Clear Creek State Park

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Clear Creek State Park

Pennsylvania

(814) 752-2368

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Overview

Clear Creek State Park encompasses 1,676.29 acres in Jefferson County. The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River. River corridors are natural transportation routes and so the Clarion River corridor has a great diversity of plants and animals. Great blue heron, mergansers, kingfisher and bald eagle are common river residents. The Clarion River is designated a Wild and Scenic River for its scenic beauty, water quality, and archaeological significance. Clear Creek State Park has a lot to offer to visitors. The Clarion River provides wonderful canoeing and kayaking. The miles of trails allow visitors to hike around the park and view the abundance of wildlife. The winter proves to be no less exciting, maintaining the trails for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. Having recently undergone renovations, Clear Creek State Park is a beautiful destination to enjoy everything nature has to offer.

Map of Clear Creek (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.325441, -79.095664

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Clarion River provides excellent canoeing especially during the spring and fall. The river is rated Class C (beginner) with an average downward flow of four miles per hour. Two popular canoe trips, 4 and 10 miles in length, are a popular attraction. Rental canoes are available from commercial sources outside of the park. Clear Creek offers a public canoe launch.

  • Camping

    22 rustic cabins are near the Clarion River. The rustic cabins are minimally furnished. Each cabin has beds, mattresses, refrigerator, table and chairs and is heated by a wood fireplace or gas heater. Occupants must provide their own bedding, cookware and tableware. Cabins sleep 4, 6 or 8 people. The two round, Mongolian-style tents at Clear Creek State Park are on wooden decks and sleep four people in bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump. The wooded campsites at the park have a picnic table and fire ring. Clear Creek State Park offers a canoe/kayak camping area at the southern end of the campground. This area is for individuals and groups traveling on the Clarion River by canoe or kayak. Use of these sites is limited to one night and are for tent use only.

  • Fishing

    The Clarion River borders the park and provides fishing for trout, warm-water game fish and panfish. At Clear Creek State Park, native trout inhabit Clear Creek and trout are stocked seasonally.PA Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.

  • Golfing

    Near the campground are a nine-hole disc golf course and a concrete basketball court.

  • Hiking

    The 25 miles of trails begin in the scenic Clear Creek Valley and follow the Clarion River and wander across the surrounding hillsides to several scenic overlooks. Rhododendron and mountain laurel abound throughout the park and many varieties of wildlife, including deer, bear, turkey and grouse inhabit the park.

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact the park for information on historical/cultural tours.

  • Hunting

    About 1000 acres of Clear Creek State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, squirrel, bear and turkey. Over 10,000 acres of adjacent state forests and over 500,000 acres of Allegheny National Forest are also open to hunting.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available throughout both parks. Clear Creek has five picnic pavilions, one of which is ADA accessible. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • RVing

    Clear Creek State Park has 53 campsites, two are ADA accessible. Showers and flush toilets and a sanitary dump station are available. Near the campground are a nine-hole disc golf course and a concrete basketball court.

  • Water Sports

    The 180-foot sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules. The swimming beach is in a small man-made lake. Soda machines are nearby.

  • Winter Sports

    There is a two-acre slope on the pipeline near Pavilion 3 for sledding and tobogganing. Snowshoeing is permitted on all trails. Cross-country skiing is recommended on selected trails on the map.

Directions

Driving

The town of Brookville is only 12 miles away. From I-80 west, take Exit 78 (old Exit 12) and follow PA 36 north to PA 949 north. From I-80 east, take Exit 73 (old Exit 13) and follow PA 949 north. The park entrance is on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 752-2368

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Comments

My wife is almost blind and has a fused right  ankle.  I think it would be nice if the porch were somewhat smoother.  We have been coming to Clear Creek for about 10 years and love the serenity and peace also the fall colors in October.  Glad to see the renovations because a lof of people come to see the fall colors.  One of the exciting times was 2 years ago while sitting by the porch fire (cabin 13) 2 big skunks came out fro  under the cabin and enjoyed marshmellows with us.  I love to get out early and capture the morning sun coming thru the trees with my camera. It would be a great shame to close such a beautiful park.