Best Hikes in Yellow Creek State Park
There are three main hiking trails in Yellow Creek State Park totalling about six miles in length. The major Kittanning Path passes through a section of the park and day walkers are welcome to try a stretch of this historic hiking trail. If you're planning to try all the hikes in the park you may want to stay overnight in one of the modern Yellow Creek State Park cabins.
1. Damsite Trail
This is a three mile out-and-back style trail that runs along the south-east corner of the lake. The trail is fairly flat and provides excellent views of Yellow Creek Lake.
2. Ridge Top Trail
A 2.3-mile loop trail that takes hikers through natural woods and up a short but steep path to the ridge. The trail offers lovely views across the state park from the top of the ridge. The rest of the trail is flat and the hike is rated as moderate in difficulty.
3. Laurel Run Trail
The shortest trail in the park at just 0.75-miles in length, this is an ideal trail for the whole family. This trail follows along Laurel Run Creek providing excellent views of the creek and surrounding forest. There are benches at short intervals along the trail for those requiring a rest or wanting to soak in their surroundings.
Best Family Activities in Yellow Creek State Park
This is a great park for a family weekend away thanks to a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Spend a few days relaxing and having fun in this park by staying in Yellow Creek State Park cabins.
1. Ice Skating
In the winter months a small lake near the boat rental shed is used for ice skating. The ice is generally very thick and smooth. There are picnic tables and fire pits nearby for those don't want to skate or need to warm up.
This park has a number of swimming beaches that are perfect for young kids with shallow and safe water.
There are a few hills in the park that are ideal for sledding in winter. Kids and adults alike will love speeding down the gentle slopes on their own sled, or you can hire one from several places in the park.