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Adams Falls - Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania

Photo by Ben Prepelka

     East of the town of Red Rock lies a rare section of Pennsylvania's old growth forest. Here among a forested series of rugged mountain ridges and Ricketts Glen's twin gorges visitors will find one of the state's most popular recreational venues, the Glens Natural Area. Here in this old growth forest are magnificent white pine, hemlock and oak tree species, estimated at 900 years old. While hiking trails are interspersed throughout Ricketts Glen State Park, the area also offers an official Audubon Susquehanna River Birding and Wildlife Trail, camping sites, 10,000 acres for hunting, sites for horseback riding and picnicking, and the 245 acre Lake Jean; perfect for boating, swimming and fishing. Without a doubt, the main features of the park are the sights along the Falls Trail. Twin branches of Kitchen Creek have sliced deep gorges through the Glens Natural Area and created one of the most scenic areas in northeastern Pennsylvania. Twenty-four named waterfalls grace Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh, ranging from 15 to 94 feet. Although the Falls Trail is quite rugged and lengthy, it is the most popular of all the 14 park trails.
     Where the waters meet, both branches of Kitchen Creek join together and continue on through Ricketts Glen. Nearby the lower park access point, casual park visitors will find the easy Evergreen Trail. Here Adams Falls, a 36 foot cascade, will surely stir more interest to explore the waterfalls on the Falls Trail.

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