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Trough Creek State Park

R.R. 1, Box 211, James Creek, PA 16657
814-658-3847
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Type: State Parks
Activities: Camping, Picnicking
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Philadelphia, Pa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stopped at this park in the rain as a stop off on a four hour cruise around the area. Even in the rain, it was a short walk (albeit a bit slippery) to see the bridge and falls and well worth the leg stretching. Free and though it was quick for us, could easily spend hours exploring other trails.

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Saxton, Pennsylvania, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The small state park offers hiking trails, bike trails and picnic areas. Hikes to see the ice mine, balanced rock, and the swinging bridge are a must. Kids should have wading sneakers to explore the streams. Our family is now grown, but it was a favorite of ours for an evening picnic every summer for years. Now we take friends... More

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Erwinna, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I grew up not far from here (about an hour's drive) and never knew it existed. I am happy we finally discovered it even though we now live about 5 hours away. We visited with 8 kids (aged 5-12) and it was a great place for family hiking. We only had one day when we were here this past summer,... More

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Boonsboro, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We took a couple of hours to explore the park and it was beautiful with the changing leaves. The little trek up to the Balancing Rock was beautiful and charming. Very easy hike for any fitness level except for maybe a sharp, steep turn or two near the top. The suspension bridge is not awe inspiring, but is fun to... More

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PA
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24 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We visited this park as part of a day-trip to the lake. Enjoyed the Ice Mine, scenic rock formations & trails. Both kids (9 & 15 year-old) enjoyed poking around the trails near the creek & Balanced Rock. The 'movie-inspired' swaying suspension bridge was a hit also! If you're at the lake, this park is worth the side trip!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had a lovely pitch in the park. Trails were very manageable for 2 adults and 2 kids. We picnicked and swam at nearby Raystown Lake. Quiet, peaceful park.

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Epwell, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We were staying at Lake Raystown and took the opportunity to do a bit of trekking in this park as it was only a few miles away. Great fun (especially the suspension bridge). Do be aware of the hunting season though. You will come across signs warning you not to enter parts of the park unless you are wearing fluorescent... More

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Williamsburg, Va
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47 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We traveled there on motorcycles and it was a great trip through the mountains. Balanced rock was nice to view (sad that people had to add graffiti) and also Rainbow Falls. Very serene and peaceful up there. The bathroom facilities were also clean.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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114 reviews 114 reviews
29 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Stayed at the Trough Creek Lodge with family. Fortunate for them, they still get 4 more days there. Trough Creek is beautiful. Rainbow Falls, Balanced Rock, great trails. Only complaint is the trails aren't marked the greatest which is what knocked this down from a 5 to a 4. Don't let it discourage you though. This is a great part... More

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Pittsburgh, Pa
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56 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We LOVE this park! It’s scenic and the waterfalls and path leading to the balanced rock make great photo opportunities. The ice mine is another interesting attraction. On our most recent visit we discovered a sign with information that it was being eaten by porcupines! My husband enjoys fishing here while the kids and I like hiking the many trails.... More

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