading north. Go to the entrance to Ricketts Glen and turn right into the entrance.
  3. Follow the signs to the Falls Trail. You can access the Falls Trail using the Lake Rose parking area or Beach Lot #2 parking area, though you’ll be starting on different creeks. Start your hike on the loop by connecting into the Falls Trail.

Check out my note from Sheldon Reynolds Falls about precautions to take in Ricketts Glen.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 94′
Length of Hike: 4 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Ganoga Falls?


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