Pittsburgh October 13, 2017
The One Hikeable Lake Near Pittsburgh That’s Simply Breathtaking In The Fall
Autumn is just the perfect time of the year, isn’t it? Not too hot. Not too cold. Besides spring, it’s arguably one of the best times of the year to spend outdoors. Pack a picnic, bring some water, and travel to Raccoon Creek State Park, the ideal spot for hiking near Pittsburgh in the fall.
Enjoy the spectacular colors of fall as you drive along the winding roads from Pittsburgh to Raccoon Creek State Park in Hookstown.
Raccoon Creek State Park spans across more than 7,500 acres. The masterpiece of the park, however, just might be the sparkling 100-acre Raccoon Lake.
Of the more than two dozen hiking trails that meander through the park, five trails travel along the lake.
The Beach Trail, the shortest trail at less than half a mile, promises beautiful views. The trail leads from the beach at Raccoon Lake to the campgrounds.
For a bit more lengthy and challenging hike, consider the nearly two mile Lake Trail. Stroll alongside Traverse Creek toward Raccoon Lake.
Keep an eye out for whispers of the past, including what remains of an 1800's spring house and gristmills.
Stop for a leisurely picnic at one of the picnic tables scattered throughout the park. Other popular autumn activities include mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, and fishing.
Raccoon Creek State Park will host a fall foliage hike on October 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. The one-mile hike will be led by a seasoned guide.
For a more spooky adventure, visit the park on October 21 at 7 p.m. The Halloween Night Hike, led by a guide, will give hikers a glimpse of the wildlife that comes out at night.
Raccoon Creek State Park
Hookstown, PA 15050
Click here for more information.
Are you ready to go hiking near Pittsburgh?
Click here to read about other picturesque hikes in and near Pittsburgh.
OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.