2005 Palomino Puma
2005 Palomino Puma
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Situated within South Mountain, the northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Pennsylvania is beautiful, Caledonia State Park. The park covers 1,125 acres, and for those that rent an RV in Franklin County, it is usually a stop-off point for a day or an even longer extended period of time. Caledonia State Park is named for the Caledonia Furnace, and today the area is known for its abundance of recreational opportunities. The furnace was situated and used in the park in the 1800s and was later destroyed in the civil war.
People from miles around head down to Caledonia State Park to go for a walk on one of the hiking trails, play a round of golf, go for a swim, fish in the lake, catch a show, learn more about the history of the area and more. It is no wonder that so many people decide to include it in a motorhome camping vacation. Caledonia State Park is easy to reach and is next to the towns of Chambersburg, Gettysburg, and Harrisburg, and with plenty of campsites available, Caledonia State Park is a desirable destination.
For those that go RV camping at Caledonia State Park during the summer months, visitors can enjoy a range of theatrical events in the Totem Pole Playhouse. The Playhouse is known for putting on an array of performances by some talented actors. Other family-friendly amenities include the 500,000-gallon swimming pool, which has a swimming pool and snack bar.
Overall there are around 10 miles of hiking trails around the park, all of which vary in length and difficulty. The famous Appalachian Trail actually passed right through the park as it traverses through the mountains, and many people choose to just walk sections of it. The Ramble Trail is also popular, at just 2.2 miles in length, it is a good option for a quick walk and to get a better glimpse at the surroundings. An interesting feature of this route is that it passed over the old millrace that is leftover from the Caledonia Iron Furnace. There are also an additional ten other trails, so there is plenty to choose from on a motorhome camping adventure.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities for those that get an RV rental near Caledonia State Park and in the surrounding Michaux State Forest, as there is plenty of fish available to catch. There are three well-stocked streams that run through the park, the Rocky Mountain Creek, Carbaugh Run, and East Branch Conococheague Creek, meaning there is plenty of room for everyone to try their luck with a line. There is an abundance of warm freshwater fish, but anglers also have a chance of catching others such as brown, brook and rainbow trout which are stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
There are a number of places to go camping in Caledonia State Park, with 184 tent and trailer sites altogether. The sites tend to open mid-April and then close at the end of December, so there is only a small portion of the year where they are not available for camping. There is also a large group camping area that can accommodate up to 100 people. Amenities here include hot showers, flush toilets, and a dump station.
The larger of the two main state park RV campgrounds is the Chinquapin Hill Campground, which contains three loops of 121 no power sites and nine power sites. Hosack Run Campground is the other, smaller campground which has 46 sites, around half of which have 30-amp electrical hookups, and some have 50 amp hookups. There are fewer facilities here, but many people feel as though its smaller size makes it more peaceful and relaxing.
Nearby Gettysburg is a fascinating place to visit, and there is no better place to get your bearings than at the Gettysburg Diorama. At this attraction, you are able to see the whole 6000-acre battlefield, complete with around 20,000 hand-painted soldiers, buildings, horses, weapons, and more. There is also a fantastic light and sound show that gives you a better impression of this three-day battle that took place in the town. The battle is portrayed in a unique light and is fully narrated.
You’ll find even more history in the town of Franklin, to the west of Caledonia State Park. The town is full of interesting buildings and historical landmarks, such as the Old Jail. Visitors are able to step into the jail and see what life was really like for prisoners there. Other tours in the town include the John Brown House, Brown's Mill School, and At Thomas Toll House, all of which are worth a visit as they will allow you to learn a little more about the town’s past.
A great family-friendly attraction is the fun and unique Mister Eds Elephant Museum. The first stop on any visit should be to the Candy Emporium, home to more than 900 types of candy that span from yesteryear to present day. This one will certainly be a big hit with the kids. After you've had your fill, head to the Elephant Museum itself, featuring more than 12,000 figurines, circus souvenirs, toys, and much more. You will certainly never forget your visit.