Raccoon Creek State Park

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Raccoon Creek State Park

Pennsylvania

(724) 899-2200

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Overview

Raccoon Creek State Park has continued to develop from the park's beginning as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s, to one of the largest and most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania. Facilities at the park are a mix from the early Civilian Conservation Corps camp to modern facilities. In addition to recreational areas, there are large tracts of undeveloped land. The 7,572-acre park features the beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake. Many opportunities exist at Raccoon Creek State Park to see a variety of wildlife. When observing wildlife, remember to maintain a safe distance and never feed wild animals. For birders, the Audubon Trail in the Wildflower Reserve is great for warblers. Waterfowl are abundant around Raccoon Lake and Wetland Trail. In winter, it is common to see large flocks of turkeys near the campground and roadside picnic areas. Deer and raccoon are common throughout the park. Most of the larger stream valleys have active beaver, muskrat and mink. In the more remote western side of the park you may encounter the elusive red fox, skunk and opossum. The 314-acre Wildflower Reserve contains one of the most diverse stands of wildflowers in western Pennsylvania. Over 700 species of plants have been identified in the Reserve. Visitors can enjoy the broad range of outdoor recreational activities at Raccoon Creek State Park year-round!

Map of Raccoon Creek (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.516977, -80.422007

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 101-acre Raccoon Lake has two boat launches and 48 mooring spaces. A boat rental has canoes, rowboats and kayaks.

  • Bicycling

    Multi-use trails and roads are for trail biking. A variety of terrain features offer everything from steep and rolling hills to level service roads.

  • Camping

    The 172 modern tent and trailer campsites are open from the second Friday in April to mid-October. The wooded campground offers a selection of secluded or adjoining sites, a playground, five central washhouses with hot showers and a sanitary dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Sioux Rustic campground is open year-round, water and pit-latrines are available. Access is not guaranteed during severe winter storms. The ten modern cabins contain a furnished living area, kitchen/dining area, toilet/shower room and two or three-bedrooms. The cabins have electric heat and are available for rent year-round.

  • Fishing

    The 101-acre Raccoon Lake has bluegill, sunfish, bullhead catfish, yellow perch, walleye, muskellunge, crappie, sauger, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Cold-water fish like brook and rainbow trout are stocked and found both in the lake and in feeder streams.

  • Hiking

    The park offers a wide variety of hiking options to meet the needs of the casual day hiker as well as the overnight backpacker looking for a challenge within a wilderness setting. There are 44 miles of trails to be explored.

  • Historic Sites

    Frankfort Mineral Springs is south of the park office. This once famous resort complex of the late 1800s attracted visitors who believed in the healing qualities of the mineral water. The springs can be viewed by hiking the short Mineral Springs Trail from the parking lot on PA 18.

    King's Creek Cemetery, on the park's southwestern boundary off of PA 168, is the final resting-place of many of the first settlers of the area.

  • Horseback Riding

    Multi-use trails and roads provide horseback riders with an extensive bridle trail system. The equestrian trailhead parking lot is along PA 168 on the western border of the park. Access to the trail system is from the parking lot via the Appaloosa Spur Trail. All equestrian trails are blazed in yellow.

  • Hunting

    Over 6,000 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, grouse, pheasant and squirrel. Early and late goose hunting may occur.

  • Picnicking

    About 400 picnic tables are available throughout the park. All picnic areas have grills, drinking water and restrooms.

  • RVing

    The 172 modern tent and trailer campsites are open from the second Friday in April to mid-October. The wooded campground offers a selection of secluded or adjoining sites, a playground, five central washhouses with hot showers and a sanitary dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

  • Water Sports

    The 500-foot, ADA accessible sand/turf beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset.

  • Winter Sports

    The park is open year-round. Ice fishing and ice skating are permitted on the lake. Sledding is also permitted. There are various wintertime special events. Spectacular ice formations may be seen at the Frankfort Mineral Springs in the winter. Designated roads and trails are open for cross-country skiing.

Directions

Driving

Raccoon Creek State Park is in southern Beaver County. Access the park from the west on US 22 and US 30, or from the north and south on PA 18, which passes directly through the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(724) 899-2200

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