Summer, sand and surf are the feel good trifecta that makes it possible to get through a long, hard winter. By now tans are in full force, the beach bag never leaves the car and you’ve heard Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO at least a hundred thousand times at various parties, barbeques and other outdoor soirées. But it’s the end of July now, summer is winding down. The back to school to school displays are up at Target.
It’s almost that time. Didn’t you just say the other day, “I can’t believe it’s the end of July”?
Don’t dig out those sweaters just yet, there is still plenty of warm weather left and plenty to do outdoors before winter forces us inside our domiciles resigned to playing Wii tennis until next April. Raccoon Creek State Park is a great place to get all the element of the perfect summer day in one scenic location.
If you haven’t figured it out by now (and I am sure you have because you are s-m-a-r-t!) Exploring Pittsburgh is a column about discovering the ins and outs of Pittsburgh from the perspective of a writer that is completely new to the area. Raccoon Creek State Park is outside of the immediate Pittsburgh area, but it’s a destination far too decadent to not write about.
Raccoon Creek State Park is a breath taking 7,572 acre slice of heaven about 40 minutes northwest of the city of Pittsburgh in southern Beaver County. Accessing the park is a breeze because PA 18 runs directly through the park.
The park host a bevy of recreational opportunities such as hiking, trail biking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, organized group cabin camps, organized group tenting, backpacking, cabins and camping. When the inevitable happens and the snow starts to fall and the ground freezes over, they also offer winter activities such as cross-country skiing and ice skating. But let’s get back to summer.
The beaches are picture perfect and there are areas of the park that are so quiet, it’s almost alarming. Wildlife scurries about free and uninhibited and butterflies, huge butterflies, flutter by in no particular rush to go anywhere. This park is an oasis for all.
If you want more information on Raccoon Creek State Park, and hopefully you do, you can visit their website @ http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/raccooncreek.aspx#directions Better yet, get into your car and plug this address (3000 State Route 18 Hookstown, PA 15050-1605) into your GPS and drive. You won’t be disappointed.