Raccoon Creek Forest and Lake Trail Loop

MODERATE 112 reviews
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Raccoon Creek Forest and Lake Trail Loop is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hookstown, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

Nice trail to get away. 4 miles and only a few people on a sunny Sunday. 2 hours to easily complete with a reluctant tween and water loving lab who has to swim at any sign of water. Went clockwise from the park office and got up and downs out of the way first.

You must be able to climb over 3 ft logs that block the trail. Several stream crossings require you to balance on rocks. Good to have waterproof boots. Found 3 deer ticks on me and 10 on my dog. Pretty fall leaves, though.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

We hiked this trail clockwise as others recommended to get the steep parts out of the way early. Muddy with some trees down on the trail, but nothing was difficult to climb over. Trail pops out on a cute little lake area with public beach. Bugs weren’t bad at all even though it was muddy and damp.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
4 months ago

Enjoyed this trail all trees were cleared but was overgrown and muddy in some areas

Starts off like a rocky road but then you get into some beautiful brush and trails with differing altitudes. Some fallen trees and mud here and there but nothing unbearable. Fun to navigate.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
washed out
5 months ago

I did the entire loop but forgot to record it. It was muddy but not too bad. Tons of mosquitos so make sure to have bug spray and something to hit them away with. There were a few trees down but plenty of blazes to identify the trail. Really good hike, it took my dog and I an 1.5 to do the 3.9 miles at a moderate pace. We stopped and talked to a few people as well.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
over grown
6 months ago

hiking
bridge out
muddy
over grown
6 months ago

A nice walk, with just a few moderate climbs. I don't know if the recent rain is the cause, but there were a few pretty muddy spots. I was happy I was wearing ankle-high shoes. Poles could also help keep your balance, especially when going downhill on a muddy section. One of the bridges over a creek is washed out but there's a fallen tree across the water which made a great handrail. Someone else suggested walking clockwise and that advice worked out well. Got the biggest climb out of the way early, and the last part of the hike was on level ground, including a stretch along the lake. Parking by the bridge where the loop starts was full, but there was plenty of parking by the park office just across rt. 18

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
7 months ago

The trail itself starts off nice and wide and well maintained. The further you go the more muddy it gets ,Wich normally I don't mind, but at times it was whole impassable sections . The loop also got more and more narrow with the exception of the very beginning and end of the loop . The loop is dog friendly but may other hikers didn't have thier dog leashed like we did . the one bridge is also washed out but the creek is easy to walk across.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Beautiful, sun-dappled pine tree forest. Went clockwise, left, when we started the trail. Saw a sign for Forest Trail and should have turned right to continue. Many raspberry and blackberry bushes. Crossed a couple of small creeks. A few trees crossed the path but were easy to climb over or under. Most of the path was a footpath until the last mile or so where it widened. Will plan on returning to check out other trails in the area.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
over grown
7 months ago

Don’t forget the tick repellent for your dog. Lots of tall grass.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
8 months ago

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