DOTW: Clear Creek State Park, PA

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DOTW: Clear Creek State Park, PA
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Clear Creek State Park encompasses 1,676.29 acres in Jefferson County. The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River.

Cabins and Yurts: From the second Friday in April until the third Friday in December, Clear Creek State Park rents twenty-two rustic cabins and two yurts. The cabins and yurts must be rented for one week, except in the spring and fall rental season. One cabin sleeps eight people. One cabin sleeps six people. The rest of the cabins and yurts sleep four people. Extra cots are not available

A wood stove or propane heater heats the cabins. The yurts have electric heat. Other minimal furnishings include: single bunk beds, chairs, tables, electric range, electric refrigerator and electric lights. Firewood is not provided. Frost-free water faucets are outside. Two shower houses are nearby. One cabin is accessible.

Camping: Fifty-three tent and trailer campsites are available in a beautiful woodland setting. Non-flush toilets and a sanitary dump station are provided. The area is open from the second Friday in April through the third Friday in December. Access is not guaranteed during severe winter weather. Check weather conditions by calling the park office. Also located beside the camping areas is a 9-hole disc golf course and a concrete basketball court. Two campsites are accessible.

Canoeing: The Clarion River provides excellent canoeing especially during the spring and fall. The river is a class “C” waterway with an average downward flow of four miles per hour.

A popular canoe trip, lasting about 4.5 hours, is the ten-mile trip from Clear Creek to Cook Forest State Park. Rental canoes are available from commercial sources outside of the park. No boat launching permits are required. A canoe launching area is available near the cabin area.

Swimming: The 180-foot sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming when lifeguards are off-duty. The swimming beach is in a small man-made lake. Soda machines are nearby.

Hiking: 25 miles of trails

There are about 25 miles of well-maintained trails through the park. A 0.5-mile exercise trail is in the large cabin area. Rhododendron and mountain laurel abound throughout the park and many varieties of wildlife, including deer, bear, turkey and grouse inhabit the park.

Picnicking: The park provides over 300 picnic tables, and fireplaces and restrooms for picnickers. Five picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. One picnic pavilion is accessible.

Fishing: Stocked and native brook trout are found in Clear Creek. The Clarion River has smallmouth bass and many species of panfish and trout. Nearby streams provide good fishing for trout.

Winter Activities: Sledding and Tobogganing: There is a slope of almost two acres on the pipeline near Shelter 3.

Cross-country Skiing: A three-mile cross-country ski trail uses portions of Truby, Sawmill, Clear Creek and Ox Shoe trails to make a loop.

During the summer months, an environmental educator presents guided walks, hands-on activities and evening campfire programs in the camping area, and is also available to explain and interpret the natural phenomena of the park.

A visitor center with logging and nature exhibits is open spring through fall. The Ox Shoe Self-guiding Historical Trail is quite popular and takes about one hour of leisurely walking to complete. Hikers will discover the logging history of the Black Forest of Pennsylvania.

Access for People with DisabilitiesAccessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. Accessible restrooms are in the Pipeline Picnic Area.

The first public campsites at Clear Creek were opened in 1922. In May 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) greatly expanded the recreational facilities. By the time they departed in 1937, they had built the cabins, the swimming area, the food concession building, restrooms, trails, bridges and roads.

For More Information Contact:

Clear Creek State Park

RR 1 Box 82

Sigel, PA 15860-9502


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