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    Ricketts Glenn, Pa

    my son and i are going to Ricketts Glen http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/statepar...en.aspx#trails this weekend (4/10-11) has anyone been there before. i'm camping in pet row, but are there trees on the sites. they look like trailer sites in pics. person on phone didn't understand hammocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    my son and i are going to Ricketts Glen http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/statepar...en.aspx#trails this weekend (4/10-11) has anyone been there before. i'm camping in pet row, but are there trees on the sites. they look like trailer sites in pics. person on phone didn't understand hammocks
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    Rickets Glen is noted in central PA for having the most obnoxious and unreasonable park rangers in the State Park system. They have been known to roust tenters in the middle of the night because one corner of the tent was on a grass patch. Avoid alcoholic beverages like the plague in Ricketts glen. The rangers will fine for it as it is prohibited in all state park campgrounds. I have no clue what the attitude about hammocks would be. I suspect it would depend largely on the rangwr involved and how many times he had a fight with his wife.

    The trails and scenery are great. It is a waterfall lovers paradise. Have a good time. I'll probably be unpacking or out somewhere witht he family or I'd be tempted to join you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Rickets Glen is noted in central PA for having the most obnoxious and unreasonable park rangers in the State Park system. They have been known to roust tenters in the middle of the night because one corner of the tent was on a grass patch. Avoid alcoholic beverages like the plague in Ricketts glen. The rangers will fine for it as it is prohibited in all state park campgrounds. I have no clue what the attitude about hammocks would be. I suspect it would depend largely on the rangwr involved and how many times he had a fight with his wife.

    The trails and scenery are great. It is a waterfall lovers paradise. Have a good time. I'll probably be unpacking or out somewhere witht he family or I'd be tempted to join you.
    TY , BUT ARE THERE TREES ON SITES

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    TY , BUT ARE THERE TREES ON SITES
    I've never camped there. But many of the state parks require shelters (tents) to be positioned _on_ the tent pad of packed crushed limestone. So the uswe of a shelter _off_ the tent pad might be problematic. I really don't know. Frankly, there is state forest land nearby which iws where I would camp and make day trips to the park. No camping fee either.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Kayak, I want a trip report please. Me and my GF are heading their the last weekend in April. Ill be on the ground sadly enough bc she likes to cuddle. Ramblinrev thanks for the tips ill keep it in mind bout them rangers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Rickets Glen is noted in central PA for having the most obnoxious and unreasonable park rangers in the State Park system. They have been known to roust tenters in the middle of the night because one corner of the tent was on a grass patch. Avoid alcoholic beverages like the plague in Ricketts glen. The rangers will fine for it as it is prohibited in all state park campgrounds. I have no clue what the attitude about hammocks would be. I suspect it would depend largely on the rangwr involved and how many times he had a fight with his wife.

    The trails and scenery are great. It is a waterfall lovers paradise. Have a good time. I'll probably be unpacking or out somewhere witht he family or I'd be tempted to join you.
    i'm probably going with Ricketts, but if anyone knows of a place to camp within 30 mi. that would be great. the dogs coming also.
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    Trees: depends on which campsite you get.
    I haven't camped there in many years.

    The waterfall trail is often obscenely crowded on
    weekends, so you may want to start early to avoid
    the throng of day visitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    i'm probably going with Ricketts, but if anyone knows of a place to camp within 30 mi. that would be great. the dogs coming also.
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    Most of my maps are packed up atm. But I'll see what I can dig up. As I say, state forest land is free to camp on. Permits may or may not be needed but they are easy to get. Often if you are just setting up for one night at a time you can get away without a permit on the forest land. But I offer no assurances that will work.

    www.dcnr.state.pa.us will taqake you to the partaql where you can access the information on the parks and the porest land.
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    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    We've camped there several times, at spring and fall seasons. I've been in my hammock everytime. I met Miguel there IIRC on one of the camping trips. He was also hanging.

    I can't say I've ever had any problems with the rangers either. They've always been more than helpful to us.

    We stayed on the pet loop one time and the lake loop the other times. Trees everywhere, no problem there. The lake is fantastic for canoeing or kayaking. The Falls trail is always something we do.
    I'd say Ricketts Glen is still one of our favorite SP to go to. Large sites, clean restrooms/showers and never had any trouble hanging.
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    I'v never camped there but i heard from a few ppl that have that it's really nice....and the rangers were helpfull.

    i'm hoping to get up there this summer
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