NB: You must contact Mike ([masked]) directly and pay the $25 cost to reserve. Reservations are by tent; each tent may be up to 4x8' and may hold one or two people. RSVP'ing on MeetUp does not make a reservation.
Known for its old-growth forest and over two dozen waterfalls—the tallest is 94 feet—Rickett’s Glenn State Park is one of the most beautiful and interesting hiking venue in the mid-Atlantic region, especially during the fall foliage season. We will car camp there for two nights (Columbus Day weekend) on the shore of beautiful Lake Jean, about four hours from the DC area, and the fall colors should be spectacular. We will cover about half of the park’s 26 miles of hiking trails during our stay, including the Falls Trail Loop, considered one of the best hikes in the US, with over 20 beautiful falls! The hikes will be moderate to almost strenuous (2.5 - 3.5 blisters).
From Wikipedia: “A registered National Natural Landmark since 1969, the Glens Natural Area is the main scenic attraction in the park and covers 2,845 acres. Among perhaps 2,000 acres of old-growth forest, two branches of Kitchen Creek cut through the deep gorges of Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh and unite at Waters Meet; then flow through Ricketts Glen. These old trees are commonly up to 100’ tall, with diameters of almost 4’. The park has a great variety of trees as it lies at the boundary between the northern and southern types of hardwoods.”
Required camping equipment: You must have a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. (You may also rent or borrow that stuff.) The tent must be a 1 or 2-person tent, up to about 4x8’. If the tent is larger, it will be counted as two tents. You will not need to carry this since you can drive up to the camp site. You will not need a backpack, just a day pack.
Cost & Reservations: The camping cost per tent (1 or 2 people) is $25 for the two nights; all other costs (food, travel) are your responsibility. You must contact Mike ([masked]) directly to reserve. Full payment is required to reserve. We have seven lake-side camping sites that can accept two tents each (i.e., 2–4 people per site). So the trip is limited to 14 tents, or about 22 people, depending on tent occupancy.
Food: You will need two bag lunches and two camp breakfasts. Dinners can be at the campsite or in town. We'll be there from about 3 pm Sat to 3 pm Mon.
Other information: Bathrooms and showers are available at the campground. You must have hiking boots.