The Closing of Glen Onoko

Photos of waterfalls in various state parks have me inspired to venture along trails and take in these spectacular sites for myself. A few are within a short driving distance from where I live, including the falls at Ridley Creek State Park.

Lately, I’ve been awaiting the chance to explore more of my home state of Pennsylvania, for starters, to follow waterfall trails. I first
heard about Glen Onoko through a Facebook group page, where many members shared their photos of waterfalls. Right away, the hiking
destination became a must-see place in my home state. As a bonus, it’s on the way from my town to Ricketts Glen State Park, which I’ve been wanting to go back to for so long. My first and only visit there was during high school, when a few teachers arranged a winter camping trip for those of us in an outdoor adventure club. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos from that experience. Anyway, the combo of two places would make for an amazing road trip through natural beauty. I’ve been wondering if there are any spots that allow for views of waterfalls from where people can set up tents.

Then last month, I began to see posts on Facebook about Glen Onoko closing on May 1, along with a petition against doing so. From various comment threads, the decision to close was due to unsafe trail conditions. Having never been there myself, I don’t know any detail about the terrain in getting to the waterfalls. Now that the falls trail is closed, I hope that it can reopen sometime in the future.
Many who have been there would love the chance to go back; others like myself await a first time to take in the trail’s beauty.

Until then, I need to get more gear for such adventures anywhere. This past winter, I purchased a pair of hiking boots, although they might not be the best for an all-out hike.

Since there are plenty of park trails I haven’t been on, as well as not trekking through Ricketts Glen in years, I want to have the safest footwear and other essential items. I heard about the opportunity to hike Glen Onoko and see the waterfalls, scheduled within the last few days before closing. I would’ve signed up, yet simply didn’t feel I had the right boots and
lacked anything else needed.

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at - and my literary blog at
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