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Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton

(4.8/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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 park is nice and close to me all trails are easy to stay on a lot of people have the bad luck to fall here so were the right gear when going hiking lk at top is refurbished now and its a camp sit...  more »
  • This is such a beautiful place! Camping, Hiking, photography, just sitting in a spot peacefully in awe and amazed at the beautiful surroundings of the creation around you. You can't help but get carri...  more »
  • This was a very nice day trip for us. The hiking loop included many picturesque views of the falls. We parked by the beach and at the end of the walk hit up the snack bar for some much needed refreshm...  more »
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  • We love hiking here because it is such a beautiful natural area. It is well maintained, but the trails are very difficult so you must be in good shape for the hike. It is worth the effort! Give yourself at least 5 or 6 hours. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
  • I grew up a few miles from the park. It's PA wilderness at its finest. Be sure to hike the trail and fall in love with beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Wear proper hiking shoes.
  • Awesome waterfalls! Lots of different types small ones big ones, tall ones, and short ones. A decent but not too difficult hike. The trail makes a nice circuit around the falls. Definitely use caution as there can sometimes be slippery sections.
  • Ricketts Glen SP is well known for the Falls Trail, a 6+ mile trail spanning two creeks and more than twenty waterfalls. Most are 15-30 feet high, but the tallest, Ganoga Falls, is more than 90 feet tall. Obviously the wow-factor of the falls is entirely dependent on the water flow. I was there in May, before the current dry spell lowered water levels throughout the region and everything looked very pretty. Lake Jean has a swimming beach and was a short, but pretty kayak excursion.
  • 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.