Nestled within a valley between Blue Mountain and the South Mountain Range, Caledonia State Park is a Pennsylvanian gem that you must explore on your next RV vacation. The park features 1,125-acres in Fayetteville country for you to explore, enjoy and relax at all year round. Caledonia State Park has a deep rooted history in modern America. In the 1800s it was once the site of an iron furnace owned by Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and is widely known as the father of the public school system in Pennsylvania. The original iron furnace was destroyed during the Civil War in June 1863 by the Confederate cavalry and the state park was later opened in 1903.
The park now has multiple recreational activities available for you to experience throughout the year. There are 10 miles of hiking trails, an 18 hole golf course, a swimming pool, a summer stock theater, and fishing and hunting opportunities. History buffs can learn more about Thaddeus Stevens and the park's environment from a seasonal naturalist during the summertime.
Two campsites at Caledonia State Park offer RV camping, with 32 electric sites being available at Hosack Run Campground and nine at Chinquapin East. The park is open year round, however camping is closed from December until the spring. The peak season is during the summer and fall at Caledonia State Park.
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Transportation in Caledonia State Park
Caledonia State Park is located at the intersection of US 30 and PA 233 making it a very easy place to find. During the winter this area will get a lot of snow, so make sure you check the local forecast and road reports to confirm that you can make it up to the park.
If you are driving from Chambersburg, follow US 30 east for around 10 miles. Turn left onto PA-233 North and you will drive past the park office. Turn left onto Quarry Gap Road and follow it to the end of the road to reach the top of the park.
From Gettysburg the drive is very straightforward. Follow US 30 west for around 15 miles. Turn right onto PA-233 and you will drive past the park office. Turn left onto Quarry Gap Road and follow it to the end of the road to reach the top of the park.
Driving from the north-east in Harrisburg will take you a different way up through the mountains. Follow I-81 South for around 20 miles. Turn left onto PA-233 South and continue for 20 miles. This will be a nice drive through the trees up and into the park. Turn left onto Quarry Gap to go to the top of the park, or continue straight and the park office will be on the right.
Campgrounds and parking in Caledonia State Park
Campsites in Caledonia State Park
Chinquapin Hill Campground
The Chinquapin Hill Campground is a three loop campground that features 121 unpowered sites and 9 that have power. Out of those nine, seven have 30 amp hookup and the other two can handle 50 amp. This is the larger of the two RV friendly campgrounds at Caledonia State Park. Facilities at Chinquapin Hill include water collection points, showers, restrooms, playground and amphitheater. There is no firewood available at this campground and pets are also not permitted.
You may stay for up to 14 consecutive nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day and 21 consecutive nights during the remainder of the year. Chinquapin Hill Campground opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day and will close on the last Sunday in October for the winter.
Hosack Run is the smaller of the two campgrounds at Caledonia State Park. There are 46 sites in total, 24 have 30 amp electric hookups and 10 have 50 amp hookups. Since this campground is smaller there are a few less facilities, but it does have a dump station unlike Chinquapin Hill. Water collections points, showers, restrooms and a small playground can also be found at Hosack Run.
Like Chinquapin Hill there is no firewood available but you are allowed to have pets on leashes. Reservations are recommended since there aren't too many sites. You may stay for up to 14 consecutive nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day and 21 consecutive nights during the remainder of the year. Hosack Run opens the Friday before the trout season and closes at the end of deer season in December for the winter.
Seasonal activities in Caledonia State Park
Swimming is a great summer activity at Caledonia State Park that is popular with people of all ages. The park has a 500,000-gallon pool that has provided swimming facilities for parks guest for more than 25 years. The pool has a few cool features, including a waterslide, small snack bar, walk-in shallow entrance for non-swimmers and a wading stream. The pool's opening hours are subject to change, so check the park website to see if the pool will be open when you visit.
Totem Pole Playhouse
The Totem Pole Playhouse is a summer stock theatre located in Caledonia State Park. Open in the summer and nationally known for its high quality actors, the playhouse began operation in 1950 under the direction of Karl Genus. If you are in the park when there is a play on you must check it out! Many actors have gotten their first starts at Totem Pole Playhouse, including Stephen McKinley Henderson and Tony award winners Jayne Houdyshell and Julie White.
Caledonia Golf Club is one of the most scenic, interesting, and fun public 18 hole courses in Pennsylvania. Originally constructed in 1923, the course provides a challenge for golfers of all skills levels. The rustic club house features a pro shop lounge, and snack bar. A nice feature of this park is that the pro shop offers free club rentals if you want to play. The course is open 7am until dusk from March 1st until October 31st.
Fishing is a very popular recreational activity at Caledonia State Park. There are three main streams (East Branch Conococheague Creek, Rocky Mountain Creek and Carbaugh Run) that flow through the park and forest. The streams feature some warm water game fish, as well native brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. If you want to fish in Caledonia State Park you will need a Pennsylvanian fishing license. Make sure you pick one up before you get to the park.
There are 11 hiking trails that total to 10 miles in length in Caledonia State Park. The longest and most difficult hike in the park is the Charcoal Hearth Trail. The hike climbs steeply for 10-15 minutes to Graeffenburg Mountain before it begins to descend. The hike will end with a quiet stream near the Furnace Dam and pond. When you are walking down, keep an eye out for four historic charcoal hearths and an old wagon road. A brochure featuring all on the hiking trails is available at the park office.
There are around 740 acres of woods that are open to hunting at Caledonia State Park. The common game species found include rabbits, turkeys, squirrels and white-tailed deer. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited in the park. If you want to hunt on more land, you are allowed to access the adjoining Michaux State Forest through the parking lots at Caledonia State Park and hiking into the forest on the trails. Before you begin make sure that you are meeting DCNR and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations.