Raccoon Creek Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hanover Twp, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.8 miles
1,115 feet

dogs on leash









over grown

Various parking locations at the heads of various minor trails and camp grounds are available for use.

15 days ago

Backpacked this trail the day after Thanksgiving going CCW from the park office. The Lake trail was the easy, but very muddy. The forest trail seemed more vertical than flat (definitely in the moderate range) and also muddy. Very wet Fall. Stayed at a Sioux lean to but took the campground road out in the morning due to the rain. Did not want to slog through the mud on the heritage trail. Whoever rated the entire loop as easy got it wrong. I’ve been in easier trails that were rated moderate.

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

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!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ok, I hiked the loop which was a decent trail. However, for me there was too much mud, spiders, Mosquitos, and over growth on the trail. I don't mind those things here and there along the trail but not when I'm cleaning spiders off my face every 15 mins. I'm glad I wore good sturdy hiking boots due to all the mud (the horses have really chewed up the trail). I saw someone had lost a shoe in the mud at one spot. Looking back would I do it again? Probably not. There just wasn't enough to see along the way. I would rather spend my time at Slippery Rock.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hiked the trail in the rain, so the track got a little sloppy, particularly on Appalossa trail where horseback riding is allowed. If you're not doing the backpacking loop I would suggest avoiding the all purpose trails where possible. Besides that, both the trails and the campsites were nice and uncrowded with some beautiful scenery to take in. An excellent trail to get your legs under you at the start of the season.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

We did a family hike through a part of the Raccoon Creek State Park Trail. While pleasant enough, the trail was mixed in terms of upkeep and consistency. At first a broad trail, it deteriorated into a tiny trail amongst overgrowth.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 02, 2013

Mountain biking is allowed on the trails accessed off 168, but seem to be a favorite of equestrians, as well. Always try to be courteous, and I've found any riders I've encountered courteous as well. From a strictly topographical standpoint, the Appaloosa Spur and Appaloosa trails have some of the best flow in the area. But the trails hold water like a bowl, and hoofprints have made some sections impassable except by portaging your bike. Those sections are fairly concentrated into two or three spots in a 7.5 mile loop, so if you can handle that the trails are amazing. But because of those sections (and the fact it's only one loop, and a mile or two is on gravel access road) I'm keeping the stars down to three.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I did the mineral springs trail with my husband one afternoon. The trail started close to the rangers station and was clearly marked. It wasn't a long loop but the scenery was beautiful and it made for an enjoyable hour walk. Can't wait to try some of the other more challenging trails soon.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The park is large and the central lake is appealing. The trails however are under managed. If youy like orienteering its better. It is also better in the winter on mild days. There is an old warm spring spa on the grounds - closed since the turn of the 19th century but its works a trek to see.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Had a great hike and camping. The trails are a little under maintained, but all in all, great place.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trail wasn't very well maintained

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