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Raccoon Creek State Park

Raccoon Creek State Park is one of Pennsylvania’s largest and most visited state parks. It began as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s during the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era. The park encompasses 7,572 acres and features the beautiful 100-acre Raccoon Lake. Facilities are a mix of modern and rustic with group camps from the CCC era.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

 

Directions

Raccoon Creek State Park is in southern Beaver County. Access the park from the east and west on US 30, or from the north and south on PA 18, which passes directly through the park.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.50353  Long. -80.42473

 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Wildflower Reserve

The Wildflower Reserve contains one of the most diverse stands of wildflowers in western Pennsylvania -- more than700 species of plants. To learn more, visit Wildlife Watching.

Top 10 Activities at Raccoon Creek

  1. Take a hike! The park has 42 miles of trails to choose from.
  2. Catch some sun at the beach and stop by the concession for ice cream.
  3. Explore the 101-acre Raccoon Lake by kayak, canoe, row boat, or hydrobike.
  4. Enjoy a stroll through the Wildflower Reserve.
  5. Set up camp in the modern campground.
  6. Learn something new by attending an environmental education program.
  7. Go fish! Spend a day fishing for trout, panfish, bass, carp, or walleye in Raccoon Lake, Traverse Creek, Raccoon Creek, or the upper lake.
  8. Explore the Frankfort Mineral Springs and discover the history of the “healing” waters.
  9. Stay in comfort by renting a cabin or the Lakeside Lodge.
  10. Take advantage of the almost 7,000 acres open to hunting for small game, deer, and turkey.

Doak Field

The area near the western edge of the park is named for Robert Doak who was born in Ireland in 1750 and immigrated to eastern Pennsylvania with his brothers in 1767. In 1772, he arrived here and began homesteading until enlisting in the Colonial Army during the Revolutionary War in 1776.

After the war, he left the army and met and married Sarah McKibben. Their 800-acre homestead was soon busy with ten children helping with the many chores. The farm was handed down to Robert and Sarah’s descendants. The last Doak to live on the farm was Emma, who married Victor Nickles.

The farm house, barn, and other buildings are gone. However, the current building stands on the original barn foundation from the early 1800s.

Today, Doak Field is the site of many park programs about outdoor recreation and local history. Call the Wildlife Reserve Interpretive Center at 724-899-3611 for additional informaiton.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops also are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center.

Programs are offered year round. The center has exhibits and brochures about natural history and historic areas of the park. Contact the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center at 724-899-3611 for additional information.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

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Raccoon Creek State Park