‪Ricketts Glen State Park‬

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jmpncsu
‪Raleigh‬, ‪North Carolina‬4,343 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2021
‪We visited Ricketts Glen for a hike with our dog on the Falls Trail. It's very crowded, but we arrived right at 8 and had no trouble parking at Lake Rose. The Falls Trail is a 5-6 mile loop with 21 named waterfalls - each of them beautiful with their own personality. You literally can't walk 5 minutes without passing another falls. Absolutely amazing hike if you enjoy waterfalls, but very popular so try to arrive early. The first 8 or so we pretty much had to ourselves, but got progressively more crowded as the morning went on. The trail is moderately challenging and appropriate hiking shoes are required. There is also another waterfall - Adams Falls that is just a short hike from the Evergreen Parking area. In addition to the park, the adjacent Game Lands No. 13 has a bunch of waterfalls and is much less crowded.‬
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Companion630368
ستيت كولدج, بنسيلفانيا4 مساهمات
أكتوبر 2021
‪We hiked the Falls Trail - seven miles plus, about half up and half downhill. There are 21 falls, and they are all breathtaking. I was additionally charmed by how beautifully the walks and stairs were designed to blend in aesthetically with the landscape.

We were glad to have our hiking books and hiking poles, as parts of the trail are quite steep and rough. Make sure your knees are ready for the trip: it is almost ALL up and down, as you might expect from a hike that goes along a string of waterfalls. (No up and down --> no waterfalls.)‬
كُتب بتاريخ 19 أكتوبر 2021
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Roxanne
‪Naches‬, واشنطن10 مساهمات
أكتوبر 2021
‪Ricketts Glen State Park is amazing. My husband and I started out for a short hike but ended up dating the Falls Trail 3.2 miles. The falls are beautiful and so glad we did it. There are very steep stone steps going up and down. I suggest good hiking shoes and walking sticks and of course a camera.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 12 أكتوبر 2021
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63impala
‪Stoneham‬, ماساتشوستس938 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2021
‪We were on short time so we were only able to do about an hour hike. We got a taste of the park and will return when we have more time. From what we experienced, this is a great park with lots of nature and water falls. We look forward to our return.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 أكتوبر 2021
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HappyGJackson
‪Mount Laurel‬, نيو جيرسي621 مساهمة
أكتوبر 2021
‪I went here to see the waterfalls . steep steps going down just take your time and enjoy the view . I drove over to the beach and found out there are cabins to rent . Very nice day . Give yourself a couple of hours to hike . Bring walking sticks no railings .‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 أكتوبر 2021
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Vistaviewer77
‪La Vista‬, ‪Nebraska‬176 مساهمة
زوجان • سبتمبر 2021
‪Had heard about this park and the many waterfalls but nothing prepares you for the amount of flowing water in this park. Make sure you have sturdy, good treaded shoes before you attempt this hike. A walking stick would have been helpful but is still doable without. Know that in order to see the majority of the falls you will need to expend some energy. It is a little over a 3 mile loop. Does t matter which direction you start out. If you go counterclockwise you will be going downhill the first third. Throughout this loop the steps are steep, possibly slippery, and of course not uniform in height. The trail drops down quickly but take your time and take in the beauty of each fall. The middle part of the hike is going to be a steep ascent with equally beautiful waterfalls so take your time going up. Lots of cool wooden bridges to cross. Once you reach the top it is a pretty level walk back to the parking lot through a shady, canopied trail.‬
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Brenda A
Windsor Heights, Iowa, United States21 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2021
‪Amazing waterfalls!!! This is the best waterfall hike I have been on in the midwest. I cannot think of a park where one can hike in one afternoon and see 21 great waterfalls. Both my husband and I love this park. As an added bonus the hikers on the trails with us were so nice and polite. The park trails were also very clean and easy to follow.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 سبتمبر 2021
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LaurenEA91
‪Chadds Ford‬, بنسيلفانيا322 مساهمة
زوجان • سبتمبر 2021
‪We came up here to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and we were not disappointed. Did a little bit of the trail the first day and saw some waterfalls and then the sky opened up. We walked close to an hour in an absolute deluge. Needless to say we were drenched. My boots are still wet 2 days later. 2nd day we did the falls trail. It was super steep and slippery and disorienting but the waterfalls were worth it. If you aren't in really good shape you are going to have problems. If there are a lot of people around I imagine it could be a bit dangerous since there are no handrails and no place to move out of the way. Try to visit during the off season. The views will be worth it.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 سبتمبر 2021
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brensgrrl
‪Harrisburg‬, بنسيلفانيا95 مساهمة
يوليو 2021
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Today is July 27, 2021, and as I write this, I am camping at Ricketts Glen State Park. One of the most frustrating things about the vast majority of reviews of this place is that people have made it all about the WATERFALLS (21 of them, to be exact). One of the reasons I am even here is that one of my husband's coworkers raved about the waterfalls so much that HE couldn't wait to get here. If you check the camper photos on this website, nearly ALL of them are just pictures of the same waterfalls over and over (except the occasional shot of a campsite or the beach area). This renders nearly ALL of the reviews stale, repetitive, and virtually useless to anyone who hopes to get accurate and USEFUL information about this State Park. In trying to get information about the Campground at Ricketts Glen State Park, I was frustrated.

Why? Because most folks write NOTHING about the Campground and campsites, the condition of the Bathhouse, the Beach, the roads, or anything else about the Park. I believe that I only read two reviews here telling the truth about how challenging the Falls Trail is. NOPE. It's all about the Falls Trail, how wonderful it is, and the W A T E R F A L L S. This information is useless to those of us who may be unable to complete the 7.2 miles, challenging Falls Trail hike and who may want actually to KNOW about the campsites and other activities.

The simple fact is that if it weren't for the waterfalls, this place would get mediocre ratings at best, and I will tell you why.

"THE SOMEWHAT GOOD...

First of all, let me speak about the waterfalls and get THAT off my back. They are stunning and worth seeing. However, I HIGHLY advise anyone planning a trip to Ricketts Glen State Park to read an informative review by Jim Cheney, "Waterfall Paradise: Tips for Hiking the Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park." You can GOOGLE it and find it in UNCOVERING PA. Apparently, I am not allowed to quote him here, but I STRONGLY advise anyone anticipating a visit to this park to look this review up and pay heed to his warnings.

The Park Officials give copious warnings too. These are posted at the trailheads. As a matter of fact, as I write this, park officials have posted an account of an Israeli tourist who was injured and had to be rescued from the Park a few years ago. Injuries are common. And people have fallen to their deaths into the falls as recently as 2016 (NO PUN INTENDED). I am writing to inform people that the Falls Trail is extraordinarily challenging and NOT to be attempted unless one is in top physical condition and wearing actual hiking clothes, boots, or shoes. One must be prepared for weather changes that will make the trail hazardous. This is no place for flip-flops, sandals, heels, or sneakers. This is no place for the elderly, easily exhausted people, those who are out of shape, folks who have had knee, hip, or leg surgery within the past 6-8 months, people with mobility issues, or anyone who is not in TOP physical condition. A lot of the trail passes directly by waterfalls, and there are stone and wooden stairs that are wet and slippery. In some areas, there are rock scrambles where one must climb up wet rocks on hands and knees. One must be especially nimble on their feet when passing other hikers on the very crowded trails at this time of year because there are no guardrails, handrails, or grab chains to hang onto. Also, you need to get a copy of the official Park map THAT tells which trails are the most difficult. The Falls Trail is inaccessible to disabled people, and if you take young children along, you must be able to carry them as well as yourself if necessary. There is no cellphone service anywhere in the Park, so you will not be able to conveniently call out for assistance (good luck trying to flag a Ranger down. ). You will have to somehow come down off the trail and get to one of the emergency telephones located at the Beach, the Modern Cabin area, the Lake Rose Parking area, or the Visitor Center.

And, to add to the "need to know" information about the trails, many of the restrooms at the parking lots for the Falls Trail and its tributary Trail Parking areas are all old not-very-clean ONE-HOLER Pit Toilets without handwashing facilities. Long lines tend to form at these places at various parts of the day. Ladies, PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

The waterfalls, though, really are beautiful. If you really can manage the hike, you should. But you won't see any pictures of the ones on Falls Trail in connection with MY REVIEW. There are more than enough of those waterfall pictures posted already. I am posting RELEVANT information that is of REAL assistance to those who intend to CAMP in Ricketts Glen State Park.

That said, WHAT ABOUT THE CAMPGROUND? And what activities are there for folks who are unable to walk the Falls Trail, especially people who are disabled as I am?

Activities:
One big surprise is that most people can see at least two of the waterfalls, Adams Falls and Kitchen Creek Falls, from the "easy hike" at Evergreen Trail, a 1-mile loop "accessible" from a parking lot along Route 118. Take the word "accessible" with a grain of salt. Even though the Evergreen Trail parking lot has handicapped parking, the Evergreen Trail is NOT ADA ACCESSIBLE by wheelchairs or scooters. Anyone going on this trail must have a reasonable amount of personal mobility. Walkers and canes are not advised at all. If you can WALK on your own with a bit of assistance from another person, a staff, a walking stick, or trekking poles, you can walk this trail. Note that I said, "WALK on your own with a A BIT OF assistance;" it is inadvisable to CARRY anyone on this trail, and that includes children and pets because portions of it are slippery at times. Wear your hiking shoes or boots! Be aware that this trail has many stone steps that are steep and uneven and that there are climbs up rocky and root-bound hills involved. However, there are beautiful views and interesting things to see in the Old Growth Forest, and Adams Falls and Kitchen Creek Falls are impressive. I have two Total Knee Replacements, and I was able to walk this trail with A BIT of assistance from my husband. People, please don't forget your walking staff!

There is also a nice beach on Lake Jean (beautiful!) with a modern Beach House. There are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. Smoking is not permitted on the Beach (that's probably why it was so clean and free of cigarette trash). The Beach House has very MODERN, CLEAN Restrooms and Showers to accommodate beachgoers. Unfortunately, the Food Concession is closed for 2021 (MAY reopen next year), but it seems that the boat/kayak rental concession is still operating. There are lovely picnic areas with BBQs adjacent to the Beach, so bring your own food and enjoy the view.

The Deluxe Camping Cottages, located near the beginning of the Beach Trail, are BEAUTIFUL, and some have views of Lake Jean. They are NEW with lovely sitting areas, picnic tables, and fire rings. These cottages have electric service but no bathrooms; cottage campers must use the Bathhouse in the Big Loop Campground. The Modern Cabins (Located away from lakeside) are complete with a kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and two or three bedrooms, but none have Lake views. Modern Cabins F and H are ADA Accessible.

There is fishing at Lake Jean if you are into fishing, but a Pennsylvania Fishing License is necessary, and Fishing Season regulations apply. Only boats with paddles or electric motors are allowed on the Lake.

Apparently, there are some other activities like nature walks conducted by Park Rangers. However, they are not always advertised on the Bulletin Board outside the Bathhouse, so one MUST ASK at the Campground Office when checking in.

Another GOOD thing we discovered while walking the Beach Trail is that the Small Loop Campground, closed for reconstruction and modernization, will have paved sites with electric and water hookups for RVs. Perhaps the work will be completed in 2022 or 2023.

As far as the Ricketts Glen State Park area is concerned, there are no museums, sight-seeing venues, or attractions nearby unless you plan to go into the local Pinchot State Forest or the nearby State Game Lands to see even more waterfalls! Then you are in for nothing but primitive camping (permit needed) and challenging hiking.

AND THE LITTLE BIT BAD...

As for the Campground, we are in the Big Loop. As I previously said, the Small Campground Loop is closed for repairs and upgrades. And that is a good thing because the facilities in the Big Loop are antiquated, to say the best about them. I guess the idea is to do repairs in the Big Loop eventually, but that can't come soon enough.

The Campsite Map for the Big Loop can be somewhat deceiving. The Campsites on the outside of the Big Loop provide lake access WITH THE EXCEPTIONS OF SITES 1-9, 66, 67, 69, 70, 72, AND 73. For example, we were in Site 73 and had no view of Lake Jean and no access to the lake, even though the Campsite Map shows Site 73 as being on the lakeside.

The Campsites in the Big Loop are paved, with the locally available crushed Red Rock. The surface is somewhat gravelly. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem, but when it rains, the Red Rock surface oozes a reddish substance that can stain clothing, mats, and the bottom of your shoes. The fine, red gravel also tends to stick to the bottom of shoes and sneakers and track inside tents and RVs. There are no water, sewer, or electrical hookups, so you must be prepared to boondock if you are in an RV. There are, however, water standpipes throughout the Campground. The roads are so narrow that two vehicles cannot pass one another, so you must always follow the arrows to avoid creating bottlenecks (I did see one place where two-way traffic is allowed, but beware of the jams). The narrow roads also tend to be crowded with INATTENTIVE adults and kids riding bicycles, scooters, and skateboards, so walkers and drivers must be alert.

There are quite a few campsites that could accommodate rigs as large as Fifth Wheels and Diesel-Pusher Motorhomes (if you can get them up the steep mountain road here). Still, the way the actual campsites are placed in relation to the road and their layout makes it easier to pull in than to back in (we had difficulty backing our 25-foot trailer in). I did not see any pull-through sites. And the bigger the rig, the more difficult backing in will become. Campsites adjacent to the Bathhouse are nice and large but trying to get a big rig in them would be nearly impossible because of their relationship to the road. Pay attention to the campsite size information posted on the Reservations website. My advice is to avoid the place if your rig is larger than 25-30 feet or be prepared with help to get backed in. Tent campers will usually have plenty of space anywhere.

Most campsites are heavily shaded, which is good if you are tent camping or have good battery power and a generator (small generators are permitted but may only be operated from 8 am to 9 pm, and courtesy is a must. Industrial size or very noisy generators are forbidden—apparently, complaints about your generator can get you removed from the Park.) We are equipped with Solar, and there was more than enough sun at our site to keep our batteries charged. Quiet hours are 9 pm to 8 am, and alcoholic beverages are forbidden in the Park. The campsites do have adequate privacy and are separated by wooded areas. The sites located near the Bathhouse are fairly level and somewhat accessible.

One big downside is that there is NO CAMP STORE. If you forget something, need firewood or food, you will have to drive all the way down the mountain to the "Red Rock Corner Store," which is EXPENSIVE as most convenience stores are. Another big downside is that there are no dumpsters conveniently located within walking distance anywhere in the Campground, so people are supposed to have a means to accumulate their trash and carry it out to dumpsters near the RV dump station at the entrance/exit when they leave. This trash thing has created a very nasty problem, and many campers have found an equally ugly solution. Read on in the next section to learn how the Law of Unintended Consequences applies in this case.

Now for the UGLY.

The Bathhouse/Rest Room building is not only shabby and run down, BUT IT IS BREATHTAKINGLY FILTHY. B R E A T H T A K I N G L Y F I L T H Y. Not just unkempt or dirty—FILTHY! So bad that I had to photograph it, otherwise no one would believe me. A photo is worth a thousand words, but I WAS DISCREET. I didn't photograph ALL of the mess. Of course, I was only in the Ladies Room, but when I showed the photos to my husband, he said that the Mens' Room was equally as bad.

The showers are not only unspeakably filthy, with stall walls and curtains covered in black mold, but the shower mats have not been lifted for cleaning or replaced in possibly years, and black mold is creeping out from under them. The fixtures are rusty; the showerheads blast water uncontrollably and soak everything; there are cobwebs in every corner and covering the windows; the toilet seats are peeling; the mirrors are de-silvering, and the accessible stall is unusable due to its deplorable state with both the top and bottom of the bench wholly covered in black mold. The old dishwashing sinks at the rear of the building are black with campfire ash, clotted with food particles, decorated with old dish soap bottles and dirty kitchen sponges, and are attended by audiences of spiders who glare at dishwashers from their webs.

When you add to the poor maintenance and apparent lack of cleaning, the fact this is the only Bathhouse in the entire Campground, that hundreds of people must use it every day and that children continuously turn up the showers to flood the place, used toilet paper, feces, mud and feminine products are all over the floor, the sinks are covered with toothpaste and hair, and campers use it as a dumping ground for their campsite trash (an unintended consequence of not having convenient dumpster access), the mess is unbelievable.

Apparently, I am not allowed to tell you about how this Bathhouse really is at length, but believe me, YOU DON'T WANT TO USE IT. Take my word for it--the place is an active biological waste site. As a Pennsylvania resident and retired State Employee, I fully intend to write a letter to Governor Wolf about it.

We've been here since July 25, and the place was just cleaned this afternoon (July 27) at about 4:00 pm. When I went in to check, I found that "the cleaning" consisted primarily of sweeping the floors, wiping the counters, and taking out the three days of accumulated campsite trash. The stench remained. The showers were in the same filthy state as before, with black mold everywhere and rats of shed hair all over the stall floors. This level of filth is awful enough, but it is especially egregious when there is a dangerous worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. I have been a camper for YEARS, and this is, hands down, the absolute worst Bathhouse/Restroom facility I have ever been in. NOT BECAUSE IT IS OLD—BECAUSE IT IS ABSOLUTELY FILTHY!

Frankly, I am thankful that we are in a self-contained RV.

THE W A T E R F A L L S THOUGH, REALLY ARE BEAUTIFUL--HONESTLY, THEY ARE.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 أغسطس 2021
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Mindy b
16 مساهمة
أغسطس 2020
‪The falls are absolutely breathtaking but the paths, forest, and facilities are very poorly maintained. Only one toilet in the women's bathroom was flushable, one was overflowing. Trash was overflowing. Full of flies and smelled horrid. We went on a Sunday afternoon so it was crowded, but still should have been better cared for than it was.‬
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