Trough Creek State Park
The 541-acre Trough Creek State Park is a scenic gorge formed as Great Trough Creek cuts through Terrace Mountain before emptying into Raystown Lake. Rugged hiking trails lead to wonders like Balanced Rock and Rainbow Falls. Rothrock State Forest and Raystown Lake National Recreation Area border the park, making a large, contiguous area of public land for recreation.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. Overnight areas and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Five picnic areas throughout the park provide a variety of scenic sites. Restrooms, water and activity areas are available at some of the picnic areas.
One large picnic pavilion and two smaller ones may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a rental fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free and may be used on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional small picnic pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fishing: Stream fishing in Great Trough Creek provides a variety of warm- and cold-water fish including trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, sucker and panfish. In recent years, shad fish netting has become popular each spring when these fish enter tributaries of Raystown Lake to spawn. Lake fishing is available via a short walk along Terrace Mountain Trail to a sheltered cove of Raystown Lake.
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 100 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, grouse and squirrel. Trough Creek State Park adjoins Rothrock State Forest and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands, which are open for hunting. The gate on Old Forge Road is open during hunting season to give access to forest lands.
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 vehicle or enclosed trailer. 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: 12 miles of trails
Abbot Run Trail: 0.18 mile, white blazes, more difficult hiking
Balanced Rock Trail: 0.12 mile, green blazes, more difficult hiking
Boulder Trail: 1.05 miles, red blazes, more difficult hiking
Brumbaugh Trail: 2.4 miles, orange blazes, most difficult hiking
Cemetery Trail: 0.28 mile, orange blazes, more difficult hiking
Copperas Rock Trail: 0.43 mile, red blazes, more difficult hiking
Laurel Run Trail: 1.8 miles, green blazes, more difficult hiking
Ledges Trail: 0.91 mile, blue blazes, more difficult hiking
Raven Rock Trail: 0.32 mile, yellow blazes, more difficult hiking
Rhododendron Trail: 0.6 mile, green blazes, more difficult hiking
Terrace Mountain Trail: 29 miles, blue blazes, more difficult hiking
Biking: 3.5 miles of trails
Camping: 29 sites, all with electricty
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: one host position in the rustic campground
Trough Creek Lodge: This renovated, historic, two-story, stone home is available for rental year-round. The stone was covered with stucco and scribed to look like brick, a common practice when the home was built.
Originally constructed in the mid-1800s as an ironmaster’s home, it has a modern eat-in kitchen, two bathrooms, four bedrooms and central heat. The home has spacious porches, yard areas and sits atop a hill overlooking Paradise Furnace. The lodge is accessible for people with disabilities.
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Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Snowmobiling: The park serves as a trailhead for trails on Rothrock State Forest lands. Parking and restrooms are provided at Pavilion 1 and along Terrace Mountain Road near the campground. A snowmobile trail map is available at the park office.
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 park office. Programs are offered April to November. Contact the park office for more detailed information.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
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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.