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Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown

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Raccoon Creek State Park has continued to develop from the park’s beginning as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s, to one of the largest and most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania. Facilities at the park are a mix from the early Civilian Conservation Corps camp to modern facilities. In addition to recreational areas, there are large tracts of undeveloped land. The 7,572-acre park features the beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake, the famous Wildflower Reserve,the historic Frankfort Mineral Springs, and 44 miles of scenic trails.
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  • We tent camped over Memorial Day weekend. The park was beautiful. We rented a canoe and the staff there were really nice. The only downside were the bathrooms. The campground was booked fully and the ...  more »
  • We live 30 minutes from the park so needless to stay we've spent countless hours at this park. After years and years we still enjoy it's beauty. Great fishing, Hiking and beach for the kids. Never get...  more »
  • I love Raccoon Creek State Park! After reading the many and varied reviews, I felt the need to speak up. I camp there every year. If you have complaints about camping at Raccoon, you don't know how to...  more »
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  • I camped here for three nights. Very scenic, nice hiking trails, lovely lake, I was able to rent a kayak for an hour and it was only $10, the guys running the boat rental were very pleasant. My camping experience wasn't so great. The site was a mud pit, I've gone to state and national parks in the past where they've move me to a different site due to condition, not this one, I actually got my car stuck in the mud. The previous campers had left plastic bottles and beer cans in the fire pit. I couldn't find anywhere to buy firewood or ice on-site, signage was terrible, signs were posted saying the beach concessions were open so I drove there (several miles) to find its closed during the week until mid June, so why are the open signs out?!?! The bathrooms at the campsite were not cleaned once in the four days I was there. Some of the trailheads were difficult to get to and there's limited parking. On the plus side, I saw two bald eagles close up, so that was cool.
  • I love this park. So much to do here. Great hiking trails. Horse back. Kayaking fishing camping waterfalls. Huge lake.
  • Great places to hike, swim, and camp! It's a great place to go with family and friends. I've had lots of fun each time I've gone there
  • Great park with a lot of hiking options. Two backpacking shelter/tent sites that are extremely cheap to use, along with a plethora of car and cabin style camping options. Additionally the are 3 sites for organizations to rent for events and activities that are far less than private options. Wildflower reserve is awesome, and there's an interesting mineral springs/waterfall to discover. Beware the trails that allow horses when there's been rain, the mud is difficult, I've almost lost a boot to deep mud. My only complaint is this location is lacking in day use area for children, only some swings at the beach, and a playground for camping users only.
  • The water is a bit murky, it's a lake. My kids love the "beach" though. It's fun to pack a picnic lunch and watch the kids swim. There are no lifeguards.