If you’re looking for a great place to get away where there’s lots of peaceful scenery and wildlife, then look no further than Bald Eagle State Park. There are 5,900 acres of forests, fields, and wetlands for you to enjoy, right here in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. Take in Bald Eagle Mountain and many other natural attractions.
But we certainly weren’t the first people to recognize the magnificent beauty of this area. In fact, people have been enjoying this place for generations. One Native American chief, Woapalanne, is actually who the park was named after. That’s right - Woapalanne translates to “Bald Eagle”.
Today you can come here to enjoy it all for yourself. Bald Eagle State Park is the perfect destination for any RV camper, not only because of the sense of tranquility that comes along with immersing yourself in nature, but also because of all the fun activities there are for you to participate in here. During the summer time, go exploring all the trails, take a boat out on the water, and go swimming at the beach area. And if you decide to visit during the winter season, there’s ice skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Whenever you decide to bring your RV, you’ll be guaranteed a fun trip with lots to do at Bald Eagle State Park.
RV Rentals in Bald Eagle State Park
Transportation in Bald Eagle State Park
There are no driving restrictions for RVs in the park, so you won’t need to worry when you venture out in your RV. There are, however, some seasonal road closures during the winter when snowfall gets heavy. They do a good job to keep the needed roads cleared, but some roads that are less used might be closed.
There is day use parking available for all vehicles, including RVs. You might find it easier though, especially during the peak season and on weekends and holidays, to go ahead and set up your RV at a campsite before venturing out into the park. This way, you can avoid running into any problems with parking your RV.
Campgrounds and parking in Bald Eagle State Park
Campsites in Bald Eagle State Park
Russell P. Letterman Campground
If you’ve brought your RV and are ready for a fun and exciting trip, this campground is the place to be. It has everything you could need, and it’s conveniently located less than a mile from the beach area, marina, and other facilities. Here, you’ll have the option of full hookups including electric, water, and sewer. If you don’t need full hookups, you can still get sites that have 30 or 50 amp electric hookups. You’ll also be guaranteed to have a picnic table, fire ring, and paved parking spur at any site that you choose. You’ll find flush toilets, warm showers, and a dump station available for your convenience. Keep in mind that the campground closes down in mid-December and opens back up in April. There are 97 total sites to choose from, and we’re sure that any site will be a perfect match for your RV.
If you’re looking to leave the RV behind for a night or two, try something a little more primitive. You won’t even need reservations for tent camping, as all 35 tent-only sites are available for walk-in. These sites are about 150 feet from the road, and you can park your vehicle on the side of the campground road. You’ll be able to find restrooms nearby, with vault toilets and sinks with running water, as well as a dump station if you need it. If you’re looking for drinkable water, you can find it along the campground road. Tent camping can be a great way to experience the great outdoors, if you’re up for it.
Cottages & Yurts
If you’d like to stay in something a little nicer than the primitive tent, you can choose to stay in one of the cottages or yurts here at Bald Eagle State Park. If you decide on a cottage, you can choose between a normal cottage, or a deluxe cottage. Whichever one you choose, either can accommodate up to five people. There are three regular cottages, but only 1 deluxe cottage, so if you want it, you might want to make your reservations way ahead. The deluxe cottage has just a few more amenities such as kitchen burners, a refrigerator, and a table and chairs, but both types have electricity, bunk beds, and a porch. Yurts, like the deluxe cabin, also have kitchen amenities, but they can hold up to 6 people. Both cottages and yurts are the perfect solution for a family vacation.
Seasonal activities in Bald Eagle State Park
There are 14.5 total miles of trails here at Bald Eagle State Park and each trail is unique, offering different views and experiences. Butterfly Trail is only 1.5 miles, and gives you the opportunity to see different species of butterflies fluttering in their natural environment. If you want something a little longer and more challenging, head out on one of the Hunter Run Trails. Choose East or West, and get out there to explore all the scenery.
There are lots of great places to come picnicking here in the park, and there’s no better way to enjoy a good meal than with a great view and even greater company. Invite your family and friends along and have the best time. If you need a bigger space, you can reserve one of the picnic pavilions up to 11 months in advance.
Come swimming and cool off at the sand and turf beach here at Bald Eagle State Park. This 1,200 foot long beach has everything you need to enjoy your time. This includes a playground for the kids, a snack bar for when you get hungry, restroom and changing rooms, and plenty of parking options, all for your convenience. There’s no better way to enjoy a summer day.
Here at the park, you’ll find Foster Joseph (FJ) Sayers Lake - a fairly popular park attraction. This lake provides lots of boating opportunities, with no horsepower limits on motorboats. There are 6 boat launch areas available, and most of them also have restrooms, along with picnic tables and grills.
The Sayers Reservoir provides excellent opportunities for anyone who enjoys fishing. There are 23 miles of shoreline for you to fish from and there are lots of different kinds of fish to try for. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass swim here, as well as crappie, yellow perch, tiger muskellunge, and catfish.
Ice skating can be a really fun winter activity, and you can have the perfect opportunity right here in this state park. You’ll definitely want to take precautions though, as the park does not monitor the ice. Make sure that it’s thick enough before venturing out.
If you're a fan of skiing, you can do that here too. There are about seven miles of trails that are perfect for cross-country skiing. Keep in mind that these trails are not kept up and groomed, so you might be in for a real trek. Check ahead on trail conditions so you can be sure that there’s enough snow on the ground.
If you love to fish but don’t like the summer heat, you can still come fishing in the winter time. If you're up for the challenge, bring your gear, drill a hole, and enjoy the frozen lake. Make sure the ice is plenty thick enough, then sit back and relax as you wait for a bite.
While many people think of the spring and summer as the best times to watch wildlife, the winter time can give you lots more to see - but without the added heat and noise. Enjoy the winter tranquility and watch the snow falling as you try to catch a glimpse at the winter birds and wildlife that reside here.