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Camping at Ricketts Glen State Park allows you to fully experience the beauty of this 13,000-acre park home to more than 20 waterfalls. Ganoga Falls, the park's highest waterfall at 94 feet, is just one of the many cascades you'll discover while visiting the park. Ricketts Glen State Park harbors the Glens Natural Area, which is a National Natural Landmark and a must-see. Book an RV in Luzerne County and drive over to the park for a weekend getaway.
This state park is convenient to both urban areas and cozy communities. The borough of Benton is just minutes from Ricketts Glen State Park, or you can head into Jamison City for your RV camping needs. Take some time to explore Scranton before picking up your RV and heading an hour west to Ricketts Glen.
RV camping at Ricketts Glen State Park allows you to recharge your batteries and commune with nature. More than 25 miles of hiking trails suitable for all fitness levels wind through the park. Only experienced hikers should attempt the Falls Trail due to its steep ascents and wet conditions. Beginner hikers can tackle the Beach Trail, just under a mile long and easily accessible from both of the park's campgrounds.
Ricketts Glen State Park isn't just a summer destination. Motorhome camping is available year-round, so winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities when the snow falls and the temperatures dip. Cross-country skiing is a popular pastime when snow covers the hiking trails. Snowmobiles are also permitted when deer hunting season ends.
Hunters flock to Ricketts Glen State Park during various seasons and enjoy hunting in the 10,144-acre designated hunting area. State game lands also surround the park where hunters can bag some big and small game. Dog training for hunting is permitted in designated hunting areas. The Pennsylvania Game Commission issues hunting licenses, and hunters are expected to adhere to all rules and regulations set by the commission.
State park RV campgrounds are a great place to spend a weekend or even an entire week. The Ricketts Glen State Park campground is more modern than some, offering 120 sites for tent and RV campers as well as standard amenities. Hot showers and flush toilets are available within walking distance of each campsite. Many of the gravel campsites are shaded. Your pets are welcome at the campgrounds for an additional fee. A sanitary dump station is also available near the campground entrance.
In case Ricketts Glen State Park's campground is full when you arrive, Red Rock Mountain Campground is only a few minutes from the park. This campground features full RV hookups, as well as picnic tables, grills, and a bathhouse.
Camping with an RV at the Whispering Pines Camping Estates also offers a relaxing experience. Located in the Red Rock Mountains and only a short drive from Ricketts Glen State Park, Whispering Pines Camping Estates offers private, well-maintained campsites with a fire ring and picnic table. Many of the campsites have Wi-Fi and full hookups.
When visiting Ricketts Glen State Park, take a day and drive an hour south to Elysburg to visit Knoebels Amusement Resort. Children and adults can spend the day at this fun amusement park riding roller coasters, playing golf, swimming, and so much more.
If you're looking for more outdoor adventure, drive 40 minutes northwest to Worlds End State Park, just south of Forksville. This state park is located in an S-shaped valley and is surrounded by the Loyalsock State Forest. Explore the hiking trails that wind throughout the 780-acre park. RV camping at Worlds End State Park is allowed, so stay for a night before heading back to Ricketts Glen State Park.
Head about an hour east to Scranton to visit the Electric City Aquarium and Reptile Den, where you can learn about animals from the sea and land. Conservation is the goal of the aquarium, which hosts many educational programs for children and adults. You can view numerous fish species as well as reptiles at the aquarium and reptile den, making it a great place to spend a few hours or the entire day.
When your RV camping trip at Ricketts Glen State Park has run its course, drive over to the quaint locale of Benton to refuel your rental RV, stock up on supplies, and grab a bite to eat. Both I-476 and I-81 are a short drive east of Ricketts Glen State Park, making it easy to continue your Pennsylvania road trip.