Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown, Pennsylvania

We pulled into this campground after a beautiful drive through West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Lush and abound with trees, this park is fairly enormous and offers a playground of amenities for campers to enjoy. With six different campground loops, each loop offers slightly different accommodations in regards to pets, so check carefully as you make your site specific reservation. Sites here vary; some offer 50 amp electricity, others are dry camping. Some allow pets, others do not. Site pads are paved in Loops A, B, E, and F. Gravel pads or just grass parking is what you will find in Loops C and D. All sites vary in length from 20 feet to 78 feet, so a big rig certainly will fit here. Interior roads are paved in the A, B, E, and F loops, and rough and unpaved in the C and D loops. All sites are wooded, shady, and spacious. We once again were thrilled to find such a gem of a park and realized,
again, how dilapidated our home state of California parks can be. Within camp you will find showers, an amphitheater and chapel, a playground, and hiking trails. Some hiking trails lead you to beautiful falls. Others lead you to Raccoon Lake, a beautiful man made lake that is surrounded by trees. We hiked to this lake, however if you would rather drive, large parking lots are available for campers and day use visitors. We were stunned by the lake, its beauty, and the fun activities to enjoy! We felt almost like we had stumbled upon the resort Baby and her family stay at in Dirty Dancing; a treat for us Californians. At the lake you can enjoy the beach, get lunch or hand-dipped ice cream at the burger shack, or enjoy the lake itself via swimming, fishing, or watercraft rentals. A privatized kiosk offers reasonable rentals of paddle boat style bikes, motorized boats, canoes, and kayaks. We enjoyed pedaling our way around the lake on the water bikes. Also at the lake's edge you will find many picnic areas, a playground, and a large, grassy playfield. Hunting during season in permitted areas is also allowed. This was a pleasant and fun stop along our way, just an hour or so out of Pittsburgh.

Location
Best Sites: Loop A, B, E, F
Poor Sites: Loop C, D
Hookups: Electric
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes

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