Ricketts Glen State Park

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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Here’s the bottom line: Ricketts Glen is the best hike in Pennsylvania. It may also be one of the top hikes in the East. There are twenty-two named waterfalls; the tallest, Ganoga Falls, is 94 feet. The other twenty-one falls range from 15 to 49 feet, plus there are a dozen or more waterfalls that are unnamed. At the center of the hike is Kitchen Creek, a torrential mountain stream that drops 1,000 feet down the face of the Allegheny Front. Starting at the bottom of the ravine, the trail runs a short ways; then it’s up one branch of Kitchen Creek, a mile across the top, and down the other. The man-made pathway is stone steps, ledges, and wooden bridges made of timbers the size of tele- phone poles. On your way through the bottom of the ravine, you pass through Glens Natural Area, where exotic flora grows beneath 500-year-old hemlocks, pines, and oaks.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

Here’s the bottom line: Ricketts Glen is the best hike in Pennsylvania. It may also be one of the top hikes in the East. There are twenty-two named waterfalls; the tallest, Ganoga Falls, is 94 feet. The other twenty-one falls range from 15 to 49 feet, plus there are a dozen or more waterfalls that are unnamed. At the center of the hike is Kitchen Creek, a torrential mountain stream that drops 1,000 feet down the
face of the Allegheny Front.

Starting at the bottom of the ravine, the trail runs a short ways; then it’s up one branch of Kitchen Creek, a mile across the top, and down the other. The man-made pathway is stone steps, ledges, and wooden bridges made of timbers the size of tele- phone poles. On your way through the bottom of the ravine, you pass through Glens Natural Area, where exotic flora grows beneath 500-year-old hemlocks, pines, and oaks.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Williamsport
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 1,081 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton 17814; (570) 477-5675; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/rickettsglen
Local Maps: USGS Red Rock, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Ricketts Glen State Park

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