Ricketts Glen State Park
“Ricketts Glen harbors Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. Take the Falls Trail and 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 scenic area. Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. This large park is comprised of 13,050 acres in Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties.”
We arrived here late in the afternoon and checked out the trail. It became obvious that it would not be done in one day. We photographers tend to tarry way too long at individual site to make it through 22 falls in one day, even if it had been on flat ground, which it wasn’t, and not by a long shot. The ticket was to park a car at the bottom of the trail and then drive another to the top to hike downhill. Doing this trail uphill would be fun, but not prudent for timely execution.
The trail is not tough, but does require some dexterity. The way is paved with a series of stone stairs, not evenly spaced and root and dirt steps to navigate to each falls. An OSHA inspector would have a field day here with the stair risers. (Just sayin’, you need to be careful, but it’s not that hard).
We didn’t get to see all the falls as we only had one day. Photographically speaking, it was a blow out. Lots of sun peeking through the trees, so not the best for photographing waterfalls. Even HDR was a problem with the variations in highlight and shadow.
Here’s a few of the best shots, and the rest are here.