Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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.

5 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
8 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.

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

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.

10 months ago

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

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.

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

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

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nice park close to home

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Spent Easter weekend in pouring rain backpacking. It was pretty good. Only two sleep over camp sites though so you have to maneuver the loop trail to your liking. I hiked from the office up the long way around to first site. Really liked the half hooches and the space. Hiked about hour and half or so to the next site and decided to punch through and head back to Jeep. Loved it for just an over nighter though.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Perfect 2 day backpack right outside of Pittsburgh. The section by the spillway is a little overgrown and the a bridge is out but the rest of the trail is nice.Recommend sleeping in one of the shelters.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Good trail..great two places to only really camp along 20 mile triail.

Monday, June 15, 2015

My husband and I camped/hiked here for the weekend. There had been storms all week and during our stay so we knew it would be muddy and buggy but we did not expect such over growth. At times it was hard to even see the trail/ground due to the amount of plants - literally wading through seas of plants for half of our hiking - causing us both to take a few falls, couldn't see roots or downed limbs so please be careful. The hiking itself was nice - different levels of difficulty throughout the park.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Completed this trail the weekend after Christmas with 3 other friends and had a great time! The weather was around 50 degrees in the day, but dropped down into the 30's at night. We decided to book one of the shelters the morning before we left and I'm glad we did because it poured all night long. The shelter was great though! No leaks and we all kept completely dry. The camping/shelter area was pretty nice with a lot of fire rings and picnic tables. I wouldn't consider this a difficult trail to complete; don't get me wrong though, there are some pretty good climbs, but for the most part it's a nice easy hike with some good scenery! There were a few spots along the trail that were pretty muddy, but it's not hiking unless you get a little dirty right?! haha Overall, this is a good hike especially in winter with no bugs and not having to worry about overgrowth. also, definitely check out the wetlands trail if you go there, pretty interesting!

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