One of the states largest and most beautiful parks is 7,572-acre Raccoon Creek State Park. It is near the Ohio border in western Pennsylvania, 35 miles west of Pittsburgh, readily accessible from route 18, route 22 and route 30.
Raccoon Creek State Park has beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake in the eastern end with Wildlife Reserve farther east in the park. Frankfort Mineral Springs is near the parks southern mid point off route 18.
The park has camping, hiking, biking, and five pavilions with 500 picnic tables throughout the park. Raccoon Lake welcomes boating, fishing, and swimming. The lake has bluegill, bullhead catfish, crappie, large and smallmouth bass, muskellunge, yellow perch and walleye. Lake feeder streams are stocked with trout by the state fish & game. The lake’s fishing pier is to all anglers.
A 500 foot sand beach is open daily from May to mid- September. Raccoon Lake’s two boat launches have 48 mooring spaces. Boat rental has canoes, hydro bikes, kayaks and rowboats. Bail tackle and refreshments are available at a beach area food concession operating Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Hunting is permitted in season following state regulations. Common game includes grouse, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, turkey, and white tailed deer.
Frankfort Mineral Springs is a historic site of a nationally known 1800’s health spa. Drawing thousands of visitors believing in the mineral waters healing powers until destroyed by fire in 1932. A cave like formation in a U shape form small waterfalls from a surface creek. Underground springs emerge opposite the creek. Some believe the waters possess medicinal properties.
Edward McGinnis founded the health resort in the mid 19th century atop a hill, now Raccoon Creek State Park. In its prime it featured a hotel, dance hall, livery stable, and guest cottages, ruins still existing for exploration.
Wildlife Reserve’s is in the eastern section of Raccoon Creek State Park. Its 314 acres has over 700 species of plants with trails leading along Raccoon Creek through oak hickory forest, pine plantations, woodland meadows, and flood plain forest. Wildflower blooms may be enjoyed throughout growing season with peak blooms in late April and August.
3000 Route 18
Hookstown PA is a borough of 147 in a mere 0.14 square miles. Route 168 travels through the community, 1.5 miles north of Lincoln Highway, route 30.
Pittsburgh International Airport is 18 miles east of Raccoon Creek State Park. In the western suburbs of Pittsburgh this civil-military international airport is the states second busiest airport. It’s the 47th busiest in the US serving 8,041,357 passengers in 2012.
Raccoon Creek State Park is almost a 5 hour drive of 300 miles from Rochester NY. Drive west on I-90 to Erie PA then US 79 toward Pittsburgh, US 376 west and route 30 west then route 16 south following signs to Raccoon Creek State Park.
One visitor made the following comment of the park
“Very family friendly. There is a bath house there with toilets, showers, and changing rooms.”