Ricketts Glen State Park Benton, Pennsylvania

Ricketts Glen State Park covers more than 13,050 acres of old-growth forestland in northeastern Pennsylvania. With 22 named waterfalls, miles of hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and equestrian trails as well as 245-acre Lake Jean for boating, fishing and swimming, Ricketts Glen attracts outdoors enthusiasts year-round. Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. In addition to individual and group camping facilities inside the park, three campgrounds lie within a five-mile radius of Ricketts Glen, which includes portions of Columbia, Luzerne and Sullivan counties.

Ricketts Glen harbors Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. Hike the Falls Trail System and explore the Glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the beauty.

The full loop of the Falls trail is 7.2 miles if hiking both the upper and lower sections. To see most of the waterfalls, a 3.2-mile loop can be taken by going on Highland Trail and the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail. The trails follow along 22 beautiful waterfalls ranging in heights from 11 feet to 94 feet. The scenery is well worth the effort, however, the terrain is rocky, can be slippery and descends steeply on both the Ganoga and Glen Leigh sides. Hikers should take extra precautions with trail conditions, wear proper footwear, stay on the trail and be in great physical condition.

Open to tents and RVs, the main campground at Ricketts Glen State Park sits on the shores of Lake Jean. Together, its two camping loops have 120 sites with no utilities. Campsites in the smaller loop are open year-round, and six sites are handicap accessible. Facilities available in or near the camping loops include restrooms, showers and a dump station. Also available are 10 rental cabins with full kitchen facilities and an organized group camping area that can accommodate up to 240. Open from late April until late October, the group camping area has picnic tables, drinking water supplies and flush toilets.