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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Ricketts Glen State Park reviews
Went in May when the waterfalls were at peak. Did the main waterfall walk which passed many waterfalls. The walk was steep (ups and downs) and also pretty long. Many scenic spots to take pictures...
Went in May when the waterfalls were at peak. Did the main waterfall walk which passed many waterfalls. The walk was steep (ups and downs) and also pretty long. Many scenic spots to take pictures... more »
We walked the beach trail for a bit, turned around and went back. Lake is beautiful!! Driving be around & checked out the campground. Looked very nice. Finished off by doing the Falls trail. Got to.... more
We walked the beach trail for a bit, turned around and went back. Lake is beautiful!! Driving be around & checked out the campground. Looked very nice. Finished off by doing the Falls trail. Got to.... more »
First time here and stayed in a full hook-up site in the dog friendly loop in our 19 ft RV travel trailer. The sites are nice and spread out, the most of any other campgrounds we stayed at so far (we've been RV camping for 5 years). Sites are huge and gravelled (small gravel around picnic table and fire pit and larger gravel in parking area). Can't comment about the restrooms/showers as we didn't use those with having an RV. No cell signal. Lots of hiking trails which is what we look for and like for our dog when looking for campgrounds. The Falls Trail is very well marked, others not so much. The drought kept the waterfalls to minimum but it's still a beautiful hike. Trails can be narrow at places so wear good hiking shoes/boots. We started at Rt 118 and did the whole 7.2 mile loop with 21 waterfalls. You can make this loop shorter by starting from the campground and only miss 3 waterfalls. Two "milder" hiking trails are the Bear Walk trail and the Highland Trail that you can start right from the campgrounds. Super size and pretty beach area (no dogs allowed) and Lake Jean is beautiful!. This was one of our favorite State Parks we stayed at so far this year.
A place that you could spend a lot of time in and not get bored or do the same trails. One of my favorite places I have hiked so far. The waterfalls trail was Amazing but as the trail maps state it is difficult. I saw many people really struggling with the ascent and some that looked to almost need medical attention. But other than that the park has so much to offer. Summertime it has a beach area and a huge lake to enjoy as well. The facilities there were nice too. Bathrooms were heated when it was cooler out and has plenty of parking. One of the most impressive things about the park was how well kept and clean it was! I would highly recommend going and not being afraid to take the kids and dog! Go enjoy nature!
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