Ricketts Glen State Park

During one of our days in Eagles Mere last week, we took a little road trip to Ricketts Glen State Park. The park has about 26 miles of hiking trails, and we did the pretty rigorous Falls Trail. There were 10 of us total, including my stepsister Kristen with her 3 and 4 year old kids and newborn baby. They went about halfway down, at which point we all stopped for lunch, then my stepmom accompanied them back to the top of the mountain. They drove the car and met those of us who hiked the rest of the way down. I’m honestly not sure which of us took the more difficult route, but I was so relieved we didn’t have to hike back up at the end!

The trail is very well cleared and marked, but you’re hiking along a stream that feeds a series of stunning waterfalls, so there are lots of places to venture off the trail if you want to. Here’s Andy in his trusty adventure hat.

To be honest, I’m not really an outdoorsy person. However, I do enjoy a good adventure in a (relatively) controlled environment. One of the things that most impressed me about this hike is the way the trail progresses. When you start going down the mountain, the trail is fairly steep, and it takes a while to get to the first “waterfall.”

My parents had been raving about this hike since they’d done part of it last summer, and when I saw this first little waterfall I thought to myself, wow, they really talked this up way too much. But we persevered, and the falls just got better and better.

Until the next thing we knew, we were standing above these massive drop-offs. You’d look down over the water, then carefully pick your way down the mountain beside it and view it from the bottom.

I like this next photo because my sister looks so tiny standing next to this massive waterfall. It really gives some perspective to the majesty of this place.

I think this broad waterfall was my favorite. I just wanted to jump right in to the pool at the bottom of it.

I guess I always thought of waterfalls belonging in tropical places. Who knew there were far more impressive ones waiting for me in the mountains of Pennsylvania? Andy and I went to Kauai last year for our honeymoon, and (while it was a spectacular place) we didn’t see any falls that came close to those at Ricketts Glen.

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