"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...
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:Amazing waterfalls, convenient, great recreational site
- Cons:can be a bit dangerous on the Falls Trail
Though it is the tallest waterfall at Ricketts Glen, I think the best place to try to get in the water is under the... more travel advice
If you're not into staying right in the park, in a cabin, then these cottages are a good alternative. They aren't... more travel advice
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