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Ricketts Glen State Park

Pennsylvania Wilds, Pennsylvania

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  • An unmarked trail leading to the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A deer in the distance along the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A view into the woods from the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A hiker crosses a small creek.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A hiker looks out over Onondaga Falls.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A hiker taking some pictures of the flowing water.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • One of the many wooden bridges along the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Frank L. Ricketts Falls.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A trail marker along the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A hiker looking out over Onondaga Falls.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Fallen logs sit downstream of Shawnee Falls.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Huron Falls flowing over the rocks.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Ozone Falls splashing on the rocks below.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A peice of water-logged wood sits near the bottom of R. B. Ricketts Falls.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Massive boulders help guide the B. Reynolds Falls downstream.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Wyandot Falls from the bottom.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A section of the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Cascading water flowing along the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A hiker looks out over Ganoga Falls.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • A wooded area with picnic tables and small grills.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • The Highland Trail, connecting the two arms of the Falls Trail.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Families relax on the sandy banks of Lake Jean.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • Various boats, including kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are available to rent.- Ricketts Glen State Park
  • - Ricketts Glen State Park
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Pros: 
Several waterfalls. Lush woods. Swimming.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Trail can become very muddy and slippery.
Region:
Pennsylvania Wilds, PA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Ricketts Glen is a state park located in northern Pennsylvania. It features 24 waterfalls ranging from 9 to 94 feet, picnic areas, and a swimming lake.

All of the waterfalls are located along the aptly named Falls Trail, which stretches for 7.2 miles. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy a 3.2-mile trail that passes most of the falls. The Highland Trail connects the eastern terminus and northwestern terminus of the Falls Trail.

The trail is moderately difficult, with steep inclines and wet, muddy, and uneven terrain. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are on a leash. If you're looking for solitude with the falls, the best time to set out is shortly after sunrise or in the late afternoon. Rain also drives away the crowds and presents a unique view of the landscape. There are many opportunities for you to sit along the edges of the water and rest, or even have a picnic.

Lake Jean can be accessed by the Beach Trail or via a large parking area. Swimming at the lake is encouraged within the roped off areas. The beach is staffed with lifeguards during the summer months. Various watercraft, including canoes and kayaks, are available for rent. There are concessions, restrooms, and large picnic areas within the immediate vicinity of the lake.

Ricketts Glen was originally part of a larger, 80,000-acre piece of land owned by R. Bruce Ricketts, formerly a colonel in the Civil War. He decided not to clear the forest from around the glen and eventually built the first trail along the falls in 1893. The trail system was improved in the 1940s and the 1990s. 

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