Ricketts Glen State Park is a Pennsylvania state park and American
National Natural Landmark on 13,050 acres (5,280 ha) in Columbia,
Luzerne, and Sullivan counties. The park has 24 named waterfalls along
Kitchen Creek, as it flows down the Allegheny Front escarpment over four
rock formations from the Devonian and Carboniferous periods. The
earliest recorded inhabitants of the larger watershed were the
Susquehannocks. The park is named for R. Bruce Ricketts, who built the
trail along the waterfalls and operated a hotel there from 1873 to 1903.
Ricketts made his fortune clearcutting much of what is now the park, but
preserved about 2,000 acres (810 ha) of old-growth forest in its three
glens. The park opened in 1944. The Benton Air Force Station, a Cold War
radar installation in the park, operated from 1951 to 1975 and still
serves as airport radar for nearby Wilkes-Barre and as the Red Rock Job
Corps Center. The park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals
and was named an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. The
state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources named it one
of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricketts_Glen_State_Park>
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