This little city of Duke Center, Pennsylvania, lies at the intersection of Highways 346 and 546 in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania and is about 150 miles from Pittsburgh, 200 miles from Cleveland and 75 miles from Buffalo. Choosing to book an RV in Duke Center might sound strange to some people – its isolation doesn’t lend itself to conventional tourism. However, this community has a lot to offer the more adventurous traveler if they know where to look. Sitting at a crossroads between southern New York and western Pennsylvania gives easy access to a number of interesting sights and amazing outdoor recreation while keeping a low profile – you won’t be inundated with other tourists traveling through here.
When traveling around with an RV rental in Duke Center, know that food, fuel, and a place to park your RV might be some distance from the town itself. This can be considered a positive or a negative, depending on how much driving you anticipated doing during your Duke Center RV rental vacation. It suffices to say though, that it will most likely be more than a half hour’s drive to any major attractions.
Getting Outside near Duke Center
There are no city parks within Duke Center and the nearest state park is Thunder Rocks in New York. When traveling around with your Duke Center motorhome rental, you’ll have the freedom to explore some areas farther away while carrying all the luxuries of home. If you’re just looking to have a picnic or go on a light stroll, the Marilla Bridges trail in Bradford is a fantastic choice. The one-mile loop trail extends around a small lake and is popular with runners and hikers. The Allegheny National Forest is also just a 45-minute drive from Duke Center and has a nearly limitless number of trails to explore, not to mention numerous waterways for swimming or kayaking.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a half day’s drive east of Duke Center, but well worth visiting with your Duke Center camper rental if you’re curious about the industrial history of the area or just want to enjoy the bike paths that run alongside the old canal there.
RV Parks in Duke Center
There aren’t many RV parks or campgrounds in Duke Center itself, but there are several that are relatively close by and within driving distance of your RV rental. Most are concentrated around the Allegheny National Forest, a 30-minute drive to the southwest.
Willow Bay Campground has RV sites available with about a third of them offering electrical hookups. It also has showers and a dump station. Tracy Ridge Campground, near the shores of the Allegheny Reservoir, doesn’t have any hookups, but sites are large enough to accommodate larger RVs, plus there are pit toilets, a dump station, and drinking water available in the middle of the campground.
Riverhurts Park Campground, 15 miles away in southern New York, is another option and includes full hookups and the possibility of canoe rentals for use on the Allegheny River. There’s also Kinzue East KOA, about 20 miles southwest of Duke Center, which includes hookups and a pool during the summer months.
The nearest stores to pick up supplies and groceries would be in Bradford, with various grocery store options in town. When it comes to fueling up your Duke Center motorhome rental, finding a full-service truck stop can be a bit of a challenge. One of the nearest stops is in Carrolton, New York, which is about 20 miles from Duke Center.
Exploring the Town of Duke Center
Given the small population of Duke Center, getting to most of the attractions will involve a short drive to a nearby town. Having a travel trailer rental in Duke Center allows you the freedom to explore some of the less visited destinations, and see some of the things that aren’t on the typical tourist path.
There is a bar and grill in town, and it’s one of the only restaurants that’s in Duke Center; it has the type of menu you’d expect from a small town bar.
Train enthusiasts will love the Salamanca Rail Museum just over the state line in New York. It has an impressive model railway setup along with a plethora of train memorabilia. Fans of offbeat attractions will also be pleased to find the Zippo Lighter and Case Knives Museum in nearby Bradford. Here you’ll have the chance to see hundreds of lighters and knives from these iconic American companies.
If you have achy joints or just need some time to relax, the therapeutic spa nearby might be a nice place to heal. Exposure to salt is thought to improve your breathing and hasten the healing process by reducing inflammation.