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Review of Ricketts Glen State Park Campground

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Ricketts Glen State Park Campground
1 review
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“Perfect place for a sunny weekend!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

Went there twice, once in summer, I was shocked! Perfect place escaping from hot crowd city! All of us enjoyed the hiking along river/waterfalls. Then in Oct. I went again. Totally different experience. Beautiful colors! But be careful, some place could be slippery.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We brought a group of boys to the group campsite at Ricketts Glen but unfortunately will not be returning. First for the good... The park is awesome and the campground easily met our needs. The bad... The Park Ranges in this park are nothing like any I have experience in any other PA State Park. They were aggressive, unprofessional and acted in an absolutely unnecessarily over the top.

I should have known when we scouted out the site in late summer. We pulled in to the Group Campsite with our kids to look at the site. Our welcoming party has a Park Range who approached us with his hand on our holster asking us while we were there. Once explaining what we were doing he said well you still can't be here...

We stayed two nights at the campground and got more of the same treatment from the Park Ranger. They were consistently highly agitated as when they stopped by enforcing the five car max per site limit. I can understand enforcing parking, even if seams a bit arbitrary, but there is no reason to be unprofessional. There should be no place for Park Rangers who attempt to through their weight around just because they think they can.

Because of the over aggressive unprofessional Ranger dept we will be passing on returning to this park with our group of boys. There are plenty of other parks to visit in the Commonwealth.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

This is a beautiful campground, and the majority of the sites are quite roomy and wooded. We definitely recommend a lakeside site. We were four families, and booked sites 20, 27, 29 & 31, which were adjacent to one another. 20 was the largest, but 29 had the best view of the lake. Only 1 site had a grate for cooking over the fire ring, so bring your own to be sure. The Falls Trail hike was stunning, but we would NOT recommend it for anyone who isn't in shape, or has knee issues. It took our group of hikers(who ranged in age from 9-52)about 2 1/2 hours, with quite a few stops for photo opps, as well as water breaks, which are a MUST.

Our bathrooms were quite clean(they close them for cleaning 2 times a day,) but the hot water was not in abundance during any of our showers!

The Park Ranger who checked us in was not very welcoming, which turned out to be indicative of his personality each and every time he came to pay us a visit. They are quite strict about the 1 car per site rule, and even though it was raining out, friends of ours at a distant campsite in the dog-friendly section of the smaller loop, had to return their car to their site, and walk back over in the rain(we gave them a ride back later in the night!) They are also quite strict about the quiet hours from 9PM to 8AM. 9PM seems way to early on Friday and Saturday nights to be asked to be silent!

With regard to the no alcohol policy, the ranger came to our site one night, and used his flashlight to look over our picnic table, but never asked what was in our cups, so it's safe to say that you'll be fine so long as you don't advertise it or act irresponsibly!

On a beauty scale we'd give this camp 5 stars, but because this is a state park, it came with too many restrictions, and we wouldn't recommend it to large groups of campers who actually like to speak to one another around a campfire at night!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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North East, Maryland
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

My wife and I dry camped at this state park in early August of 2013. We took our dog and we all had a wonderful time. The campsite was level and clean and just the right size. Camp rangers were attentive. We really enjoyed hiking the numerous trails and seeing all the waterfalls. On this particular weekend the campground was packed. The only problem we had was the fact that numerous other campers did not supervise their young children who roamed the park like an obnoxious gang. If your looking for peace and quiet this may not be the park for you.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Esteen_61
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New York City, New York
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51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

RG campground is lovely. We stayed in the small loop for tents and we happened to be across from the restroom facility (w/potable water). The site was on a bit of an incline but it was fully shaded! Nice bonus since we were seeking refuge from the heat wave in NYC. Not aa noisy loop -for all wee children seemed to be asleep by 9pm abd not "kid noisy" until about 9am. Well kept campground, lovely staff. Upon arrival ensure the fire pit has a grill if you intend on using it to cook - not every pit had one. There were none at maintenance shed, so we had permission to poach one from an empty campsite. Went mid week and left on a Friday thus making fir a quiet stay. 245 acre Lake Jean has various watercraft for rent, no gas motors - all electric! No noise or oily sheen on the water. Superb little beach and warm water for swimming. Excellent spot for families with small children. Hiking the waterfall loop is amazing! Well maintained trails and very clean. Cool geological formations to be seen. 3 hr drive from NYC. So worth it!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Reedsville, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

We just got back from camping at the Ricketts Glen Campground. We were in campsite 59. The location is GREAT being inside the park and close to the hiking and beach. We had a lake access site, which ended up being pretty neat. The site was private enough, but you could still definitely see your neighbors. There are big trees throughout all of the whole campgrounds as well. It was pretty full this weekend, but not too noisy and we were still able to fully relax.

We didn't bring a boat of any sort, but we did rent kayaks and were able to find the access to our campsite from the lake, so that was neat. We may even buy kayaks now!!

Campground bathrooms weren't the best, but definitely not the worst either. It rained Friday night, so it's hard to keep it clean with everyone tracking stuff in and out. Lots of people drying their hair and things in the bathroom area, but you'll have that at any campground.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. I would recommend the lake access sites, if possible - they seem to provide more privacy than others. There were tons of pets in the "pet" part of the campground, so watch out for that if you don't want barking dogs. There were definitely some campsites that we would not have preferred to have...but it's hard to know without seeing them!!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Shannon N
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Columbus, New Jersey
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Had an urge to go camping and had my eye on this place for a while. Here's the rundown:

HIKING: best ive seen! The waterfalls are breathtaking. Will definitely be going back to try more trails. People say the falls trail is "very difficult" but i am a 37 yr old out of shape smoker and i managed just fine with my 6 yr old daughter.

CAMPSITE: not as private as i hoped. Sites are very close together. The water access sites BARELY have water access. Other campers were courteous.

STAFF: i read numerous reports about the rangers being very strict, especially with alcohol. I did not witness this. Being 4th of july weekend could have had something to do with it, but you could easily have done whatever you wanted as long as you gave a family friendly appearance. Many campsites had people up and talking well past 10 pm (quiet time starts at 9).

AMENITIES: beach/swimming is great and nice added thing to do while camping. Boat rentals were a bit pricey but a fantastic resource for the casual fisherman. Fishing was good. The main reason to come is the hiking trails though,

BATHROOMS: some reviews made them out to be really clean, they are not. Most are typical campsite bathrooms and the ones at the beach were VERY foul!

STAFF: rangers were not nearly as bad as other reviews said. No one sniffed my drink. No one looked in my tent/or cooler. I saw them drive by 3 or 4 times but they just waved and never stopped. When leaving though, i asked if we could look at a cabin because we were interested in renting one on our next trip. Young female ranger in the office said no and was pretty rude. Oh well.

WORD TO THE WISE: bring a backpack of bottled water on your hike. Falls trail can take 5 or 6 hours and we saw tons of sweaty people leaving the trails looking worse for the wear. None of them brought water...duh!
AND, mix your "drinks" in a soda can, NOT a red plastic cup (which is a dead giveaway)

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Cliff K
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Property: Ricketts Glen State Park Campground
Address: Benton, PA 17814
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Benton
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Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Benton
Number of rooms: 120
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