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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.

hiking
6 hours 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 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

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of diverse greenery

4 months ago

Dogs allowed?

Short but interesting hike to the mineral springs. Varied terrain, creek crossing, some elevation gain, lots to look at.

nature trips
5 months ago

The Wildflower Reserve is a lovely place for nature walking. There are several trails within the reserve so you can take an hour or an afternoon. I suggest exploring on a weekday in late April - early May to get the full wildflower display. Many scenic overviews can be found on the Audubon Trail, and the creekside Old Field Trail is quite peaceful. Only a small portion of the Jennings Trail travels close enough to the highway for traffic noise. No pets.

hiking
5 months ago

Bearing right from the trail access at the park road and onward to the lake, Lake Trail is a nice, scenic, typical western PA walk in the woods. Once you reach beyond the lake the trail gets quite muddy, overgrown, and downright unpleasant and steep for a little while. On the Forest Trail portion of the loop, at 2.7 miles or so, you will encounter a nice fern and pine forest that is quite refreshing after the not so nice parts, so it's a good reward for traveling this loop in the lakeward direction first. I agree with the Moderate rating.

Great trail with some scenic spots. Easy hike with only 1 or 2 hills worth noting. I'd definitely recommend it!

Great hike with our 3 kids (ages 10, 6, 4)

Easy and fun

6 months ago

Definitely a challenge. Went out and back for the full 13ish Miles. Great Hike, a lot of altitude changes and fun stuff to look at. Great trail overall.

Great, short trail. Took the dogs today. It was neat and the springs and falls are cool.

Some nettles along the trail so watch for those.

hiking
7 months ago

The trails on the lower half were very muddy. Very noisy at points some trials were closer to the highway.

trail running
7 months ago

Wanted to run an out and back 18 miler on this and had to turn around 8 miles in due to the insane overgrowth. It slowed me down to a crawl and I deemed it not worth it. I was planning on using this gauge for a potentially backpacking trip but based on the blandness of it and the overgrowth, I'll give it a hard pass. Now I know!

trail running
7 months ago

Wanted to run an out and back 18 miler on this and had to turn around 8 miles in due to the insane overgrowth. It slowed me down to a crawl and I deemed it not worth it. I was planning on using this to gauge a potential backpacking trip but based on the blandness of it (except for the tall pines for a small part around mile 2) and the overgrowth, I'll give it a hard pass. Now I know!

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