Raccoon Creek State Park is in southern Beaver County.
Raccoon Creek State Park offers over 17 miles of multi-use trails and roads for mountain biking over a wide variety of terrain. The 7,500 acre park features beautiful Raccoon Lake. The lake’s 800 ft. sand/turf beach is open from late May until mid-September, with lifeguard service from Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day. There is a bathhouse, food concession and picnic areas. Nearby are the campground, modern cabins and boat rental for canoes, rowboats or kayaks. Most of the mountain biking is on the west side of the park so ride east on the park road to the lake for a refreshing post ride swim.
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs some of which are offered year-round. The Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center has exhibits and brochures on natural history and historical areas of the park. The 314-acre Wildflower Reserve contains over 500 species of plants. The Audubon Trail in the Wildflower Reserve, the wetlands around the lake and the Wetland Trail offer abundant birdwatching opportunities.
Deer and raccoons are common throughout the park and the stream valleys provide habitat for beaver, muskrat and mink. In the more remote western side of the park you may encounter the elusive red fox, skunk and opossum.
17 miles of multi-use trails and roads are available for mountain biking. The terrain varies from steep and rolling hills to level service roads.
Pinto Loop: 1.7-miles, (easy) Yellow blazes
Lake Trail: 1.9-miles (easy) Blue blazes
Appaloosa Trail: 3 miles (easy to moderate) Yellow blazes.
The main equestrian trail. The trail winds along rolling forested hills of maples, oaks, hickory and cherry. Near its western end, the trail passes an old homestead and spring house. Connector Trail No. 4 (hiking only) off of Appaloosa Trail leads to one of the overnight backpacking campsites.
Appaloosa Spur: 0.7-mile (easy) Yellow blazes
Buckskin Trail: 1-mile (moderate to advanced) Yellow blazes
Nichol Road: 3.5 miles (easy to moderate)
Palomino Trail: 1.1-mile (easy to moderate) Yellow blazes
Frankfort Mineral Springs is south of the park office. This once famous resort complex of the late 1800s attracted visitors who believed in the healing qualities of the mineral water. The springs can be viewed by hiking the short Mineral Springs Trail from the parking lot on PA 18.
King's Creek Cemetery, on the park’s southwestern boundary off of PA 168, is the final resting-place of many of the first settlers of the area.
For more information:
Raccoon Creek State Park
Phone: (724) 899-2200