Yellow Creek State Park
There are over 25 miles of multi-use trails within the state park. The official park-named trails consist of Paul Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Simpson Trail, Damsite Trail, Black Hawk Trail, Stake Church Trail and Handlers Long Haul Trail. Each trail segment is marked and coordinated with the park map, making navigation easy.
The Yellow Creek Loop is over 90% singletrack and consists of nearly 21 miles of sustainable, well-groomed/well-marked trails encircling Yellow Creek Lake enjoyable by beginners and experts alike. This ride provides multiple out-and-back opportunities without having to commit to the entire loop. The singletrack winds through mostly forested areas and contains over 2000′ of climbing. Known for its combination of flow, climbing and technical terrain, the essential definition of a classic ride, the trail system can be accessed at multiple locations throughout this Pennsylvania State Park.
Thanks to the leadership and hard work of AJ Kindya and Aaron Kovach, the following trails were all created by LHORBA and account for 85% of the singletrack trails within the park: Paul, Simpson, Billy Goat, Black Hawk, and Handler’s Long Haul. In addition, LHORBA was responsible for improvements and large extensions to the preexisting Damsite and Stake Church trails, as well as all of the signage and most bridges. LHORBA has a strong partnership with Friends of Yellow Creek to facilitate fundraising for tools and materials, and also helps with volunteering efforts.
The south shore Day Use Area is great place for you to start your riding experience and provides plenty of parking, water, picnic areas, restrooms, and other family activities. While on the south shore, riders will enjoy fairly smooth and twisty singletrack. The north shore provides riders with more technical riding and typically the driest trails. In general, the western portion of the park will provide pleasure to those seeking climbing opportunities. Most of the trail segments can be ridden in either direction, with a clockwise direction of travel being a preferred method of travel while performing the entire loop. Your feet will get wet crossing the spillway below the dam unless you do an out-and-back ride. Both directions around the lake are rideable, with the clockwise direction being the preferred route.
Other park activities include camping within and near the park, boating, boat rentals, canoe & kayak rentals, fishing, swimming, hunting, picnicking, orienteering and hiking. Please be respectful of other users.
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