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Horseback Riding at Raccoon Creek State Park

16 miles of equestrian trails

Multi-use trails and roads provide horseback riders with an extensive bridle trail system. The equestrian trailhead parking lot is along PA 168 on the western border of the park. Access to the trail system is from the parking lot via the Appaloosa Spur Trail.

There are no horse rentals.

Multi-use Trails

8.7 miles, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking permitted

Appaloosa Trail

3 miles, yellow blazes

This main equestrian trail can be accessed via the equestrian parking lot off of PA 168 and the connecting Appaloosa Spur Trail. The trail winds along rolling forested hills of maples, oaks, hickory, and cherry. The trail passes an old homestead and spring house. Connector Trail 4 (hiking only) leads to the Pioneer backpacking campsites, Connector Trail 5 (multi-use) leads to the Pioneer Group Tenting areas and Pioneer Road.

Appaloosa Spur

0.7 mile, yellow blazes

This trail connects the Equestrian Trailhead parking lot on PA 168 to the Appaloosa Trail.

Buckskin Trail

1 mile, yellow blazes

The Buckskin Trailhead on Nichol Road provides access to Camp Trail, Pinto Loop Trail, and Heritage Trail. The trail passes through a steep, densely forested stream valley.

Nichol Road

3.5 miles

This road serves as the gateway to most of the trails in the western section of the park. Several loop hikes of varying lengths can be created using Nichol Road and connecting trails. Snowmobiling is permitted weather dependent.

Palomino Trail

1.1 miles, yellow blazes

Palomino Trail follows an old roadbed for most of its length. It begins and ends on Nichol Road.

Pinto Loop

1.7 miles, yellow blazes

Pinto Loop Trail has very little elevation change. The wide path passes through a mix of forest meadows. These features make it an excellent cross-country skiing trail.

Pioneer Camp Road

0.7 mile

Pioneer Road connects Nichol Road to the Pioneer Group Tenting Sites. Rider’s Ridge picnic area is near the intersection of Pioneer and Nichol roads.