Families spend Memorial at Ricketts Glen State Park


(WBRE/ WYOU)- It was perfect weather to spend the holiday outside.

“I’ve been swimming and playing in the sand,” Aubree Ross of Tunkhannock said.

Families from all over northeastern and central Pennsylvania flocked to Ricketts Glen State Park to have some fun in the sun this Memorial Day.

“Just come up and spend some time here. And you’re going to love it,” Dan Jones of Coal Township said.

Ricketts Glen is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Whether you’re hiking to see waterfalls, roasting some corn for a picnic with the family or letting the kids burn off steam at the beach, this state park has a little something for everyone.

Sarah derr, park ranger one
“We bring in almost half a million visitors a year. And it’s just a special place with old growth hemlock forest and all the waterfalls in one area. That is pretty hard to find,” Sarah Derr, park ranger one of Ricketts Glen State Park said.

The park officially opened for recreational use in 1944. It spreads over 13 thousand acres in 3 counties.  Many families spent the day enjoying each others company and taking in the great outdoors.

“This is where you really get to enjoy nature and get to see the love and the community come together and just enjoy what we have here,” Elijah Campos of Harrisburg said.

While Dan Jones had some fun playing volleyball with his family and friends, he also remembers the real reason for this holiday

“I am really thankful for our military and the people that do what they do every day, people that gave their lives so that we can come here and enjoy things like this,” Jones said.

Ricketts Glen will have special programs throughout the summer with guest speakers to celebrate the 75th anniversary. 

If you would like to keep up with those summer programs, here or their facebook page.

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