Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton

Must see · Waterfall · State Park
Hike through old-growth forest, spot 22 named waterfalls, and relax by a cobalt lake in Ricketts Glen State Park. A National Natural Landmark, the park covers 5,280 ha (13,050 acres), and its highest waterfall, Ganoga Falls, tumbles 29 m (94 ft). As you choose among the 42 km (26 mi) of hiking trails, consider a route that goes to Lake Jean, where you'll find 183 m (600 ft) of beach and waterside picnic tables. The park permits swimming, fishing, and hunting, and you can spend the night at a campsite or in a cabin if you'd like. Our Benton trip maker website makes visiting Ricketts Glen State Park and other Benton attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This park is worth a trip. There are 21 waterfalls in the Falls Trail System, and another within a few feet from a second parking area, at the beginning of the Evergreen Trail. Most of the other...  more »
  • This state park has so many waterfalls. We are from SC, and do a good bit of waterfall hikes on the regular, and this was still outside my comfort zone. We went on a Monday and it was still pretty...  more »
  • 21 Waterfalls in 7.2 miles. If you are chasing waterfalls then this is the right place for you. I did falls trail from Lake Rose parking lot. You can be on falls trail for at least 3 to 4 hours if you stop and enjoy each and every fall and take pictures. I never seen this many waterfall in one State Park. Falls trail is very easy though people says it is difficult. 94 foot fall is very close to Lake Rose parking lot so you can enjoy Ganoga falls and go back to parking lot if you just want to take pictures and enjoy the water. Entire falls trail is well covered under the trees so make sure you check weather before you start hiking otherwise it may get dark easily in the park. I did falls trails to highland trail back to Lake Rose parking lot. Entire loop is around 3+ miles. I would definitely recommend Waterfalls trail for everyone to enjoy 18 waterfalls in 3+ miles. I visited park on Friday and it was not so crowded, I can imagine park get crowded over the weekend. Best time is to start early in the morning. Parking lot has no entry fee which is a plus.
  • Lovely place with lots of beautiful local scenery. Wonderful waterfalls to see and trails for hiking. Picnic areas, a nice Beach, clean bathroom facilities. Plenty of parking. Great spot for nature photography, hiking, picnics and swimming. Great for the whole family. Plenty of maps available, well marked trails and information boards.

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