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Old 03-28-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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Did a hike through Ricketts Glen with my boyfriend about 5 years ago. Meh. Lots of waterfalls but most aren't too impressive. The one that is requires quite a hike to get to. The trail that passes most of the waterfalls is very dangerous in parts - high rocky cliffs w/o guard rails or anything to keep you from falling. There are warning signs re: this at most entries to the trail.

Also been to Hickory Run. Again, meh. The most interesting part is the boulder field. Unfortunately, the last time I was there, people had really begun to graffiti on the boulders and it looked horrible.

Been around Delaware Canal. The area is interesting (especially New Hope, PA), but not so much the park itself IMO.

I really want to see Black Moshannon and Presque Isle.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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Ricketts Glen - meh? Yikes. As a person who has seen the mother of all falls in the US (Niagara) I was still highly impressed with the natural beauty of Ricketts Glen SP. Are you comparing our SP with the likes of Victoria Falls? LOL
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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Ricketts Glen - meh? Yikes. As a person who has seen the mother of all falls in the US (Niagara) I was still highly impressed with the natural beauty of Ricketts Glen SP. Are you comparing our SP with the likes of Victoria Falls? LOL
Well, Ricketts Glen was considered for National Park status once...and there's a reason it didn't make it.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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Well, Ricketts Glen was considered for National Park status once...and there's a reason it didn't make it.
And? It's still a beautiful area, no matter if it's a national park, state park or nothing at all.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Well, Ricketts Glen was considered for National Park status once...and there's a reason it didn't make it.
"Plans to make Ricketts Glen a national park in the 1930s were ended by budget issues and the Second World War"

Ricketts Glen State Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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"Plans to make Ricketts Glen a national park in the 1930s were ended by budget issues and the Second World War"

Ricketts Glen State Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
LOL!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:15 PM
 
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Default McConnell's Mills is Tops in my book

But my book is thin!

I have only seen a handful, but if you have not been to McConnell's Mills, it is well worth the trip. About an hour north of Pittsburgh, the Mill is set in a deep gorge with absolutely stunning scenery at all times of the year. The old mill has been fully restored and is the center of attraction, but only by a little. There is water everywhere (!), coming off the gorge walls in trickles and nice flows (depending on the season and rainfall).

Trails are not plentiful, but quality makes up for quantity! Alpha Trail and Hell's Hollow are my two favorites.

Two that didn't make the cut that are very nice (imho): Moraine and Clear Creek. Moraine has one of the best bike paths around, great hiking and animal spotting, and a terrific Regatta every summer. Clear Creek is in Jefferson County and has access to the Clarion River 10 miles upstream from Cook Forest. I think that Clear Creek is nicer than Cook Forest: trails are good, scenery is better, I like the campground and creek better. And for canoe-ers and and kayakers, Clear Creek offers a couple campsites for 'thru-boaters' only... definitely worth checking out.

Happy exploring!
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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I have only seen a handful, but if you have not been to McConnell's Mills, it is well worth the trip.
Isn't it McConnell's Mill?

Did they add another Mill?
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Come on!
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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Rickett's Glenn is incredible. More of an oasis than state park. You can hike up the plateau and see 18 waterfalls. You can also cross country ski it in winter if you dare! Take sturdy hiking boots, you will need the them. What a wonderful place that I have visited many, many times.
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