I was enticed by the number of waterfalls in such close proximity. How many times have I hiked several miles for just one beautiful waterfall? Ricketts Glen State Park offered the possibility of just a 3.2 mile hike and 18 waterfalls!
For the shorter, 3.2-mile hike, she recommended we start on the Highland Trail, veering right from the trail head to meet the Glen Leigh trail, which would take us past eight waterfalls and on down to "Waters Meet." At Water's Meet, we pick up the trail leading us back up the side of the mountain through Canoga Glen and past another 10 waterfalls, including the 94-foot spectacular Canoga Waterfalls, and then finally back up to the Highland Trail (which seems blissfully level after the step ascent) and the parking lot.
It only took us 3-1/2 hours -- and that included carefully traversing rain-slicked rock steps with three scaredy-cat dogs -- to see all of the falls on the trail, during which time I stopped to take about 250 photos (give or take) and several videos. Go slowly and carefully down the steps -- those are the scariest part, because a slip could land you 30 feet below in some places and it was clear that the trail builders thought railings were for sissies. If you start getting winded on the way up, then take some more photo ops!
Tip #3: Download a handy, dandy phone app: The Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests, Powered by Pocket Ranger®. It's free, and includes GPS features. You can find more about it at the Pennsylvania State Parks website (dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks). It tells you a little about the parks and gives you hours, directions, and some helpful information. Search for "Pocket Ranger®" in either the App Store or Google Play.