Lovely 101-acre Raccoon Creek Lake is the centerpiece of Raccoon Creek State Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the Pennsylvania state park system. Located off of State Route 18 in Western Pennsylvania, Raccoon Creek has a swimming beach, boat launch, a large Wildflower Preserve, mineral springs, hiking trails, camping and interpretive programs. And yes, there are raccoons!
Location / Directions:
Raccoon Creek State Park is located at 3000 State Route 18 in Hookstown, PA, Beaver County, west of Pittsburgh.
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Admission & Fees:
Entrance to Raccoon Creek State Park is free, although some activities such as boat rentals and camping have their own fees.
What to Expect:
Raccoon Creek State Park is open year-round and is everything a state park should be. Beautiful Raccoon Creek Lake is the centerpiece of Raccoon Creek State Park with a swimming beach, two boat launchs, boat rentals and fishing, but there are also miles of trails, a large campground, hunting (in season), five picnic areas, and a lot of environmental programs and interpretative activities. Winter activities include ice fishing and ice-skating, sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Trails and Hiking:
44 miles of foot trails wind through Raccoon Creek State Park, with five miles offering close-up views of the wildflowers in the Wildflower Reserve and Visitor Center. Horse lovers will enjoy the 16 miles of bridle trails, and history buffs will want to follow the trail to the Frankfort Mineral Springs, the location of a famous spa in the 1800s, or to King's Creek Cemetery, where many of the region's first settlers are buried. 17 miles of multi-use trails and roads are open for trail biking.
The campground at Raccoon Creek State Park is open year-round (winter means only rustic campsites and no facilities) with 10 modern cabins, a three-bedroom cottage, and 172 modern tent and trailer campsites. Camping supplies and firewood can be purchased at the Boat Rental area during operating hours.
You can rent canoes, rowboats, kayaks and paddleboats from Raccoon Creek's boat rental area, near the entrance to the beach swimming area. They also have fish tackle and bait. The boat rental is open from the first day of trout season (generally in mid-April) and operates through mid-October.