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Scranton, PA: Falls Trail Loop to Adams Falls

Pass 21 waterfalls on this 6.2-mile, five-star loop through a wrinkled ravine and tranquil forest in Ricketts Glen State Park.

Trip Tools

Start from the Falls trailhead and follow the path as it crisscrosses gurgling Kitchen Creek for 1.3 easy miles through a forest of 500-year-old hemlock, oak, birch, ash, and maple. At 1.8 miles, you’ll reach the confluence of Kitchen Creek’s two branches. The trail lollipops up one gorge to the Highland Trail, which connects to another for the return. Head up Glen Leigh Gorge to approach Adams’s favorite falls from below. Forty-one-foot Huron Falls (the fifth falls in Glen Leigh) cascades over multiple steps through the narrow gorge to a rocky amphitheater with a natural bench.

Drive time: Philadelphia: 2 1/2 hours
Contact: Ricketts Glen State Park, (570) 477-5675;

-Mapped by Michael Badeaux

To Trailhead

Take I-476 N to PA 309 N to PA 118 W. Turn right onto PA 487 for 3.4 mi., then right into Ricketts Glen. Go right at T-intersection and pass park office, then right @ 4-way for day parking at Falls Trail.

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