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!

Directions:

  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?

Nay Aug Falls, Pennsylvania

Right in the city of Scranton, Roaring Brook takes a plunge. This plunge is Nay Aug Falls. While the waterfall is pretty, it is not the most spectacular drop in Pennsylvania. The interesting thing to me about Nay Aug Falls is actually the rock formations and other scenery on the way to the falls.

Nay Aug Falls is relatively easy to get to. I would say the hardest part was finding the right parking area to access the trail to the falls. The trail down to the falls is really not at all steep, though there might be a few rocks in your path.

Directions:

  1. From I-81, take Exit 185.
  2. Go west on the Scranton Expressway for 1.1 miles and exit at Jefferson Street.
  3. Heading north, go 2 blocks on Jefferson Ave.
  4. Turn right onto Mulberry Street. Head to the end of Mulberry Street.
  5. You will enter Nay Aug Park. Do not park at the first parking area, but take a left and drive a little bit further.
  6. I parked at the beginning of the last lot that was open. Look for a trail through the grass.
  7. As you walk on the trail, listen for the sound of the river. This will guide you as you try to find the falls.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Nay Aug

Nay Aug Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Nay Aug Falls?