Ricketts Glen

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18618

Ricketts Glen

Ricketts Glen Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018