I spent a couple of days in the beautiful Ricketts Glen State Park. The old growth which is hard to find these is superb and brings peace of mind. It’s an amazing place beyond words. I hope you enjoy my photos and as always please leave comments.
Ricketts Glen State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 13,050 acres in Columbia, Luzerne, and Sullivan counties in Pennsylvania in the United States. Ricketts Glen is a National Natural Landmark known for its old-growth forest and 24 named waterfalls along Kitchen Creek, which flows down the Allegheny.
Monumental trees at Ricketts Glen State Park in Red Rock, Pennsylvania, United States
Ricketts Glen is a 13,193 acres (5,280 ha) State Park in Columbia, Luzerne, and Sullivan counties in the state of Pennsylvania. It is a National Natural Landmark, known for its 2000+ acres (810 ha) of Old-Growth and Virgin Forest, and 24 named waterfalls along 2 natural glens in the park.
Some ancient trees located through the Glens and the park are 300-400 years old, and tower to over 120 feet high and 4+ feet in diameter. Deadfalls has been ring-counted to over 900 years old.
HISTORY OF RICKETTS GLEN:
Ricketts Glen is named after colonel R. Bruce Ricketts, who bought 80,000 acres of Virgin Forest located in the Red Rock Mountain area in the 1870s and 1860s. Ricketts, seeing the beauty of the area, built a Hotel north of Lake Jean in the 1880s. Interestingly, the 24 waterfalls along Kitchen Creek were not discovered until 1865 by two fishermen. So, in the 1880s, Ricketts hired stone masons to build the Waterfalls Trail along Lehigh Glen and Ganoga Glen.
Most of Rickett’s 80,000 acres of land were logged and lumbered from 1890 to 1913, but although he made his fortune clearcutting almost all of that land, he preserved about 2,000+ acres (810 ha) of virgin forest along Kitchen Creek.
According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricketts_Glen_State_Park: