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; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ricketts.htm
-Mapped by Michael Badeaux
- Distance: 10.0
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From trailhead, begin hiking east on well-marked Falls Trail
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Right onto Ganoga Glen Trail. Park is named after Col. Robert Bruce Ricketts, Battle of Gettysburg veteran
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Stay left on Ganoga Glen Trail/Falls Trail, following current of west Kitchen Creek before entering Ganoga Glen
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Follow switchbacks and stairs down west side of 94-foot Ganoga Falls; take rocky path toward falls for a midday rest
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Stay Right to Waters Meet, where 2 forks merge, presenting 4 spectacular waterfalls and an open, shallow pool. Birders may want to hunker down here with binocs to view up to 23 species of warblers
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Cool off behind Harrison Wright Falls, then continue past old-growth hemlock, pine, oak, some over 900 years old. Note: No swimming allowed
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Trail splits into two parallel tracks. Flip a coin: both lead to next waypoint
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Continue south where paths reconnect
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Cross PA 118 before hitting Adams Falls, a wide stream dropping over mahogany-colored rock. Then backtrack to Waypoint 5, turn right, cross bridge, and head north up Glen Leigh Trail
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Ascend steep steps and switchbacks, then turn left onto Highland Trail
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Midway Crevasse, elephant-sized split boulder sitting stubbornly on path; continue around back to Waypoint 2; return to car
Framed by Trees
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Ganoga Falls plummets 94 feet.
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The 47-foot drop of Erie Falls.
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The white-washed ribbon of Mohawk Falls.
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A 38-foot drop into a deep pool.
Sheldon Reynolds Falls
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Another beautiful cascade.
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Water rolls over rocky diving boards on this trailside brook.