Formerly a small logging town, Clear Creek State Park has grown into a hugely popular local attraction, offering myriad opportunities for exercise and enjoyment. With several preserved structures to explore, this park has something for everyone. Clear Creek State Park offers 25 miles of hiking trails, beginning in the beautiful Clear Creek Valley and following the Clear Creek as it winds around and over the surrounding hillsides.
These trails lead to several scenic overlooks that provide some stunning views of the Clarion River. A lot of these paths follow long-abandoned roads or repurposed rail lines, and offer a glimpse into the distant past. Dogs are allowed on all of these trails throughout the warmer months, as long as they are on an 8-foot leash or shorter.
Once cold weather hits, these trails are often repurposed for several winter sports. Make sure to check the Pennsylvania DNR website for up-to-date information if you'd like to take your canine on the trails during this period. A 180-foot sand beach surrounds Clear Creek and offers great swimming opportunities during the warmer months.
While swimming is free, no lifeguard staff is on hand to help in case of emergency. Swimming is done at guests' risks. In addition to swimming, Clear Creek is stocked with trout annually. Fishing requires no license in this park, so feel free to come and enjoy the hunt. The Clarion River that feeds Clear Creek also provides some great fishing opportunities.
If you would like to bring your canine to the shore, they need to stay on an 8-foot leash or shorter. Owners are asked to avoid public swimming areas during the summer months. If you're more into hunting, there are several established seasons to come and enjoy. Favorite game species in Clear Creek State Park include bear, deer, turkey, and squirrel. Dog training is permitted during designated periods.