The 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park is in scenic Sinking Valley, 12 miles east of Altoona. This beautiful, modern park features a 155-acre lake, wetlands, old fields and mature forests, which provide critical habitat for migrating birds and for one of the largest bat colonies in the Commonwealth. The lake is popular for fishing year-round. Hikers enjoy the trails that wind through the many habitats. Picnicking, swimming at the beach, enjoying educational programs, and staying the night in a modern cabin are also popular activities.

hiking
16 days ago

Walked around the lake with 4 little ones and a teenager. Only downfall was the rain. Seen a copperhead down by the spillway which was exciting

Good little hike for when you just have a short period of time and hunger for some fresh air ..

I live close by so I'm here all the time. There are several trails in the park, all clearly marked and well maintained. There's something for everyone.

Quick easy hike if you need to get outside but don't have a ton of time. Also quite nice for younger children. Plenty of places to stop and enjoy lunch.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

trail running
Friday, July 15, 2016

Nice rolling hills with wooded sections opening up to a beautiful blue lake. Hills are in the background and you have a little slice of history; what isn't there to enjoy?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Saturday, May 09, 2015

hiking
Saturday, November 09, 2013

Nice easy scenic trail.

walking
Monday, August 26, 2013

hiking
Thursday, July 11, 2013

The beach experiences heavy usage during the summer months, and at times the Limestone trail loop can seem a bit overcrowded, especially the area near the Blair Limestone Co. Kilns. Stepping onto one of the more difficult trails is normally a quick escape from any crowds, and leads to more opportunities to see wildlife. I always end up packing out at least a shopping bags worth of trash on each visit, which is quite disappointing, and signs of water pollution are visible if you look for them.

Personally, I would not come here to hike. I walk my dog on the trails often, and it is a great place for that. Come to Canoe Creek to kayak or canoe the lake, and to check out the bats ( an absolute must see!) and the birds that the park has to offer. Hike the trails while you are here, for sure, but don't make this a hiking destination by any means.

Monday, April 08, 2013

walking
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The time of year might have something to do with my review--the trees were bare and there was A LOT of gunfire--encountered two groups of hunters on park trails near the kilns, otherwise the park was deserted. The first part of the hike ambled on mowed trails through fields on even terrain, nice exercise but a minefield of horse crap. The lake looked nice, lots of picnic tables and facilities that were closed. The kilns were cool and interesting, and the hike along the nearby stream was pretty. No wildlife to be seen--not even birds, possibly from the heavy hunting nearby. We pass this place a lot on our way east to visit relatives and always thought it would be a nice visit, but it was a mistake to choose it as a primary attraction. I'm sure it's a nicer place in the summer, but it wasn't worth the 70 minutes we drove to get there. The terrain is flat and unremarkable.