Ricketts Glen State Park has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Pennsylvania. I had spent much of the summer traveling around many of the waterfall locations in the Finger Lakes in New York, and decided to travel around my own state to see how our selection of gushing wonders stacked up. I was not disappointed!
The journey begins at the very top of a very tall, forested hill. The top has some smaller waterfalls that bring their own brand of beauty. I spent some time on these, but I had a long hike ahead of me and I wanted to see the big ones. It didn’t take too long before they started to appear.
The Falls Trail can be quite treacherous sometimes. There isn’t much to separate the photographer from the steep cliff in many places. Carrying a tripod made my balance a bit lopsided as I edged my way down some of the trickier portions of the trail. But what awaited around each corner was another astounding sight. Ricketts Glen State Park boasts 22 named waterfalls, and each one is more dazzling than the last. After traveling for a couple of miles down the gorge, I came to a loop that started to ascend back up the other side…
…or so I thought! It turns out that the ascent has a completely new set of waterfalls! I had already been more than impressed by the sights I had witnessed coming down the Falls trail, and I couldn’t believe that a whole new set of photo opportunities awaited me on the return trip! But I must confess, I was out of shape and quite exhausted from my exertions. Also, time was ticking and I didn’t really want to get caught in a perilous and unfamiliar spot after dark. So I had to make haste back up to the parking lot. I really didn’t cover the park thoroughly, which makes another adventure here is a must! Although I would warn any travelers that caution and a good pair of hiking boots is advised (and possibly an aerobics class) it is definitely worth a little risk to see this splendid park and its wonders.