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Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania that is comprised of 13,193 acres across three counties.

Ricketts Glen harbors the Glens Natural Area -- a National Natural Landmark. Hike the Falls Trail System to explore the glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. View the park map to see each of the falls and where they are along the trails.

The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife throughout the park add to the beauty. 

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History

Rickets Glen State Park was named after Robert Bruce Ricketts, a Colonel in the US Army during the Civil War. At one point, Colonel Ricketts owned more than 80,000 acres of land in the area. Between 1920 and 1924 his heirs sold 48,000 acres to the Pennsylvania Game Commission leaving the family with 12,000 acres around lakes in the area. In 1942, the heris sold 1,261 acres of land around the Falls and Glens area to the state to become a state park. 

Additional purchases of land from the Ricketts family and others resulted in the present size of the park. Recreational facilities first opened at the park in 1944.

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Last updated: September 30, 2020
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