Oneida Falls, Pennsylvania

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. 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.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 13′
Length of Hike: 4 miles round-trip

Oneida Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Oneida Falls?


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