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Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton

Must see · Waterfall · State Park
Hike through old-growth forest, spot 22 named waterfalls, and relax by a cobalt lake in Ricketts Glen State Park. A National Natural Landmark, the park covers 5,280 ha (13,050 acres), and its highest waterfall, Ganoga Falls, tumbles 29 m (94 ft). As you choose among the 42 km (26 mi) of hiking trails, consider a route that goes to Lake Jean, where you'll find 183 m (600 ft) of beach and waterside picnic tables. The park permits swimming, fishing, and hunting, and you can spend the night at a campsite or in a cabin if you'd like. Our Benton trip maker website makes visiting Ricketts Glen State Park and other Benton attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Just look at the photos, any photos. If that isn't enough to have you tripping over your own feet to get to Ricketts Glen, maybe my review will. Rickett's Glenn is the most spiritual, hallowed...  more »
  • We parked in the route 118 parking lot and did the 7 Mile loop (clockwise). It was absolutely amazing. On the way back we did the lower trail and though it was more challenging I liked being by the....  more »
  • Go out of your way to stop here and hike the most beautiful waterfalls anywhere in the United States!!!! I have never seen so many gorgeous waterfalls--we saw 20 out of the 21 waterfalls. I had...  more »
  • 21 Waterfalls in 7.2 miles. If you are chasing waterfalls then this is the right place for you. I did falls trail from Lake Rose parking lot. You can be on falls trail for at least 3 to 4 hours if you stop and enjoy each and every fall and take pictures. I never seen this many waterfall in one State Park. Falls trail is very easy though people says it is difficult. 94 foot fall is very close to Lake Rose parking lot so you can enjoy Ganoga falls and go back to parking lot if you just want to take pictures and enjoy the water. Entire falls trail is well covered under the trees so make sure you check weather before you start hiking otherwise it may get dark easily in the park. I did falls trails to highland trail back to Lake Rose parking lot. Entire loop is around 3+ miles. I would definitely recommend Waterfalls trail for everyone to enjoy 18 waterfalls in 3+ miles. I visited park on Friday and it was not so crowded, I can imagine park get crowded over the weekend. Best time is to start early in the morning. Parking lot has no entry fee which is a plus.
  • Lovely place with lots of beautiful local scenery. Wonderful waterfalls to see and trails for hiking. Picnic areas, a nice Beach, clean bathroom facilities. Plenty of parking. Great spot for nature photography, hiking, picnics and swimming. Great for the whole family. Plenty of maps available, well marked trails and information boards.
  • Clean. Beautiful. Majestic. So many waterfalls! Well maintained. Lots of people when we went on a Sunday from noon to 5pm. To see the best of the waterfalls you'll need to hike some moderately difficult trails, but it is definitely worth it!
  • Hands down the BEST state park I've ever been to. The Falls Trail is phenomenal and each waterfall you come across is more spectacular than the last. Don't miss out and go early before the crowds show up.
  • We love the falls trail for a quick workout. I like that there are a few different ways to access and hike it. The trail was particularly wet when we were there, which made it a bit slippery even with my trail runners. People need to learn some better etiquette also, many heard us coming from behind and would not look behind or move over unless asked.

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