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Southwest Region
Trough Creek State Park
Trough Creek State Park © Trent Gutshall
Trough Creek State Park © Trent Gutshall
16362 Little Valley Road
James Creek, Pennsylvania   16657

Phone: 814-658-3847
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
The 554-acre Trough [troff] Creek State Park is a scenic gorge created 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.
This renovated two-story stone mansion is available for rental year-round. Originally constructed in the mid-1800s as an ironmaster?s home, it has a modern eat-in-kitchen, two bathrooms, four bedrooms and central heat. The lodge has spacious porches, yard areas and sits atop a hill overlooking Paradise Furnace. The lodge is fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Camping: 32 sites, all with electricty

The cozy camping area accommodates any size camper and has a rustic restroom with no showers. Each site has an electric hookup, picnic table, campfire ring and separate tent pad. A sanitary dump station is next to the park office. Camping is open from the second Friday in April through the middle of December.

Five picnic areas throughout the park provide a variety of scenic table sites. One large picnic pavilion and two smaller ones may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. A fourth small picnic pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms, hand pump wells and activity areas are in some picnic areas.

The park serves as a trailhead for trails on Rothrock State Forest lands. Parking and restrooms are provided in the park. A snowmobile trail map is available from the park office.
Area Attractions
For information on nearby attractions, contact: Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, 888-RAYSTOWN.

Warriors Path State Park: About 12 miles southwest of Trough Creek State Park in Saxton, Bedford County, the park is just off of PA 26. Warrior?s Path is a 349-acre day use park on a peninsula created by a large meander of the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River. Picnicking, river fishing and hiking are popular recreational activities. 814-658-3847

Rothrock State Forest: Over 90,000 acres of state forest land in Huntingdon County provides wooded land for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking and undeveloped recreation. 814-643-2340

Raystown Lake: This major recreation area administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encompasses 29,300 acres including a 30-mile long, narrow 8,300-acre lake. A variety of recreational opportunities are provided in 13 public use areas, including boat launches, marinas, camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing. 814-658-3405

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 22 Building Materials Dumped Along Roadside
I was sad to see such a beautiful park littered with old construction materials dumped along the roadside by the Balanced Rock parking area during my recent visit. The park service needs to find out who did this and make them clean it up. So, so sad that this happened!
October 6 Fun Family Day. by grannyann
Great hiking trails. Beautiful scenery. The Balanced rock is awesome. I used to love that place as a kid, and this summer I made it to the rock at 68.
March 11 Great Family Hiking! by Tunetrekker
This park has some amazing hiking trails!!

Area Campgrounds
Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge
100 Chipmunk Crossing
Entriken, PA
Heritage Cove Resort
207 T River Road
Saxton, PA
Pleasant Hills Resort
Pleasant Hills Drive
Hesston, PA
Lake Raystown Family Camping Resort
11601 Piney Ridge Road
Huntingdon, PA
Shy Beaver R.V. Park
1529 Shy Beaver Road
James Creek, PA
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Seven Points Bait & Grocery
7 Points Rd
Hesston, PA
(814) 658-3718
Area Cabins and Lodges
Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge: Ofc
100 Chipmunk Xing
James Creek, PA
(814) 658-3500
Heritage Cove Resort
River Rd
Saxton, PA
(814) 635-3386

The park can be reached by traveling 16 miles south from Huntingdon along PA 26, then five miles east along PA 994 near the village of Entriken.


Pennsylvania State Parks