• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Camping, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Year Round

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly

Ricketts Glen State Park is a real gem for waterfall lovers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Come for the falls and stay for the tranquility of this lakeside campground.

Some would argue that the trails hidden inside this state park are some of the most scenic in all of Pennsylvania, while I haven't explored a ton of the state I sure see where the fans of this park are coming from. The campground is very large and reservations would be highly recommended if you are visiting during the summer months or want one of the more secluded lakeside sites. You can make reservations and find more information on their website here. The campsites can be very close to one another so if you are going midweek or off-season I would suggest to just show up and see which site you like best without a reservation. The bathhouses are very clean and the hot water is free, which we have found is becoming more and more a rarity.

There are a handful of nature trails meandering through the woods and a couple public beaches on the lake where you can swim and paddle around to your hearts content. The real jewel of this park though is the 7.2 mile waterfall hike which showcases about every type of waterfall there is out there. Plan a lot of time for the falls hike as you will be stopping about every 1/4 mile to take in a waterfall, plus the trail can be incredibly slippery due to all the water nearby.

If you are a waterfall lover and are in the NE states there wont be many other natural areas that provide quite the sheer number of photo opportunities that this park does. 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Camping gear
  • Firewood
  • Paddle boards/Kayaks
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Groceries (no services nearby)
  • Bicycles (the campground is massive)
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Noah Twining

Adventurer, Trucklifer, and occasional photographer. Currently on the road with @anamalie seeking all the amazing places North America has to offer. Find me on Instagram or at destinedforlateness.com

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