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Street Address: 16362 Little Valley Road James Creek, PA 16657-9302
Mailing Address: c/o Canoe Creek State Park 205 Canoe Creek Road Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9752
Park Manager: Joseph Basil
Contact Info: 814-658-3847
troughcreeksp@pa.gov
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Park Alerts ( 3 Alerts )

  • General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

    To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

    • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

    • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

    • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

    • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

    Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

    More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.

  • Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Park Description

The 554-acre Trough [troff] Creek State Park is a scenic gorge formed as Great Trough Creek cuts through Terrace Mountain and empties into Raystown Lake. Rugged hiking trails lead to wonders like Balanced Rock and Rainbow Falls. Rothrock State Forest and Raystown Lake Recreation Area border the park, making a large, contiguous area of public land for recreation.

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    • Trough Creek Campground
      Season : 6 Months
      Restroom : Rustic
      Campsites : 29 Sites
      Electric : Yes
      Pets Allowed : Yes
      ADA Accessible : Yes
      Please be aware that only designated sites have electric, allow pets and are ADA accessible.
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    • To Cemetary
      Easiest 0.14 miles
      Cemetery: 0.28-miles, orange blazes, moderate hiking\r\nStarting at the Paradise Furnace ruins, this trail crosses a small stream on a wooden bridge then begins a moderate climb to an old Paradise Furnace cemetery. This delightful trail passes a small waterfall and ends at an old cemetery.
    • Nicholas Crum
      Easiest 0.64 miles
    • Boulder Trail
      More Difficult 0.37 miles
      Boulder: 1.05-mile, red blazes, moderate hiking\r\nStarting at Ice Mine, Boulder Trail follows an old logging road up the mountain through beautiful Rothrock State Forest and is moderately steep. The scenic and winding trail crosses Terrace Mountain Road above the campground, then descends to the suspension bridge parking area. The trail name is derived from the many boulders along the trail.\r\n\r\n
    • Boulder Trail
      More Difficult 0.42 miles
      Boulder: 1.05-mile, red blazes, moderate hiking\r\nStarting at Ice Mine, Boulder Trail follows an old logging road up the mountain through beautiful Rothrock State Forest and is moderately steep. The scenic and winding trail crosses Terrace Mountain Road above the campground, then descends to the suspension bridge parking area. The trail name is derived from the many boulders along the trail.\r\n\r\n
    • Abbot Run
      More Difficult 0.70 miles
      Abbot Run: 0.18-miles, white blazes, moderate hiking\r\nBeginning at the Rainbow Falls Bridge, this trail follows Abbot Run up out of Great Trough Creek Gorge past the trail to Balanced Rock. The trail crosses the stream twice, providing surprising changes in scenery, before ending on Old Forge Road.\r\n\r\n
    • Terrace Mountain Trail
      More Difficult 1.07 miles
    • Copperas Rock Trail
      More Difficult 0.41 miles
      Copperas Rock: 0.43-mile, red blazes, moderate hiking\r\nStarting along Trough Creek Drive at Copperas Rock, this trail climbs a fairly steep and rocky slope through oak and hemlock trees and ends on Ledges Trail. You can make a nice 2.5-mile loop by following Ledges Trail to Abbot Run Trail, descending to Rainbow Falls and following Rhododendron Trail back to Copperas Rock Trail just above the parking lot.\r\n\r\n
    • Brumbaugh Trail
      More Difficult 0.07 miles
      Brumbaugh: 2.4-miles, orange blazes, difficult hiking\r\nStarting at Balanced Rock, this trail rises and falls through spectacular forest scenery along the hillsides and ridges of Rothrock State Forest land. From a large opening atop one of the higher ridges there is a beautiful view of Raystown Lake. This trail ends along Old Forge Road and Terrace Mountain Trail below the old park dam. \r\n\r\n
    • Laurel Run Trail
      More Difficult 0.08 miles
      Laurel Run: 1.8 miles, green blazes, moderate hiking\r\nStarting along Trough Creek Drive where it crosses Laurel Run, this scenic trail follows Laurel Run between two ridges and into state forest land, then crosses Terrace Mountain Road and ends with a moderate incline to Boulder Trail. It meanders across Laurel Run numerous times by way of eight rustic bridges. This trail is very scenic and lends itself well to wildlife viewing.\r\n\r\n
    • Raven Rock Trail
      More Difficult 0.29 miles
      Raven Rock: 0.32-mile, yellow blazes, moderate hiking\r\nThis trail starts near the upper end of Abbot Run Trail. It takes you by the geologic wonder, Balanced Rock, and finally ends up along Trough Creek at Raven Rock where you will need to retrace your steps to Balanced Rock. Raven Rock is the cliff site that local legend says was a favorite nesting site for ravens.\r\n\r\n
    • Ledges Trail
      More Difficult 0.83 miles
      Ledges: 0.91-mile, blue blazes, moderate hiking\r\nThis trail starts at Trough Creek Drive below the park office and ends at Abbot Run Trail. The highlight of this trail is the panoramic view of the Great Trough Creek gorge from several lookouts. This trail passes the ruins of the old Paradise Furnace schoolhouse.\r\n\r\n
    • Terrace Mountain Trail
      More Difficult 0.17 miles
      The Terrace Mountain Trail traverses the entire eastern side of Raystown Lake, running from Weaver's Falls to Corbin’s Bridge. The trail is accessible in five locations, excluding the beginning and ending points. They include: Lake Raystown Resort, Tatman Run Recreation Area, Trough Creek State Park, the intersection of John Bum and Fink Roads in the Rothrock Forest, and Hawn's Road which ends at Gate 1. The trail is 30 miles in length. http://raystown.nab.usace.army.mil/Activities/terrace_mountain_trail.htm

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