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Trough Creek State Park - James Creek, PA

Updated: Sep 29, 2022

Inside Trough Creek State Park are the remains of Paradise Furnace. Visitors can view the furnace stack, ironmaster's mansion, log worker's house, and cemetery.

During our visit we saw the log worker’s house, furnace and cemetery.

The log worker’s house, furnace stack and cemetery are located at: Route 994, James Creek, PA 16657

Log Worker’s house

Paradise Furnace

Paradise Furnace dates back to the 1830s and produced iron. Today, it’s walls are crumbling, but the remnants still stand and are a reminder of the park’s industrial past in this part of PA.

Paradise Cemetery

A short walk on Cemetery Trail will lead you to Paradise Cemetery. It is said that along this trail remains of the mill can be found if you look hard enough, but we were not able to find any.

Paradise Cemetery is an old pioneers cemetery with mainly fieldstones marking the graves of the deceased. Rumor has it that an Indian was buried in one of the corners of the cemetery. Tales tell of the Indian's ghost haunting the cemetery during the night hours.

Suspension Bridge

The easiest way to get to Rainbow Falls and Balanced Rock is by crossing the Suspension Bridge over Trough Creek.

This unique cable suspension bridge can be slightly nerve racking to cross. If you're a fan of suspension bridges, you might feel a butterfly or two in your stomach as you cross over it. 

The wooden slats are not fitted closely together, leaving small gaps to see through, to the creek below. Expect a lot of movement in the cables while walking across

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is the the only waterfall around Lake Raystown. The waterfall is located along the trail to the Balanced Rock . It is about a quarter-mile from the road, Rainbow Falls is one of the highlights of any visit to Trough Creek State Park.

Balanced Rock

Enjoy this 0.5-mile out-and-back trail near Entriken, PA. It is considered an easy route and takes about 15 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are March through November. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Copperas Rock

Named Copperas for the color of the rock, the cliff-side appears as a yellowish-gold.

Ferrous sulfate, or iron, that comes from a coal pocket underneath the surface has stained the rocks.

It is thought that settlers sheltered here and used the minerals to aid in dying their handmade fabrics.

A parking area is just across the street from Copperas Rock, making it extremely easy to reach. It can be seen at a short distance from the road, as well, making it a difficult sight to miss.

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