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Old 05-28-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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Need ideas for cross PA trip

This forum has come helped plan a couple vacations with great success so let's go for 3.

Looking to explore PA from NJ. We are looking to make it to at least the Allegheny national forest. We're only looking to hike and relax...maybe conoe. Any quaint little towns along the way are always welcome. Good campsites make a big difference so any suggestions welcome. Trip length - a week or two. If we find a nice town who knows. ..maybe not come home.

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Jonestown KOA Lickdale

We just stayed at this KOA. We wanted a quick getaway but couldn't go too far from home. Nice clean campground. The staff was friendly and leads you to your site in a golfcart. Only about 90 sites, but large sites with full hookups and a nice concrete pad area with picnic table. Has free WiFi. Has a very nice store and they make food and will deliver it to your campsite if you want. The Swatara Creek runs along the one side where canoes, kayaks can be put in (they have them to rent too). You walk right off the campground to the Swatara Rails to trails and can walk or ride bike all the way to Pine Grove. You can also get on the Appalacian trail from this same route. It is easy access, right off of Rt. 81. They have a shuttle that also goes to Hersheypark (but I think you buy tickets from the campground). Not sure about how they work that part. There is not a swimming pool but their is a splash area for children. If you decide to go and want to visit a few of the nearby towns, give a shout and we can give you some areas you might want to visit that are short drives away. (Not Allegheny Mountains -- but in the Blue Mountains areas...might be a nice stopover on the way to the Alleghenys)
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This camground is very nice.
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We just stayed at this KOA. ...
@sstehman - thank you ...but which KOA site are you referring?
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It is the Jonestown KOA. Here is a link:
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Been to many of the Northern PA. State Parks. I see you added the words: Hike, Relax and Canoe. Well I'll throw out there. Cook Forest, Clear Creek both on the Clarion River. Kettle Creek and Hyner Run both on either the Kettle Creek or the northern section of the Susquehanna River. Especially Clear Creek State Park. You can camp right on the river. Small campground with about 50 electric sites and 3 newer shower buildings. Good hiking and defiantly "relaxing". Nice eatery (The Farmers Inn) right up the street. Also about 10 miles towards the freeway (I-80) a new Distillery (Black Bird Distillery) Cook Forest State Park is 10 miles down stream from Clear Creek. Even more hiking at Cook Forest. Known for the "Forest Cathedral" Old growth Hemlock trees. The Clarion River is great for canoeing, swimming of kayaking.

Assorted Cook Forest & Clear Creek pics

This year we are trying a new northern state park in PA. called Worlds End in the NE. part of the state.
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Thank you for the great ideas. Cook Forrest looks like the setting I like. Floating on tube doesn't sound bad either. Let us know how world's end turns out.
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Try running across Rt,6 thru nw PA. Beautiful scenery and will take you thru the Allegheny Nat forest. many nat. forest campgrounds in the area also the Kinzua Dam and the Allegheny reservoir,boat rental swim fish etc. and not touristy,
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Route 6 will take you thru Wellsboro a neat old town. Near Wellsboro is the Grand Canyon of PA.
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Rt 6 sounds like it's now on the plan. I enjoy that type of road. Stopping in little towns along the way are also something I'm look for. Thinking about moving from NJ to a small town somewhere...this trip is slso to begin scouting potential places while enjoying some scenery and relax. Too many years in a high stress profession taking its toll. A few friends had strokes recently and I'm taking that as a wakeup call. I got ahold of a large paper map of PA and started putting stickies of places of interest and in a couple weeks I should have a good idea of general route. The good thing with an RV is if you want plans can change in a hearbeat. Last year we met a great family in VT and had so much fun we stayed a while longer and skipped the next stop.
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Cook Forest State Park has about a hair under 300 sites. About 60% with electric. They do allow pets on 2 of the 5 loops. Cook sits on a hill above the river. It would be about a mile drive to get to the rivers edge. Where as Clear Creek which is about 10 miles upstream is on the river. About 50 of the 60 have electric. PM me if you want a list of good sites. Clear creek will fill up faster than Cook Forest. They dont allow pets at Clear Creek
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This trip i won't have the traveling zoo with me. 2 dogs and a cat. I love them all but it's nice to have a break too. Since cook is a state park i assume they do not ave any full hookups only electric in about half or so and electric as stated above? It's a nice to have a FH but not necessary if they have decent showers. Is there a view from any of the sites at cook or any open fields? Some parks are buried in trees and other more open - just curious what kind of feeling the sites have.
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Actually Cook Forest State did add some last year. About 10 sites. It kind of surprised me because that is the first time I have seen full service sites in any PA State park. I still like Clear Creek more if I had a choice. A lot of CCC structures there.
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That's interesting they have any full hookups at all. I have both marked on the map. I wish I were leaving tomorrow but need to wait till july.
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