Explore Ricketts Glen State Park on Your Next Vacation
Among Pennsylvania's most scenic parks, Ricketts Glen State Park lets vacationers discover 13,050 acres of exceptional, natural beauty. Featuring the Glens Natural Area and the Falls Trail System, alongside a variety of exciting recreational activities, vacationers will find plenty to do here in any season. Explore this unique nature reserve from one of the many Ricketts Glen State Park cabins on your next vacation.
Best Hiking Trails in Ricketts Glen State Park
Visiting Ricketts Glen State Park gives would-be explorers 26mi. of trails to traverse, with difficulty levels designed to suit all ages and experience levels. From spectacular waterfalls to groves of cherry tree blossoms, a home base in Ricketts Glen State Park cabins makes it easy to find a route suitable for your group, and explore at your own pace.
One of the easiest trails in the park, this one-mile route is suitable for children and takes you through old growth forest to ancient hemlock.
Beginning at Lake Rose, this 2.9mi. trail is also suitable for children. During winter, this trail is used for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Guiding you through groves of cherry trees and along old logging roads, this 4.6mi. hike is slightly more challenging and is suitable for older children and moderately experienced hikers.
A 7.2mi. loop trail that takes you past 21 spectacular waterfalls, this trail is among the most difficult in the park. It is best-suited to more experienced hikers.
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Best Family Activities in Ricketts Glen State Park
Whether exploring the park on horseback, settling down for a quiet day spotting local flora and fauna, or hitting the snow-covered trails on your skis, you can enjoy ample outdoor activities as a family. For a comfortable base nearby, explore the many Ricketts Glen State Park hotels, for cozy, convenient vacation options.
With 12.5mi. of equestrian trails, horseback riders are well catered for in the park. Bring your own mounts, or rent horses from nearby stables, and explore the park's old railroads, dry lake beds, and abandoned dam complex for a different perspective.
Ricketts Glen State Park is included on the Audubon Susquehanna River Birding and Wildlife Trail, and offers keen wildlife watchers plenty to see. Black bears are common in the park, as are bald eagles.
During the winter months, the many hiking trails in the park are ideal for both cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. You can get more information on snow depth and ice by consulting the park's Winter Report.
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