With all the wonderful scenery and fun activities here, it’s no wonder that Raccoon Creek State Park is one of the most heavily visited parks in Pennsylvania. It’s also one of the largest Pennsylvania parks, consisting of 7,752 acres of pure natural beauty and lots of fun to be had. This park had been providing visitors tranquility and entertainment since the 1930’s, when the Civilian Conservation Corps began to work on it to preserve the area and boost the economy. When you visit this park, you’ll be able to really get a feel for the historical significance here. You can learn all about what it was like in this area during the pioneer days, and get to actually see 142 tombstones of war veterans at the King’s Creek Cemetery. The earliest tombstones date all the way back to 1810, and the most recent are from 1906.
You can visit the park any time of the year. When you come during the warmer season, you’ll be able to enjoy all the trails, whether hiking, biking or horseback riding on them. You’ll also have the opportunity to go for a refreshing swim, and even take the boat out on the 100 acre Raccoon Lake. There are plenty of places to set up for the perfect picnic too. If you decide to visit during the snowy season, you’ll get to go ice skating, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and much more. There are so many fun opportunities when you bring your RV to Raccoon Creek State Park.
There is a bridge by the Route 30 entrance on the main park road that has been washed out, so until it is fixed, you’ll need to take a detour to get around it. Another thing to be aware of is the driving restrictions that you might face at some of the campgrounds if you visit when there is a lot of snow.
There are little parking lots located all through the park at key places such as the trailheads. To avoid trouble with limited parking though, especially in a large RV, it’s best to set up your RV at a campsite, then take a smaller vehicle to get to where you need to go in the park.
There are 172 campsites that are perfect for just about any kind of camper. The have flush toilets and warm showers available here, and you’ll be guaranteed to have a picnic table and a fire ring at your site. If you prefer to have electricity hookups, there are sites that have it for your convenience. The campground is split up into 6 sections. If you brought your pet along with you, you’ll need to pick a campsite at either Loop C or Loop F, because these are the sites that are pet friendly. Loops A, B, C, and D are open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, and loops E and F are open from the second Friday in April to mid-October. There are also four sites that are ADA accessible for anyone that needs them. Three of these accessible sites are in Loop B, while the other one is located in Loop F.
If you’re planning on coming camping during the off season when most of the campsites are closed for the winter, then you still have the option to stay at the Sioux Rustic Campground. This campground is much more primitive, but it stays open all year long. You won’t have nearly as many amenities as the other campground, but you will have water and pit latrines available to you. Keep in mind though that access to the campground is not guaranteed if the weather gets bad enough. This campground has earned its spot under first-come, first-served simply because there isn’t really any competition for campsites during the winter and off season.
If you changed your mind about RV camping here, then you can choose to stay in a cabin instead. Cabin camping is much nicer with furniture, a full bathroom and kitchen, and room to sleep either 6 or 8 people at a time. Cabins are a great choice for family vacations and winter visiting, since they’re available year round and do have electric heating. There are just a few things that you’ll need to bring with you though, such as utensils and linens.
The Lakeside Lodge is yet another great option for family vacations. This is a cottage with three bedrooms that can sleep up to 10 people at once. They are nicely furnished, they have a full kitchen and one and a half bathrooms, and they even have heating and air so that you can be perfectly comfortable. You will need to bring linens, towels, and certain cleaning supplies though.
There are 42 total miles of trails, and there is a trail for everyone. The trails range in length and difficulties, from a casual stroll to an overnight backpacking trip. You can also take bikes and even horses out on some of the trails. There is a lot to see in this park, and you can see a lot of it when you get out on these great trails.
From late May until mid-September, you can go out and enjoy splashing around in the water at the 500 foot sand and turf beach located here in the park. You’ll have a bathhouse located nearby for your convenience, as well as a concession stand. The beach is also ADA accessible, but please swim at your own risk.
Raccoon Lake totals 101 acres, and it has two boat launches and 48 mooring spaces. Only electric motors are acceptable on the lake, and you’ll also need to have your boat registration displayed. If you didn’t bring a boat, you can rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat, or hydrobike from the park.
If you’re looking for a great place to have a picnic, you’ll have plenty of options at this park. There are around 200 picnic tables in total, and they are located all around in various locations of the park. Choose the spot that you think has the best view, and share a meal with loved ones.
Given the park’s namesake, you can be sure that raccoons are common here. Deer and beavers are pretty common too. If you like to go birdwatching, the Audubon Trail is a great place to go to spot warblers and other birds. Just remember not to disturb or feed any wildlife that you come across.
When snow covers the ground, most of the trails become available for cross country skiing, but you should probably avoid any trails that are labeled “most difficult” to avoid trouble. One of the best trails for cross country skiing is the two-mile trail, White Blazes, near and around Heritage Trail.
Ice Skating can be a lot of fun, and you can do it here on the 101 acres of frozen Raccoon Lake. Just be sure to check that the ice is thick enough for it to be safe before venturing out. Once you know that it’s safe, take a friend out on the ice with you and have a great time.
If you’d like to take a snowmobile out, there are two roads that you can do this on here at the park. Those roads are Nichol and Pioneer Camp roads, and together they total four miles. Be cautious while you’re out there though because this area is also open to hunters.
Raccoon Lake may have frozen over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get some fun out of it. Under the surface, the fish are still carrying on with their lives, and you can still try and catch then by drilling a hole and casting a line in the water.
The winter time is a time of deep thought and tranquil silence. So take a deep breath, take it all in, and relax all of those tensions that are bearing down on you. Curl up inside for a while with a warm blanket and a great book or whatever you like.