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A Gift From Nature

Tuscarora Falls

I’m standing at the landing with my camera in hand, reveling in the cool, refreshing mist as it hits my already damp skin. It was quite a hike to get to this point and, oh, so worth it. The cold, clear water tumbling over the cliff’s edge looks like an icy ribbon before it explodes onto the rocks below. The explosion has created this refreshing mist. I just stare at the waterLovely Waterfallfall in awe, and I feel lucky to have the chance to stand where I’m standing right now! I dream of falling asleep in this place. Surely it would offer the best night’s sleep I have ever experienced! This gift from God soothes and replenishes like no other elixir.

This waterfall is one of more than 20 my husband and I encountered on a day trip to Ricketts Glen State Park, located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. We were on the Falls Trail that day. Although the trail is relatively short (approximately 3 miles in length), it is classified as difficult because of the elevation changes and wet slippery rocks – the rewards are worth all the effort.

I have never experienced this many spectacular waterfalls so close together. We are planning another trip in the fall. I’m sure when the leaves start turning to all shades of red, orange and yellow, the resulting frame they create around these falls will be breathtaking!

Ricketts Glen State Park has many miles of additional trails. If you are ever in northeast Pennsylvania near Bloomsburg, I highly recommend this detour. Take a hike and you won’t be disappointed.

 Lori Dunn is a freelance photographer specializing in rural subjects and nature. Contact her at