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
1 month ago

walking
2 months 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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

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