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The Pennsylvania State Parks provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation and serve as outdoor classrooms for environmental education. In meeting these purposes, the conservation of the natural, scenic, aesthetic and historical values of parks are given first consideration. Stewardship responsibilities should be carried out in a way that protects the natural outdoor experience for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

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 the state. In 1945, the planned transfer of land took place creating Raccoon Creek State Park. The Facilities at the park are a mix from the early Civilian Conservation Corps camp to modern facilities.

A centrally located 101-acre lake with an accessible fishing pier allows anglers to seek a number of fish species, including brook and rainbow trout that are stocked and found both in the lake and feeder streams. The lake also has an 500-foot, accessible sand/turf beach that is open daily from late-May to mid-September. It provides opportunities for active recreation as well as passive activities such as photographing and viewing waterfowl and other species of wildlife. Raccoon Lake has two boat launches and 48 mooring spaces (electric motors only). A boat rental is open from the first day of trout season until mid-October and has canoes, rowboats, kayaks, hydro-bikes, in addition to bait and tackle, refreshments and firewood for sale. A food concession is located at the beach area and is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Activities at the park include boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping, modern cabin rentals, organized group camping, backpack camping, bicycling, cross country skiing, hiking, bridle trails, winter activities, and hunting. Features include historical Frankfort Mineral Springs, historical Kings Creek Cemetery, Wildflower Reserve with nature center, and 44 miles of trails available throughout the park including a 20-mile backpack loop trail. Modern camping available mid-April through mid-October. Modern cabins and primitive camping available year round.

724/899-2200 | State Park Info: 888/727-2757 | 3000 State Route 18 Hookstown, PA 15050

Raccoon Creek State Park - Frankfort Mineral Springs

The historic Frankfort Mineral Springs, site of a nationally known health spa during the 1800s, is located in the Park.

The area once attracted thousands of visitors who believed in the "healing powers" of mineral water, until destroyed by fire in 1932. Although the flow of spring water has diminished, many believe the water still retains "medicinal" properties.

The streambed trail abounds with wildflowers in season, and in the winter the grotto displays beautiful ice formations. Trails are open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

724/899-2200 or 724/899-3611 | Raccoon Creek State Park 3000 State Route 18 Hookstown, PA 15050

Raccoon Creek State Park - Wildflower Reserve

The Wildflower Reserve, developed by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, is a 314-acre tract of land located along Raccoon Creek that provides a unique natural botanical attraction for visitors.

There are five miles of marked trails and over 700 species of wildflowers have been recorded at the Reserve. The trails vary in terrain from easy walking to some gentle grades.

Wildlife is abundant and you may encounter deer, raccoon, turkey, mink, woodchucks and a host of birds and other forms of wildlife. Environmental education and interpretive programs are scheduled throughout the year on a wide variety of topics.

Organized groups may call and schedule programs or tours based on environmental or educational based topics. Trails are open year round from 8 A.M. to sunset.

724/899-2200 or 724/899-3611 | Raccoon Creek State Park 3000 State Route 18 Hookstown, PA 15050