This page was created to help share knowledge, links and images pertaining to Ricketts Glen State Park. Disclaimer: We're not affiliated with Ricketts Glen or the Pennsylvania DCNR in any way. Please visit those sites for advisories, maps, etc.
I recently started a RGSP blog as a companion to this web page. From time to time, I'll post about our exploits at: rickettsglen.wordpress.com
It wasn't until we became interested in digital photography in the late 1990s / early 2000s that we devoted more time to visiting this natural treasure. We each started out with simple Point & Shoot cameras and have graduated to using dSLRs with a whole series of photography gear.
In more recent years, we have attended visits with a number of Waterfall enthusiasts, Hikers, Photo Clubs and Friends. You can find us on a few social media communities, such as: Flickr, Facebook, RedBubble and Panoramio.
Rickett's Glen honors Colonel Robert Bruce Ricketts. Ricketts enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in 1861. He eventually led Battery F during the Battle of Gettysburg. The rank of Colonel was awarded to Ricketts upon his discharge. A picture of Colonel Ricketts hangs on the park office wall.
Colonel Ricketts at one time owned outright or controlled over 80,000 acres of land in this area. His heirs, through the Central Penn Lumber Company, sold 48,000 acres to the Pennsylvania Game Commission from 1920-24. This left them with over 12,000 acres surrounding the Ganoga Lake, Lake Jean and Glen area.
Although the area was approved as a national park site in the 1930s, World War II brought an end to this plan for development, and in 1942 the heirs sold 1,261 acres, the Falls and Glen area, to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a state park. Additional purchases from Colonel Rickett's son, William Ricketts, in 1943 and 1949 resulted in a park nucleus of approximately 10,000 acres of former Ricketts holdings. Additional purchases from other individuals have brought the park to its present size. Recreational facilities were first opened in 1944.Ricketts Family History