Clear Creek State Park


Clear Creek State Park encompasses 1,444 acres in Jefferson County. The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River.

Cook Forest State Park is only 11 miles away.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Canoeing   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Sledding   -  Yurts   -  Cabins   -  Camping


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Picnicking: Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available throughout both parks. Clear Creek has five picnic pavilions, one of which is ADA accessible. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Swimming: The 180-foot sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules. The swimming beach is in a small man-made lake. Soda machines are nearby.


A couple kayak on the Clarion River between Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.Canoeing: The Clarion River provides excellent canoeing especially during the spring and fall. The river is rated Class C (beginner) with an average downward flow of four miles per hour. Two popular canoe trips, 4 and 10 miles in length, are a popular attraction. Rental canoes are available from commercial sources outside of the park. Clear Creek offers a public canoe launch.

Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

The following concessionaries offer canoe, kayak and tube rentals:
Cook Forest Canoe Rental www.cookforestcanoe.com
Pale Whale   www.canoecookforest.com
Pine Crest http://users.penn.com/~pinecrest/PC-canoe.html


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The Clarion River borders the park and provides fishing for trout, warm-water game fish and panfish. At Clear Creek State Park, native trout inhabit Clear Creek and trout are stocked seasonally.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: About 1000 acres of Clear Creek State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, squirrel, bear and turkey. Over 10,000 acres of adjacent state forests and over 500,000 acres of Allegheny National Forest are also open to hunting.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.

Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.


Hiking: 25 miles of trails
The trails begin in the scenic Clear Creek Valley and follow the Clarion River and wander across the surrounding hillsides to several scenic overlooks. Rhododendron and mountain laurel abound throughout the park and many varieties of wildlife, including deer, bear, turkey and grouse inhabit the park.


No Feeding Wild Animals: Black bears are native to this area. All food should be put away after use and kept in a tight, secure container in the trunk of a car or in a camper. Feeding wild animals is pro-hibited. When wildlife loses its fear of people, these ani-mals can become pests, and dangerous situations can result.


Stay the Night


People chat by an RV in the campground at Clear Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
The wooded campsites at the park have a picnic table and fire ring. Access is not guaranteed during severe winter weather. Clear Creek State Park has 53 campsites, two are ADA accessible. Showers and flush toilets and a sanitary dump station are available. Near the campground are a nine-hole disc golf course and a concrete basketball court.

Clear Creek State Park offers a canoe/kayak camping area at the southern end of the campground. This area is for individuals and groups traveling on the Clarion River by canoe or kayak. Use of these sites is limited to one night and are for tent use only. Maximum group size is eight and the cost is $4 per person for a Pennsylvania resident and $5 per person for a non-resident.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
The campground host site amenities include 30-amp electric service. Hosts are required to stay a minimum of two weeks and must be available 24 hours daily to assist park personnel. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.


Yurts: The two round, Mongolian-style tents at Clear Creek State Park are on wooden decks and sleep four people in bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump.

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This stone and log cabin is Rustic Cabin 17 at Clear Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Rustic Cabins: 22 rustic cabins are near the Clarion River and are available from the second Friday in April until the third Friday in December. The rustic cabins are minimally furnished. Each cabin has beds, mattresses, refrigerator, table and chairs and is heated by a wood fireplace or gas heater. Occupants must provide their own bedding, cookware and tableware. Cabins sleep 4, 6 or 8 people. Extra cots are not available. Frost-free water faucets are outside. A showerhouse is nearby. One cabin is ADA accessible.

The cabins must be rented for one week, except in the spring and fall rental season. Firewood is not provided. Alcoholic beverages and pets are prohibited.

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Winter Activities


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Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing: Snowshoeing is permitted on all trails. Cross-country skiing is recommended on selected trails on the map


Sledding: There is a two-acre slope on the pipeline near Pavilion 3.


Environmental Education and Interpretation


Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be scheduled in advance by calling the park office.

At Clear Creek State Park programs are offered spring through fall. A visitor center with logging and nature exhibits is open spring through fall. The Ox Shoe Self-guiding Historical Trail takes one hour to hike and reveals the logging history of the Black Forest of Pennsylvania.

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Access for People with Disabilities


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.