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Raccoon Creek State Park has continued to develop from the parks 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.

Great trail for my family and my 6year old:) no rain so falls weren’t happening but still a nice hike:)

Nice easy hike for families. Good shade cover and near streams. 50 or so stairs in the 1st quarter of the hike

Great trail, easy to navigate. There is one area with about 50 stairs, but it was easy enough. I walked my two dogs, didn’t see anyone else and didn’t have any issues. Of course it was the middle of the day on a Thursday! I would recommend this to anyone, it was quick and pretty easy. There are a couple of places you have to look for the trail markings to be sure you’re on the right trail, but easy to find if you’re paying attention. My dogs enjoyed it, too!

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2 months ago

Great morning and very enjoyable hike. We took our Heinz 57 lab on hike with us and he loved it as much as we did. Trail has a couple of over grown spots as every trail we've been on lately has. During the almost 4 miles we passed one runner. The trail has some challenges but you are rewarded with great vistas and nature. More folks need to check out these trails also we rented a double kayak and had another enjoyable visit to Raccoon State Park last week.

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3 months ago

Great park with a lot of ups and downs. Agree with the moderate rating. There were a couple cross sections where we weren't 100% sure of which path we should use (a few more blazes would be helpful). There were also some overgrown areas so be cautious of ticks and try to wear long loose clothing. Went on a Saturday morning around 9 and only ran into 3 other people on the trail. Hiked with our dog who had a great time and loved sprinting up and down the streams trying to catch the water. Overall a 4 because of the slightly overgrown vegetation, and the lack of blazes in crucial spots. Really loved the hike though.

Got off Lake trail when it crossed the forest trail. About a half mile it the trail just ended I the middle of the woods.....we were looking for a trail but were unable to find it. Ended up making our own which did eventually get us back on the trail. Lots of overgrowth, poorly marked signage and downed trees to climb over. Then had to walk on the road because there were signs of a detour for the trail. Come to find out that part of the trail was open!!!! Never again! Lake is great for kayaking but that particular trail is horrible for hiking. I’ll go back to McConnell’s Mill or Moraine .... those are much nicer and more scenic!

Been going to Frankfort Mineral Springs since I was a kid. My Mom and Dad got married on the original bridge in front of the waterfall in 1990. I was sad to see that they are building a new bridge there now.

Nice trail down by the water, but overall, wasn’t much to look at. There were several smaller trails that branched off which made it a bit confusing to know which way to go. Very easy hike

Easy hike leading to a secluded natural spring. The park is a nice day trip about 40 min outside of the city

4 months ago

I did the little 5 mile-ish loop someone else mentioned out of Sioux campground, West till it ends on Nichol road, then southeast on Nichol to Wetlands, and back up the hill to camp on Heron.
All really easy minus one uphill on Forest near the end, and Heron had some sharp elevation gain at the bottom.
A little grown over in spots, but hiking poles made everything easily passable.
Wetlands trail was by far my favorite part, no beaver sighting, but, lots of ducks, huge Muskie jumped out of the pond above the dam. Rest of the loop had good variation of forest growth, but no real sights aside from a cool little fern grove.

Good, easy trail with a nice waterfall at the end. Gets a little muddy, but would be great if you have small kids or a very very old dog. Not the hike for you if you want a challenge, but a relaxing little walk n falls.

4 months ago

Hiked this along with most of the Heritage Trail in March and then again in May. Trail was overgrown with vegetation in May especially the section west of Rt. 18. The vegetation really tore up my legs, I would suggest wearing longer pants if doing this trail west of 18 in spring/summer. Several down trees in different areas. Definitely one of the most secluded and challenging hikes you'll get within a 40 minute drive of the Pittsburgh area.

4 months ago

Hiked this along with most of the Forest Trail in March and then again in May. Trail was overgrown with vegetation in May especially the section west of Rt. 18. The vegetation really tore up my legs, I would suggest wearing longer pants if doing this trail west of 18 in spring/summer. Several down trees in different areas. Definitely one of the most secluded and challenging hikes you'll get within a 40 minute drive of the Pittsburgh area.

Really easy hike. I took my mom with me, and she had no problem. The small waterfall is nice .

My daughter and I hike this in all weather. We love this trail. Nice and simple with a natural spring filtered through the rocks

Beautiful trail. Saw a coyote today 4/11/18. Did the loop starting toward the lake. Met another couple that said a little easier in that direction. After the lake has 3 hills. Not well marked in spots. Stay to left at top of first hill. Valley after, small bridge washed out. Hop a few rocks. Another fork after starting down second hill. Stay right. Easy to follow other than that. Enjoy.. We did. Used the app during the hike and it is accurate.

Bridge down and signage to follow detour was hard. We walked around for 30 minutes before finding the right path. Wear bright colors! This trail goes through a hunting area. Overall great hike!

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6 months ago

Enjoyed the trail. My fiance n I with our 2 dogs started at the Mineral Spring Trail head by the rangers office n picked up the Heritage Trail. Nice scenery and some good climbs. About 2 1/2 miles in came across a large tree the park must've cut down n left it lay across the trail. Was a bit difficult for the dogs to navigate over but not too bad. Definitely wet n muddy on some down hill. But all in all we had a great time.

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6 months ago

Did a small portion of this trail. Created a loop that included the Wetlands Trail, Forest Trail, and Heron Trail - possibly a short portion of the Palomino Trail. Made for about a 5 mile loop. Great trail - well marked, good sights and challgenging! Will do again!

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7 months ago

Didn’t love this one. Went in March and not much to look at with planes flying overhead fairly often so you don’t get to much of a nature feel. Good practice for the AT though with the steep climbs.

Easy trail. Nice walk with some water features.

A great hike. Very muddy today with all the rain, be sure to wear waterproof boots with your hike. Scenic hike along a stream! Very relaxing and easy loop!

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7 months ago

The Heritage trail is beautifully blazed! I made a 5 mile loop starting at Nichol road trailhead, going south on Heritage trail to Buckskin trail, and back out Nichol road. I’m not a fan of “road” hiking, but Nichol is more of a trail than a road. Buckskin trail is a horse trail so blazes are much less frequent, but it’s easy to follow. Only confusing spot was where it appeared there was a double blaze indicating a turn that wasn’t. Looked for it a bit, then decided to stick with the obvious path. The Heritage trail has multiple creek crossings and is wet! Hiking poles are a big help as are waterproof boots. I was able to keep water depth to about ankle deep, but it took a little work. My dog went along and managed well too. Saw a few footprints, but no other hikers til the last 1/4 mile.
I hiked another part of Heritage from Racoon park road last week. Again, great trail marking and good scenery. Lots of climb and not so wet on this section. Only met 2 others on the trail this day too.

Great trail and history. Old site of a mineral spring resort from late 1800s and early 1900s. Ppl believed the water had healing powers and came from all over to drink and bath in them.

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10 months ago

Great trail. Lots of steep climbs and large trees fallen across the path but I loved it.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Decent hike... completed the out and back,...
Trail was marked very well and easy to navigate.

Well maintained. Easy terrain. Took Webelos Scouts for their 3 mile. Perfect place.

easy afternoon trail. nice view of the small waterfall about half way down the trail as well

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11 months ago

A lot of diverse greenery

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