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Not exactly a coal-mining town, in the beginning, Barnesville was settled in early 1800s. When the Little Schuylkill and Susquehanna - Catawissa Railroad laid down tracks in mid-1800s that ran through the town, the first settler, John Faust, built a hotel/tavern, and a small town quickly formed around it. The town, which was on top of a long, high hill, became a common stop for trains on that route. The coal trains often had to stop to replenish their water supply and to give the crew and occasional passengers a respite.

The nearby Tuscarora State Park is the site of a now-defunct amusement park, one of the first in the state. Built in 1923, it also featured a ballroom that could hold a few thousands people at one time, and was a popular Big-Band entertainment venue. Today, Barnesville is a quaint, tiny bedroom community with about a thousand residents.

The closest large town is Reading, a little over 40 miles to the south.

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The Great Outdoors

A common reason to rent an RV is to explore the outdoors and find oodles of fun and adventure that comes with the wilderness. Tuscarora State Park, mere minutes away, is a modest park clocking in at a little over 1,600 acres. In addition, fantastic views of the lakeside mountains, which most nature and landscape photographers will appreciate, it has several miles of hiking and biking trails. Wildlife is plentiful; several large and small game critters make their home in this park. In autumns, the oaks, maples, birches, and other less-common species of trees turn blazing red and oranges, virtually setting the hillside on fire. Hunting, though allowed, are limited to bows and arrows or flintlock muzzleloaders, and only during certain times of year. Permits and licenses, even using those hunting tools, are required.

The state game land No. 141, out near Nesquehoning, has plenty of room and even more wilderness. Commune with nature, get in touch with your wild inner self and roam the hills and dales. Portions of this game land are wetlands, and wild blueberries and raspberries are yours for picking. Literally. Bring your rental RV! Parking is plentiful, and camping overnight is permitted.

RV Parks

When you book a motorhome in Barnesville, be sure to figure out where you’ll park overnight. Several game lands in the area do allow overnight camping, but there are no hookups and facilities, if any, are barebone. There are a handful of private campgrounds within 15 miles, though.

Jim Thorpe Camping Resort is a family-owned business that offers full hookups with 30 or 50 amps, pull-thru sites, and back-in lots. In dense woods, it’s easy to forget that you’re sharing the grounds with other fellow campers. This would make an amazing spot to park your Barnesville luxury motorhome rental for the week.

Alternatively, Rosemount Camping Resort in Tamaqua may tick the boxes. It includes the usual amenities like full hookups, restrooms, and showers, and also includes free WiFi, though signal may be spotty, and cable TV.

Exploring the City

Out in the rural area, far away from a modern, bumpin’ and jumpin’ city, it’s easy to fall in the trap of thinking that there isn’t anything to do around Barnesville. In fact, there’s plenty. It’s just a different kind of fun. There are several farms in the area who allow visitors to come learn about the agricultural life and interact with the farm animals. Holly Road Fiber Farm raises angora goats whose coats are used for making high-quality fiber yarn. Visitors can pet the resident goats and chicken, and feed them, too. In springtime, bouncy kids are a delight to watch. A knitter looking to move away from big-box acrylic yarns will love visiting a fiber farm and touching the yarn.

Tamaqua’s farmer’s market is a way to explore the local farms and small businesses. Fresh produce, free-range chicken, hand-carved furniture, artisan crafts and bakeries, and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats. Check online for the hours.

Pennsylvania is well known for its love of golfing. Even in rural backcountry, there are plenty of courses in the area. The White Birch Golf Course, which is open to the public, is a 27-hole golf course. Though the 18-hole course is short, the steep, rolling hills pose a challenge that’ll keep even an old pro interested. The restaurant dishes up three squares (breakfast, lunches, and dinners), which includes a mix of diner and pub fare.

Tamaqua Community Arts Center not only boasts an art gallery, but also a performance hall, a pottery studio, and a yoga studio. In addition to regular workshops and classes, they host up-and-coming and established singers, entertainers, and comics who favor smaller venues for honing their skills.

If it's the slower pace and small-town life of Pennsylvania you are seeking, consider a camper rental in Barnesville. Venture off the beaten track, take a yoga class and enjoy the amazing landscape. Rent a travel trailer in Barnesville, PA, and go explore Pennsylvania.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

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  • The Spirit Of Tuscarora Trail, PABarnesville, PA
  • Locust Lake Trail, PALocust Lake State Park, PA
  • Switchback Loop, PASummit Hill, PA
  • Rails To Trails Hazleton, PAHazleton, PA
  • Fire Line Trail to Galen's Surprise , PASummit Hill, PA
  • Deer Path Trail, PAState Game Lands Number 141, PA
  • Broad Mountain, PAState Game Lands Number 141, PA
  • Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail, PAState Game Lands Number 106, PA
  • River of Rocks Loop, PABerks County Park, PA
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary via Skyline Trail, PAState Game Lands Number 106, PA

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