Boasting 22 named waterfalls amid old-growth forest and deeply-incised canyons, Rickett’s Glen State Park encompasses more than 13,000 acres around a high bluff known as the Allegheny Front. On top of the bluff, several lakes—Lake Jean being the largest—are the source of the many creeks that tumble down the canyons and create the spectacular falls. The area was mostly logged out in the early 1900s by the landowner, R. Bruce Ricketts, before he decided to preserve the woodlands in the falls’ three glens. Following efforts to turn the area into a national park in the 1930s failed, he began selling the land to the state of Pennsylvania, who turned the area into a state park in 1944. The park is now a year-round destination for camping, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, paddling, skiing and ice climbing.
Just an hour’s drive west of Scranton, the campground at Rickett’s Glen offers 120 drive-in campsites in two areas near the shore of Lake Jean. Sites can accommodate trailers and RVs up to 40 feet; some sites are ADA accessible, and a few group camps are available. Hookups are not available, but there is a dump station outside the camping area. Facilities in the campgrounds include restrooms with showers, drinking water, an amphitheater, a trail to the lake’s beach, and a designated dog area. The Big Loop campground also has five deluxe cottages available to rent. In a separate area, there are 10 cabins available, as well as a boat ramp (rentals available) and snack bar. Campsite rates range from $15–$20/night; cabins and cottages range from $60–$115/night.
The most popular activity at Rickett’s Glen is to hike through the three waterfall glens. This can be done via several looping trails ranging from 3.4 miles to 7.2 miles. Two trailheads are located above the falls, from the lakes area, and one is located below the falls, from PA Route 118. Other summer activities in the park include paddling and fishing on Lake Jean, or just soaking up the sun at the beach. An onsite naturalist offers guided walks, nature activities and interpretive programs. There are also limited hunting opportunities. If visiting during the winter season, many of the trails are open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Ice fishing is popular, as is ice climbing on the waterfalls. Check the park’s website for off-season services, accessibility, and ice climbing requirements.
Great time camping despite the rain. We stayed in the big loop for the first time, normally we stay in the small loop, but it was just as good.
First if you have a pet your sites are limited to the pet loop which we has in, site are single car parking and any other car must be parked in a wooded parking area a bit sketchy but no issues, sites are small two tents or one big tent, campground is kept very clean and bathrooms where very clean as well, it offers great trails to the Glenn they are well maintained and kept. Trails are good even for novice hikers. One bad thing was when we stayed there’s was a power outage leaving us with no hot showers..
Trails & waterfalls can't be beating. Definitely the best.
There is quite a lot of hiking available, as well as great views. A lot of vertical hiking as well as a lot of steps. Be prepared to stop several times to either take a break or allow others to pass on the narrow walkways. Not very pet-friendly because of being so close to cliffsides.
Amazing waterfall trails! At the top is Lake Jean which is a great place to spend the day in the summer! Beach is clean!
Walking distance to the falls trail, nice spacious and private campsites. I highly recommend.
Great hiking! There are various trails for all skill levels, and pets are welcome!
such an amazing and beautiful hike! with several waterfalls and such a great atmosphere. only downfall for me, personally, was the restrooms near the parking to enter the trail. We’re super dirty!!!! Just no toilet paper, trash was over flowing and so on! But otherwise this place was great!!!! really would recommend maps at the trails entrance.
the hike is definitely not for the easily winded people, or anyone with bad knees, the hike down was pretty steep at some points but very well maintained! and the hike back up was again steep but maintained! and you got different falls to look at both ways, I believe there are around 17 waterfalls there? all very beautiful. would definitely recommend! if you can’t get a campsite here though because it books up fast I’d suggest worlds end state park, 20 min away! you can check out my review for that one as well :)
we had a wonderful experience. drove our car right up to our site, had a ton of space to set up. a nice picnic bench and fire pit was there and we were sure 61 so the lake was 100 yards from all of this. the weather was perfect but we arrived at 3, went for a little hike, came back to set up dinner by the fire and it was all so easy to navigate. Our camp host did an awesome job explaInIng the map as well. in the morning with breakfast by the fire and the lake background was perfect. then we packed up and drove to park by the entrance where the day hikers park to do the waterfall hike route. that took us about 2 1/2 hours while taking our time