Ricketts Glen State Park is tied as the second largest state park in Pennsylvania, covering over 13,000 acres. The park is so large it actually covers parts of three counties, Columbia, Luzerne, and Sullivan. Containing a National Natural Landmark, Ricketts Glen State Park includes features like waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and densely forested regions.
Hiking is without a doubt the major focus for guests entering Ricketts Glen State Park. The park contains 22 total waterfalls, most of which are only accessible through the trail network contained here. 26 total miles of trails cover every conceivable difficulty, from flat open areas to climbs requiring professional grade climbing gear. The Falls Trail tends to be the most popular.
At over seven miles, the Falls Trail is a multi-hour trek that shouldn't be attempted without proper preparation. This trail leads guests to Ganoga Falls, a 94-foot water feature that's the tallest in the park. A 3.2-mile section of this trail creates a less challenging loop where guests of all abilities can get a good look at several of the waterfalls contained here.
Make sure to get a fresh copy of the Ricketts Glen State Park Trail Guide at the park's central offices before heading out. If you're taking a dog along, make sure to bring a decent leash to keep them on, and pick up any business they might leave on the ground. A 600-foot beach is accessible by hiking trail, or by using the adjacent parking lot. The swimming area is cordoned off and unsupervised, so if you take a dip, you'll be swimming at your own risk.
A concession stand and boat rental facility are located just to the north of this area, the hours for which are regularly posted at the main entrance to the park. Smoking is prohibited within the limits of the public swimming areas. If you've got your dog with you, they'll be able to enjoy the beach but will have to hang back if you decide to get into the water.