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Raccoon Creek State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Raccoon Creek State Park
Description - This park is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the Commonwealth. The 100-acre lake provides opportunities for fishing, boating and photographing and viewing waterfowl and other wildlife. The Wildflower Reserve and Interpretive Center, on the park's eastern boundary, with its 5 miles of trails, contains one of the most unique stands of native wildflowers in western Pennsylvania. In addition to several other footpaths in the park, Raccoon Creek offers a bridle path that is 16 miles in length. Family camping, family cabins and group camping are offered seasonally and year-round depending on the facility. Environmental education programs are offered from April through October at natural and historic areas of the park. Over 5,000 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from the fall archery deer season through March 31 of the following year.

Attractions - The historic Frankfort Mineral Springs, site of a nationally known health spa during the 1800's, is located in the park. The area once attracted thousands of visitors who believed in the "healing powers'' of the mineral water. The springs can be currently viewed from a scenic trail that passes through the area. Guided walks highlighting this historic area are available during the summer and fall seasons.

In an effort to add recreation lands to metropolitan regions, the National Park Service (NPS) purchased some of the submarginal farm land in the 1930's. Under NPS direction, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) built a Recreation Demonstration Area. The federal government transferred this outstanding area to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1945. Major recreational improvements as a state park included construction of the large lake in 1948, a swimming area and picnic area in 1950 and the tent and trailer campground in 1956.

Recreation - This park is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the Commonwealth. The 100-acre lake provides opportunities for fishing, boating and photographing and viewing waterfowl and other wildlife. The Wildflower Reserve and Interpretive Center, on the park's eastern boundary, with its 5 miles of trails, contains one of the most unique stands of native wildflowers in western Pennsylvania. In addition to several other footpaths in the park, Raccoon Creek offers a bridle path that is 16 miles in length. Family camping, family cabins and group camping are offered seasonally and year-round depending on the facility.

Environmental interpretive activities are available to families and individuals. They include public guided walks from April through October at natural and historic areas of the park, evening campfire programs in the family camping area each weekend during the summer, as well as numerous other year round special interpretive activities, such as wildflower walks and night hikes.

Other activities offered include interpretive displays and exhibits at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center, brochures on historical park areas and natural history, plus numerous other activities to present the environment to the park visitor.

Over 5,000 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from the fall archery deer season through March 3, of the following year. Exceptions are: 1) hunting of woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations are in effect for all activities in the park.

Special picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. The lakeside restroom near the dam can accommodate wheelchairs.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Raccoon Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - Raccoon Creek State Park is located in southern Beaver County, 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, via U.S. Routes 22 or 30. Access to the park from the north and south can be gained via PA Route 18 which passes directly through the park.


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Filed By: phil (pgh, pa)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: went and trapped during prime season,alot of climbing,saw some feral dogs,I fish there year round,good fishing, crappie and trout trapping is pretty good,hunting is tight (saftey Zones)all in all it is a great place...saw my first Black Bear there. Phil


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Ice fishing and ice skating are permitted on the lake. Sledding is also permitted in the park. Various special events are scheduled in the wintertime by the environmental education specialist in the park. The park is open year-round to the public. Spectacular ice formations may be seen at the Frankfort Mineral Springs in the winter. Designated roads and trails are open for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Yes
ICON Ice Fishing Ice fishing and ice skating are permitted on the lake.
Yes
ICON Sledding, Tobogganing, Tubing Ice fishing and ice skating are permitted on the lake. Sledding is also permitted in the park. Various special events are scheduled in the wintertime by the environmental education specialist in the park. The park is open year-round to the public. Spectacular ice formations may be seen at the Frankfort Mineral Springs in the winter.
Yes
ICON Ice & Snowcraft Travel Ice fishing and ice skating are permitted on the lake.
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Ice fishing and ice skating are permitted on the lake. Sledding is also permitted in the park. Various special events are scheduled in the wintertime by the environmental education specialist in the park. The park is open year-round to the public. Spectacular ice formations may be seen at the Frankfort Mineral Springs in the winter. Designated roads and trails are open for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Yes


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Contact Information:
Raccoon Creek State Park, 3000 State, Rt. 18 , Hookstown, PA, 15050-1605, Phone: 724-899-2200
, raccooncreek@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Pittsburgh Area - Pittsburgh is one of the greatest steel-making centers of the world. The area is host to the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers creating the Ohio River.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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