I'm originally from a tiny town called Tunkhannock, but I drove up from Philadelphia where I've lived for nearly a decade, and explored the trails. It's about 2.5 hours one way and I made it into a little day trip. The trail now has a new, lovely parking area complete with bathrooms! Heck yeah!
Next time I'll tack on a hike at World's End State Park to make the day more challenging. Ricketts Glen is a rather easy hike, but totally worth the trip for the sights alone. Head out during a warmer season and bring your bathing suit! Lake Jean at the top of the hill is a great little spot where you can rent boats and cabins.