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COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 1/19/2021:  Effective Sunday December 6, 2020

  • All in-person programs are canceled until at least March 31st.

  • This cancelation includes all State Park and Forestry hosted events and festivals.

  • Virtual and self-guided programs will be offered.  Check the calendar of events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ for scheduled programs.

Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least March 31, 2021:

  • Visitor centers exhibit halls and interpretive areas will be closed

Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors

  • The PA Department of Health aligned its quarantine guidance for people exposed to COVID-19 with the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This guidance provides an option for a 10-day quarantine without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day-five of quarantine.

  • If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania.

  • The incubation period for COVID-19 remains at 14 days and it is still most protective to quarantine for the full two weeks. However, the CDC has affirmed that quarantine can end after 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms, or after seven days if the person tests negative and has no symptoms.

  • This does not change the need for Pennsylvanians to continue to wear masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, and social distance. These efforts must continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.     If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

We require guests to cancel if they are unable to honor the order.  The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.

If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

Falls Trail Winter Closure: The Falls Trail system is now closed for the winter season. Experienced ice climbers and ice hikers may still access the trail as long as they have the required minimum safety gear (Ice Crampons, Ice Axe, Rope) and they sign or call in/out with the park office.

Caution: Please be advised that hunting season is open and permitted in designated areas within state parks.  For your protection, all visitors should take proper precautions such as wearing a fluorescent orange vest and hat while recreating in areas of the park that are open to hunting during your visit.  If you have questions please contact the park office.

SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. This large park is comprised of 13,193 acres in Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia 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.

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

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at sunset.

The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

Reservations

Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.

This map shows the park in Pennsylvania. 

Directions

The park is 30 miles north of Bloomsburg on PA 487.

The section of PA 487 from the town of Red Rock to the Lake Jean area of the park is a very steep road. Heavy trailer units should avoid this hill and enter the park by taking PA 487 south from Dushore.

GPS DD: Lat. 41.33517  Long. -76.30153

This circular map shows the roads near the park. 

Top 10 Activities to Do at Ricketts Glen State Park

  1. Hike the Falls Trail System. Wear proper footwear. Sandals are prohibited.
  2. Cool off on a hot summer day with a swim at the beach on Lake Jean and grab an ice cream at the concession.
  3. Spend a winter weekend in one of the modern cabins.
  4. Camp overnight in the campground. Scouts and other groups can try the rustic Organized Group Tent Campground.
  5. Explore the waters of Lake Jean via boat. Boat rentals are available during the summer.
  6. Enjoy fishing on Lake Jean through all seasons. Ice fishing is popular from November through March.
  7. Have a picnic by Lake Jean.
  8. Visit the park in winter to snowmobile, cross-country ski, and snowshoe.
  9. Enjoy 10,287 acres of hunting within the state park and additional acres in the surrounding state game lands.
  10. Enjoy the view from the Grand View Trail, especially in mid-June when the mountain laurel blooms.

How to Access the Waterfalls

Twenty-one waterfalls are along the Falls Trail within the Glens Natural Area, while one (Adams) is only a few hundred feet from the Evergreen Parking Lot off PA 118.

There are three parking areas that provide access to the Falls Trail:

  1. Lake Rose Trailhead is at the end of the road across from the campground and provides the closest access (5-10 minutes), but fills up quickly during peak times.

  2. Beach Parking Lot #2 is at the end of the main park road. Leave the lot and walk down the trail adjacent to the Cabin Road (first road just outside of the lot), past a park gate, and onto a section of trail to the first intersection where you go right (15-20 minute access).

  3. The parking lots on PA 118 are 1.5 miles from the first waterfall upstream on the Falls Trail, but allow a good view of old growth trees.

The full loop of the Falls Trail is 7.2 miles if hiking both the upper and lower sections. To see most of the waterfalls, a 3.2-mile loop can be taken by going on Highland Trail and the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail.

The Glens Natural Area Enlargement Map (PDF) ​of the Glens Natural Area shows the Falls Trail in detail.

Food and Refreshment Concession

The snack bar is in the park’s Beach Area. The concession can be accessed by Parking Lot #1 or Parking Lot #2 off of Main Park Road off of PA 487, 3.7 miles north of the town of Red Rock.

The concession serves a variety of hot sandwiches, cold and hot beverages, ice cream, candy, snack food, and ice.

The concession is open (weather permitting) from Memorial Day through Labor day, seven days-a-week, from 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Learn, Experience, Connect

Natural wetlands, old growth forests, and majestic geological formations (which helped produce 22 beautiful waterfalls), make Ricketts Glen an excellent choice for outdoor studies.

From March to November, the environmental education specialist conducts hands-on activities, guided walks, and presentations on the natural and historical resources for school groups, scouts, civic organizations, and the general public.

Call in advance to set up a program to enhance classroom or group studies. Campers and visitors may check the bulletin boards and at the park office for listings of weekend programs and nature hikes.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact an employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
549 Fair Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-387-2100

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