In Central Pennsylvania, Canoe Creek State Park offers opportunities for visitors to experience the great outdoors—on the lake or on land. With over 950 acres, there is plenty of room to explore and enjoy. There are 12 miles of beautiful, winding trails to enjoy at Canoe Creek State Park.
Trails run through forests, fields, wetlands, shrubby areas, the lakeshore, and even historic sites. Trails vary in length and difficulty. For visitors with horses, there are specifically designated equestrian trail loops through the northern section of the park.
Horseback riding is only allowed on the designated trails. For cyclists, there is a one-mile trail that runs from the park boundary at the highway to the scenic day-use area. There is also a 16.5-mile Lower Trail at the nearby Juanita River. The trailhead is within a mile of the park. Bikes are not allowed on hiking or equestrian trails.
During the winter season, visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating, and sledding. All trails open for hiking, equestrian, and biking use are open for cross-country skiing. Ice thickness is not monitored or groomed for skating conditions, so all ice skating on the lake and two ponds is at own risk.
For sledding, there is a hill near the Wentz Education Center that makes a great place to sled when snow levels are adequate. For guests interested in staying the night, the park has cabins available for rental all year-round. The cabins are heated and have two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and living/dining room. A fire ring and picnic table are outside of each cabin.
Pets are permitted in Canoe Creek State Park in day-use areas and all other areas not off-limits to pets. Dogs are not allowed inside swimming areas or inside buildings. Dogs have to remain under control at all times, either on a leash or inside a crate. Tethering your dog or leaving them unattended is not allowed.
If you are in Central Pennsylvania and looking to get out for the day or the weekend, bring your family and furry friends to Canoe Creek State Park.