Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
5 days 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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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
7 months ago

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

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

nature trips
10 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
10 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!

hiking
11 months ago

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

Easy and fun

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
11 months ago

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

Monday, June 05, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

NO DOGS ALLOWED, I did not hike this trail, as I had my dogs with me. I just wanted to review so nobody else goes all the way out there, then finds out. it's the only hike in Raccoon State Park that dogs are not allowed. Hope this helps

backpacking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

nice trail. under estimated the elevation changes with a heavy pack on. was quite the adventure to camp out during an ice storm , and then hike back out the next day. I will be back to complete the entire loop. great work out

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

good family trip

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Fun trail just went on an overcast day will give better review after going again

fishing
Friday, November 27, 2015

Nice park close to home

hiking
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nice area for being a small state park. Trail heads were easy to find and had large gravel lots. Did the heritage trail starting from the southern trail head near 30 and hiked north, turning it into a loop using some connector trails, which were not well marked. The trail was easy and not a whole lot to see, but it wasn't crowded and was a nice walk

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