What to do in Raccoon Creek State Park

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.

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.

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.

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).

Address
3000 State, Rt. 18
Hookstown, PA 15050-1605

Phone: 724-899-2200

Email: raccooncreek@dcnr.state.pa.us
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