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Hiking Pennsylvania: the Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park

Sometimes, things not going as expected can be great. My husband and I planned an overnight on the Black Forest Trail late last month, and the weather called for 35-45º temperatures with non-stop rain on the first day. We packed up, hit the trail, and after five miles, we made the mutual decision to bail; it was just too cold and wet to make it any type of fun to spend a night in the woods.

After we got back to our car, we spent a few hours licking our wounds at the New Trail Brewing Company (highly recommended), and found a bed and breakfast to stay at that would give us a chance to visit a trail system that will always have a special place in my heart the following day.


Ricketts Glen State Park is home to a National Natural Landmark, wild waterfalls, old growth timber, and diverse wildlife. It's also one of the first places I hiked when I moved to Philadelphia, and the 2.5h drive makes it a tough day trip. But we were already far from home thanks to our planned Black Forest adven…

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