Pittsburgh June 20, 2017
The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Pittsburgh Like Never Before
Start planning your summer itinerary with an epic beaches road trip near Pittsburgh. Sure, we don’t have sprawling beaches that lead into the cool, salty water of the ocean, but just outside of Pittsburgh and a bit beyond, lie beautiful sand beaches leading into shimmering lakes. Ready for a road trip? Off we go!
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Stave off the heat and humidity of a traditional Pittsburgh summer by hitting the road on this beaches road trip that will take you to some of the most beautiful spots in Western Pennsylvania. Follow the itinerary to the letter. Customize it for your needs or use it as inspiration to create your own summer road trip.
1. Conneaut Lake – Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania 16316
Gas up your car and hit the road for the little more than 90 mile trip to Conneaut Lake, an idyllic spot to start this epic beaches road trip. Spend your day lounging in the sun. Play beach volleyball. Picnic along the shore of the shimmering spring-fed lake or ride a few of the attractions at the New Conneaut Lake Park.
2. Moraine State Park – 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16051
Head south to your next destination: The sandy beaches of Moraine State Park. Both beaches - the 1,200 foot Pleasant Valley Beach and the 550 foot Lakeview Beach - lead into Lake Arthur. Both beaches feature changing rooms and concession stands that sell food and drinks. If you prefer spending time on the water instead of in the water, rent a boat or fish in the lake.
3. Raccoon Creek State Park – 3000 PA-18, Hookstown, PA 15050
Spread your beach towel in the grass or in the soft sand of the 500 foot beach at Raccoon Creek State Park, only 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Pack a picnic lunch or buy goodies from the concession stand that sells food and drinks. Explore Raccoon Lake on a hydrobike, a kayak, or a canoe. Go fishing. Or, hike through the sprawling state park.
4. Keystone State Park – 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627
Next stop: Keystone State Park. Picnic under the shade of a tree at Keystone State Park, indulging in hot and cold foods from the seasonal concession stand. Then enjoy a leisurely swim in Keystone Lake or explore the water aboard a rented boat, kayak, or canoe. Keystone State Park - like Moraine State Park and Raccoon Creek State Park - offers both rustic and modern camping so you can enjoy as many days as you'd like at the beach.
5. Laurel Hill State Park – 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501
Your final stop on this epic road trip is at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset. Swim or float in the cool water, which reaches five feet at its deepest, but stay in the clearly marked swimming area. Enjoy a meal or a snack from the concession stand before hitting the cozy Laurel Hill Lake on a boat, a kayak, or a canoe. Or, play an impromptu game of beach volleyball.
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