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. The park has camping, rustic cabins, and Clarion River access for fishing and boating.
Cook Forest State Park is only 11 miles away.
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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
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.
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
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. Pets are permitted on designated campsites for a fee.
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
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.
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. Dogs are permitted in cabins 10 to 13 for a fee.
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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Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
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.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.
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Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
River corridors are natural transportation routes and so the Clarion River corridor has a great diversity of plants and animals. Great blue heron, mergansers, kingfisher and bald eagle are common river residents.
The Clarion River is designated a Wild and Scenic River for its scenic beauty, water quality, and archaeological significance.
The first public campsites at Clear Creek were opened in 1922. In May 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) greatly expanded the recreational facilities. By the time they departed in 1937, they had built the cabins, the swimming area, the food concession building, restrooms, trails, bridges, and roads.
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Clear Creek State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from:
Cook Forest State Forest: Adjacent to Clear Creek State Park, this 10,113-acre area provides hunting, fishing, hiking and general recreation. Scenic views of the surrounding area may be seen from Bear Town Rocks.
Allegheny National Forest: This large, 506,465-acre area is the only national forest in Pennsylvania and has general outdoor recreation. www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/
Explore Pennsylvania Wilds
Pennsylvania Wilds is two million acres of public lands for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, and exploration in northcentral Pennsylvania.
Highlights of the area are elk watching at the Elk Country Visitor Center, scenic PA Route 6, Pine Creek Gorge (PA Grand Canyon), the darkest skies in the east at Cherry Springs State Park, and hundreds of miles of backpacking trails, bike paths, and trout fishing streams. www.pawilds.com
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Interactive GIS Map
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Clear Creek State Park Cabin Map (.pdf) (599 kb, 4/15)
The town of Brookville is only 12 miles away. From I-80 west, take Exit 78 (old Exit 12) and follow PA 36 north to PA 949 north. From I-80 east, take Exit 73 (old Exit 13) and follow PA 949 north.
The park entrance is on the left.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.32292 Long. -79.07671
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Clear Creek State Park