Ricketts Glen

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Hike through a natural area of 500-year-old trees and up a deep ravine on man-made stone steps. Walk alongside a raging mountain stream past more than two dozen wild and dramatic waterfalls. This is an extremely popular hike with tourists and photographers, so if you’re a serious hiker and like to feel the serenity of the deep woods, you would do well to take this hike on a weekday. At Ricketts Glen history meets geology, and the result is a truly unique hike. This is not only the most magnifi cent hike in the state, but it also ranks up there with the top hikes in the East. This hike has everything: It is a National Natural History Area, with trees estimated to be up to 900 years old. There are breathtaking waterfalls, pristine settings boasting unique flora and fauna, and mammoth trees strewn along the trail and across the creeks. Here at Ricketts Glen, even the drainage streams that pour into Kitchen Creek produce picture-postcard waterfalls.
Hiking the Poconos

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Hiking the Poconos

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

Hike through a natural area of 500-year-old trees and up a deep ravine on man-made stone steps. Walk alongside a raging mountain stream past more than two dozen wild and dramatic waterfalls. This is an extremely popular hike with tourists and photographers, so if you’re a serious hiker and like to feel the serenity of the deep woods, you would do well to take this hike on a weekday.

At Ricketts Glen history meets geology, and the result is a truly unique hike. This is not only the most magnifi cent hike in the state, but it also ranks up there with the top hikes in the East.

This hike has everything: It is a National Natural History Area, with trees estimated to be up to 900 years old. There are breathtaking waterfalls, pristine settings boasting unique flora and fauna, and mammoth trees strewn along the trail and across the creeks. Here at Ricketts Glen, even the drainage streams that pour into Kitchen Creek produce picture-postcard waterfalls.

© 2009 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilkes-Barre
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 1,081 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton; (570) 477-5675; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/rickettsglen.aspx
Local Maps: USGS: Red Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Ricketts Glen

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