Ten Ways RV Campers Can Enjoy State College, Pennsylvania

State College, Pennsylvania, right in the center of the Keystone State, is ringed by wilderness and an easy drive from a wealth of historic attractions. Pennsylvania RV campers will want to plan plenty of time to learn the joys of State College on vacation. Here are ten ideas to get your State College RV vacation in gear.

    1. Central Pennsylvania Cave Tours draw RV campers from all over, so why not schedule at least one on your vacation? Penn’s Cave, just east of State College, has been open for boat tours since 1885! Awesome limestone formations will thrill your family as you float the underground river that formed the cavern. You’ll also find a 90-acre wildlife park on-site and the quaint 19th century Penn’s Cave Hotel. Another very popular underground attraction in the area is Woodward Cave, with its own RV campground and an exciting walking tour through five underground caverns.
    1. Central PA Fly Fishing is reason enough to load your motorhome and head for State College. Trout fishing hotspots such as Spring Creek in Bellefonte, Lick Run at Bald Eagle State Park and Fishing Creek at Tylersville State Fish Hatchery promise excellent fly fishing sport. Dozens more creeks, rivers and streams filled with fishing adventures dot the landscape within two hours’ drive of State College. Check this map at PAFlyFish.com while planning your State College RV camping and fly fishing trip.
    1. Fort Roberdeau in Altoona, PA is about an hour southwest of State College and well worth the trip. This Revolutionary War fort comes to life with reenactments, festivals and permanent exhibits meant to teach visitors about life on the 1770’s Pennsylvania frontier. Come to the Sinking Valley and learn why Fort Roberdeau’s lead mines played a crucial role in the birth of our nation.
    1. Historic Boalsburg, Pennsylvania has something for everyone and it’s just minutes from the Penn State campus. Boalsburg boasts three museums, a lively arts community and picturesque streets to wander. Take time to visit the Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel, the Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine and the Boalsburg Heritage Museum in the Sara Sweet House.
    1. NASCAR Racing is within three hours’ drive from State College at two legendary tracks – New York’s Watkins Glen International and Pocono Raceway at Long Pond, PA. Pick up your RV rental and then head for either track for unforgettable NASCAR racing action. (Don’t forget to check on infield camping and be sure to pack your favorite foods for NASCAR RV tailgating!)
    1. Pennsylvania State University, with its main “University Park” campus in State College, is another star attraction for RV travelers. Take in a Penn State Nittany Lions football game in the fall to round out your State College vacation experience. Be sure to tour the University Park campus at the base of Mount Nittany, too.
    1. Pennsylvania Whitewater Rafting can be an unforgettable RV vacation memory, thanks to the extraordinary opportunities with a couple hours of State College. The Susquehanna River near Holtwood is a favorite stretch for Class III rapids. You’ll also find Class III and IV whitewater action on the Youghiogheny River in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
    1. Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail – Pennsylvania motorhome campers who love great wines won’t be disappointed when visiting the ten wineries on this Central PA wine trail. From Boalsburg to Sunbury, the offerings of these wonderfully scenic vineyards will please the most discerning palate. Your senses will be dazzled by the sights, tastes and scents of Central Pennsylvania’s wine country.
    1. Victorian Bellefonte, PA The eighteenth century borough of Bellefonte, PA is definitely a treasure worth mining. Fabulous Victorian homes, businesses and public buildings tell the story of Centre County, Pennsylvania’s history. If you like to shop, stroll and learn in a charming setting, put Bellefonte on your State College RV camping itinerary.
  1. Wilderness Areas Near State College, PA – We mentioned this Central Pennsylvania town is surrounded by wilderness, but did you know there are more than a dozen state parks and forests within three hours’ drive? Black Moshannon Lake State Park features a lovely, spring-fed lake perfect for trout fishing and is looped with miles of scenic trails. Susquehannock State Forest, in the Allegheny Mountains of Northcentral PA, offers a quarter-million-acre wilderness setting for your RV camping adventures. With five hundred miles of wilderness trails and the headwaters of two rivers within the forest, this is prime real estate for outdoors-oriented folks to explore. Ready to find your place in Central Pennsylvania’s forests? There’s an excellent PA state park guide at StateCollegeCentral.com.
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