Directions to Deer Lake Park

  The map suggests that there are many ways to get there.  Only two preferred routes are described below.

From PA Turnpike exit 48, go toward Cheswick/Springdale for about 0.5 miles (to the first traffic light).  Turn left onto Pearl Street (this becomes Deer Creek Valley Rd).  Follow this road for 5.7 miles going straight through at three stop signs.

The last stop sign is in north Russellton; take the next right after this stop sign (just past the First Commonwealth Bank).  The road is labeled Orange Belt.  Go about 150 meters under a railroad overpass and turn left into Deer Lakes Park.  Follow the red and white orienteering signs in the park to the meet site.

From route 28,  take exit 12 and turn right onto Hite Street.  Follow Hite about 0.3 miles to the intersection with Deer Creek Valley Rd (also called Russellton Rd).  Turn right at the stop sign and follow Deer Creek Valley Rd about 4.7 miles through two more stop signs.  Then, continue as above.

Here is a Google maps link to the Deer Lakes entrance  Do not try to enter the park from Baileys Run Rd; part of that road is closed.

The GPS coordinates for the entrance are 40.617378 N, 79.830770 W