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Raccoon Creek SP 1-2 Nighter

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Robert Kelly aka Q.


I’ve not been to Raccoon Creek State Park, but now I will get to check it out during a time of year when it may not be too busy. There are multiple trails and a designated backcountry campsite called Pioneer.

For Friday 2/24/23, I have reserved tent sites #2 and #3 at the Sioux primitive campground, that you can drive into, though only 2 vehicles are allowed to park at each site. We can figure out how to handle that once I see who/how many sign up. There is potable water there, picnic tables, fire rings. Check in is 3 PM or later. I’ll get there at 3 PM to greet other Friday night campers.

On Saturday after a relaxed breakfast, we will pack up and move any vehicles out of the Sioux campground to our departure point at the Camp Trail Parking Area (40.50836, -80.43870) with the plan to be hiking at 10:30 AM in a clockwise direction on the main backpacking loop at Raccoon Creek. Join us there/then if you are not coming in on Friday. It is about 5 miles on trail to the Pioneer camp where we will spend Saturday night. I have reserved tent sites #2 and #3 at Pioneer. No water source there, so we will need to tank up on the way. There is a good stream about halfway to Pioneer.

On Sunday, after a relaxed breakfast, we will pack up and continue clockwise on trail about 3.5 miles to the parking lot.

Please follow LNT principles in your trip planning and execution. The trip list can be expanded to more than 8 if someone wants to reserve additional sites. In the event of significant snow cover, the itinerary may be modified.

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