"Great Hiking and Scenery" Ricketts Glen State Park by PA2AKgirl

Ricketts Glen State Park Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 122 photos

Ricketts Glen is located in what is known as the "Endless Mountain Region" of Pennsylvania. (Northcentral to Northeastern PA.)
I think it's the most beautiful part of the state and I love going up to Ricketts Glen for some hiking.


The park is close to other state parks as well (ie: Worlds End...which is fantastic) so if you're planning on visiting Pennsylvania, take a couple days and head up there...

A little history and geology of the area

This park was approved to be a national park but that ended during WWII. It's named after Colonel Ricketts who was involved in the Civil War, namely at the Battle of Gettysburg. He owned a good portion of the land and it was eventually sold to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It's now preserved not only as a state park but also a national natural area in the glen area of the park.

Kitchen creek is made up of 2 branches that carved the gorges of of Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh. At a place appropriately called “Waters Meet” these 2 branches come together and then flow through Ricketts Glen. There are wonderful rock formations and a few types of waterfalls, including "bridal veil" (flows straight down as in the 1st picture) and "wedding cake" (in tiers...like my last picture)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing waterfalls, convenient, great recreational site
  • Cons:can be a bit dangerous on the Falls Trail
  • Intro Updated Sep 25, 2004
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  • Aug 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Also if you are going to attempt winter hiking be careful of sink holes in the snow. Some places you may be knee deep and all of a sudden you are waste deep because of boulders under the snow.

  • Jul 24, 2008 at 6:08 AM

    These cabins were clean, inexpensive, and convienent for a family. We had a wonderful time here. The waterfall trail hike is worth your time. You should be in good shape.

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    Aug 28, 2005 at 5:50 PM

    Gorgeous photos. What beautiful scenery!

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    Sep 13, 2004 at 6:49 AM

    This place looks fantastic, thanks for the tips!

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    Aug 6, 2004 at 11:16 AM

    I had to pay another visit ti your Ricketts Glen pages. It looks like a beautidul place.

  • Jul 14, 2004 at 12:13 PM

    not bad... not bad at all.... ;-) wonderful pics... good info too!

  • Jul 5, 2004 at 11:49 PM

    Katey, my friend, many many happy returns of the day. Wishing you a happy birthday , a great time , happy travels and all the best in life.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2004 at 9:27 AM

    Great Page Katey :-)) And thanks a lot for being in my Pisa page, indeed it is a great place, have fun dear there and happy traveling :-))

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2004 at 9:32 AM

    You are like me in that you love water....

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2004 at 7:37 PM

    Excellent, well written tips. We're sold. Ricketts Glen is now definitely on our list of places we MUST SEE.

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