Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Raccoon Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
2 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!

hiking
2 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

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

hiking
6 months ago

A lot of diverse greenery

7 months ago

Dogs allowed?

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

hiking
8 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

9 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.

trail running
10 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
10 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!

trail running
10 months ago

I use this trail for trail running. Once you get to around 6 miles, it starts to get a little thick. Around 9 Miles it's so thick you're basically crawling... it's a good trail otherwise though. Definitely recommend checking out the mineral springs loop around mile 4.

11 months ago

If this trail is moderate, I'd hate to see hard. There were three significant climbs and the trail through the greenery that was not cut back off the trail. There were also a number of downed trees over the trail. Trail markings were a bit hard to find and this loop is a mixture of blue and white blazes, however it's tough to navigate without using the map from this app.

However it was a great overall hike with some beautiful clearings that were great for photography.

This is a great little loop trail in Raccoon State Park that leads to waterfall and a mineral spring. As of June 2017 the trail was still a little muddy in spots, had a blown down tree the park routed around, and had a few sections of overgrowth but nothing that wasn't manageable. Good hike for most people of all skill levels and younger kids alike.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

it has 2 backpacker camping areas with 5 shelters at each location and tenting sites. very nice

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Very muddy at the time, lots of ups and downs, but very nice sights

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