Raccoon Creek State Park
Raccoon Creek State Park has continued to develop from the park’s beginning as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s, to one of the largest and most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania. Facilities at the park are a mix from the early Civilian Conservation Corps camp to modern facilities. In addition to recreational areas, there are large tracts of undeveloped land. The 7,572-acre park features the beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake.
Hiking - Mountain Biking - Horseback Riding - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Recreation Hall - Education - Cross-country Skiing - Ice Fishing - Ice Skating - Snowmobiling - Organized Group Cabin Camps - Organized Group Tenting - Backpacking - Lakeside Lodge - Cabins - Camping
Picnicking: About 400 picnic tables are available throughout the park. All picnic areas have grills, drinking water and restrooms.
Swimming: The 500-foot, ADA accessible sand/turf beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming. Swim at your own risk. A bathhouse and a food refreshment stand are nearby.
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Boating: electric motors only
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. 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.
Fishing: The 101-acre Raccoon Lake has bluegill, sunfish, bullhead catfish, yellow perch, walleye, muskellunge, crappie, sauger, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Cold-water fish like brook and rainbow trout are stocked and found both in the lake and in feeder streams. There is an ADA accessible fishing pier on Raccoon Lake. The twelve-acre Upper Lake provides catch and release fishing year-round.
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: Over 6,000 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, grouse, pheasant and squirrel. Early and late goose hunting may occur.
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. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 44 miles
Mountain Biking: 17 miles
Horseback Riding: 16 miles of equestrian trails
Recreation Hall: The large, ADA accessible Recreation Hall in the Modern Cabin Area can be rented for group meetings or family reunions. The facility is a large hall with modern bathrooms, kitchen and fireplace. It is ADA accessible with parking and recreational facilities. Reservations for the hall can be made, for a fee, at the park office.
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
Camping: rustic sites
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: one host positions
Backpacking: 19.5 miles
Modern Cabins: The ten modern cabins contain a furnished living area, kitchen/dining area, toilet/shower room and two or three-bedrooms. The cabins have electric heat and are available for rent year-round. Cabin 10 is ADA accessible. Cabin users must bring their own cooking and eating utensils and bed and bath linens. Pets are prohibited in the cabins.
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Lakeside Lodge: This three-bedroom cottage that sleeps ten people. The lodge can be rented by the week during the summer season and with a two-night minimum during the off-season. The lodge has a full kitchen, dining room, one and one-half bathrooms, living room with a fireplace, laundry facilities, and central heat and air conditioning. It also has a large patio area with an outdoor gas grill. Renters must bring their own linens. Pets are prohibited in the lodge. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park.
Items the renters need to bring with them are bed linens, pillows, blankets, towels, dish soap, laundry detergent and first aid kit. Optional items to consider bringing are a bow saw, matches, lawn chairs, cell phone, TV w/antenna, and radio.
Organized Group Tenting: There are two main rustic group tenting areas in the western side of the park. The Sioux group tenting area is divided into two sites: area A, 20 people; area B, 60 people. The more remote Pioneer group tenting area is divided into four sites: Apache, 60 people; Blackfeet, 20 people; Cherokee; 60 people; Mohawk, 40 people. Potable water and vault latrines or portable restrooms are available. Access is not guaranteed during severe winter storms.
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Organized Group Cabin Camps: These three camps are rented from mid-April to mid-October at a nominal fee to nonprofit, organized adult and youth groups like scout, YMCA, school, church or other organizations. The camps contain rustic lodges, dining halls, cabins and utility buildings. Camp #1 holds 30 campers. Camp #2 holds 130 campers. Camp #3 holds 80 campers. Reservations are made at the park office for long or short rental periods.
Maps and rosters for the group camps are on the maps tab, above.
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There are various wintertime special events. Spectacular ice formations may be seen at the Frankfort Mineral Springs in the winter.
Cross-country Skiing: Most trails are open to cross-country skiing, however it is recommended to avoid trails rated ‘difficult.’ A designated 2.2-mile cross-country skiing trail is located between the beach access road and the roadside east picnic area.
Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is permitted on the 101-acre Raccoon Lake as conditions permit. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Ice Skating: Ice skating is permitted on the 101-acre Raccoon Lake as conditions permit. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Snowmobiling: Snowmobiling is permitted on four miles of Nichol and Pioneer Camp roads, conditions permitting. Parking is available in a lot off PA 168 and Nichol Road. Please use caution because these roads are also open to hunters with disabilities.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. 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 arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center. The Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center has exhibits and brochures on natural history and historic areas of the park Programs are offered year-round. For more detailed information contact the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center. 724-899-3611
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.