Raccoon Creek State Park Lake-Forest Loop Trail

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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This loop explores both lakeside and uplandforest habitats. On a hot day, the trail near the lake can be muggy and a little buggy; the second portion has some hill climbing. Bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in the lake after the hike. At 7,572 acres, Raccoon Creek State Park is one of the largest state parks in Pennsylvania. It began in the 1930s as the Raccoon Creek National Recreation Demonstration Area, created by the National Park Service and developed with sweat equity from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). These groups built some of the still-existing recreation facilities and provided conservation planning and labor.

Raccoon Creek State Park: Lake-Forest Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This loop explores both lakeside and uplandforest habitats. On a hot day, the trail near the lake can be muggy and a little buggy; the second portion has some hill climbing. Bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in the lake after the hike. At 7,572 acres, Raccoon Creek State Park is one of the largest state parks in Pennsylvania.

It began in the 1930s as the Raccoon Creek National Recreation Demonstration Area, created by the National Park Service and developed with sweat equity from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). These groups built some of the still-existing recreation facilities and provided conservation planning and labor."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pittsburgh
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 950 feet
Top Elevation: 1,250 feet
Local Contacts: Racoon Creek State Park
Local Maps: USGS Hookstown
Driving Directions: Directions to Raccoon Creek State Park: Lake-Forest Loop Trail

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May 2018