It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the waterfalls at Ricketts Glen, so I figure I’ll give a recap of sorts. If you’re in the northwest region of Pennsylvania (rather close to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), you can find one of the best sets of waterfalls in the region. There are an advertised 22 waterfalls in Ricketts Glen State Park, though depending on the definition, there are more than 22 drops. It’s really a great place to spend a day exploring.
Oneida Falls is just one of the many falls you’ll be able to see. Most of the falls, including Oneida Falls, are very intimate, and you can get relatively up close and personal with the falls. A few are a little bit more difficult to photograph, but nonetheless, it is still a completely enjoyable time!
Be careful, though! It is not a simple hike to view the falls. There are some steeper portions along the trail, though I wasn’t really terrified at any point, and heights/extreme steepness can make me hesitate. The trails are very well taken care of, and this makes the journey less of a hassle. Still, there are a number of injuries and accidents that occur each year because people don’t heed the appropriate warnings. Also, bring along something to drink and eat! In order to see 22 waterfalls, you’re not taking a short hike! If you follow the guidelines, though, you will be greatly rewarded with a seemingly never-ending supply of waterfalls!
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. If I remember correctly, you will keep heading toward the right to the parking lot.
4) When I visited in May 2009, the Lake Rose parking lot was closed. This may now be open, but I used Beach Lot #2 instead. From Beach Lot #2, head back toward the drive that leads to a group of cabins. Keep walking down that road, and you will reach an information sign. Head straight down that trail, and it will connect into the Falls Trail.
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