Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton
Categories: Waterfalls, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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. Using our custom trip planner, Benton attractions like Ricketts Glen State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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This is a beautiful little canyon with 24 named waterfalls and an untold number of smaller unnamed falls. We walked the Glen Leigh arm only to Ozone Falls due to time restraints. The trail is very ste... read more »
Hiking the Falls route was a beautiful experience.It was not too difficult or too long.There were many spots to take in the scenery.We went midweek and there were only a few people.
Loved Ricketts Glen. So many water falls to view. A beautiful view every step of the way. It can be a challenging hike, a great workout, if you visit all the upper falls. But well worth it! We went mi... read more »
This was the worst camping experience. We joked the entire time that it like jail. Every time the park rangers passed, we were getting in trouble for something. You can not have more then one car at the site, your animals have to be on a leash 100% of the time, you can't get in the falls, there is no cell service, you can not bring in firewood. I understand why all of the rules were in place, but it did not made the experience pleasurable. On a positive note, the falls trail was very nice and worth the trip.
The falls trail has spectacular views! It is home of over 15 waterfalls with the highest being over 90 feet! It is a looped trail so you have a chance to see it all regardless of which ends your start from. This is a challenging trail with some step inclined and slippery rocks in some areas, we are around waterfalls after all. Wear some hiking shoes or at least bare minimum sneakers. I have seen ppl in flip-flops and other shoes. Not only will you have a bad experience if your wear that but also have a chance of twisting your ankle and hurting yourself. You can do the loop in 1.5 hours if you blitz through it and don't stop for pictures and rest. If you leisurely stroll through then give it at least 3-4 hour to complete the loop. Please respect the trail and take any trash you bring in out with you.
Labor Day Weekend We camped at Mill Race Golf and Campground and hiked the falls trail from Lake Rose we went in to the right and finished the loop in about 4 hours. It was 3 adults and my 3 1/2 yr old son who is a natural when it comes to this sort of thing. We came prepared with proper footwear trailmix water and cameras; it was truly an amazing time had by all. Its no leisure walk but worth every bit of effort needed to complete. Take your time and let the beauty of the falls and mountains mesmerize you. Breathtakingly Beautiful.
I've been here to hike multiple times and it doesn't get old. The sights are a must-see! Every time we come up to visit my wife's family from Georgia, I'll drive up the extra 30 minutes to see it! Wear laced shoes and take plenty of water and snacks.. Common sense, but it's easy to get overwhelmed and forget the basics sometimes.
One of my favorite hikes ever! It is a challenging trail, but generally well maintained and still doable for most. Simply stunning and unexpected views. If you are looking for a real adrenaline rush, try this hike in the dead of winter... Just plan ahead and make sure you have the right gear!
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