Initially owned by William Penn, the man credited with the founding of Pennsylvania, this wild, densely wooded land was eventually tamed by settlers who purchased or rented land from Penn. The Union Library Company, which is the third library company to form in Pennsylvania, was built in this township in 1755 and is still standing today. The township, originally named Hatborough, was established in 1809. The town’s name was later shortened to Hatboro in the mid-1880s to avoid confusion with another town with the same name.
The closest large town is Philadelphia, around 25 miles south. Allentown is 40 miles to the north with Reading (pronounced as “red-ding”) just over 60 miles west.
The Great Outdoors
Rent an RV in Hatboro and hit the road! There are several pockets of wilderness, despite being so close to a major city. Nearby Pennypack Preserve is favorite of many locals. The woods in this park are so dense that it’s easy to forget that you’re in the Philadelphia suburbs. There are miles of trails, occasionally shared by the shy white-tailed deer.
Wissahickon Valley Park is a deceptively skinny stretch of woodlands, and yet somehow has over 50 miles of multi-use trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders to use. A babbling creek meanders through the park, in which fishermen can catch bass, trout, and sunfish.
A small day-use park, Tyler State Park, was owned by William Penn at one point. Colonists purchased the land for farming. Today, many of the trails which were originally farm roads, and remnants of mills, houses, and barns can still be seen. One of the famous Pennsylvania covered bridges, which crosses the Neshaminy Creek, is still standing. Hike, bike, and horseback ride in this park. Boating is permitted, though because the creek is shallow, it’s recommended that canoes and kayaks are used. Fish from a boat or from the banks, and catch black crappie, smallmouth bass, carp, and panfish. In wintertime, enjoy the brisk, cold air and go cross-country skiing, ice skating, and sledding! Although this park is strictly day use, there’s still plenty of parking for your Hatboro camper rental.
When you rent a motorhome from Hatboro, you’ll need someplace to call home for a few days while you are exploring this corner of Pennsylvania. The KOA in West Chester features amenities such as 30/50 amps, WiFi, playgrounds, a jump pad, and bike and canoe rentals.
Brandywine Creek Campgrounds, adjacent to Marsh Creek State Park which does not allow overnight camping, may be suitable for those who want to be close to the outdoors. It offers amenities like 30/50 amps, WiFi, a bathhouse, and a pool. There is also a fishing pond.
Seeking an even more rustic setting? French Creek State Park has several lots for RVs and camper trailers. Not all the sites offer hookups and the few lots with full hookups tend to be rented quickly. Reserve in advance.
Exploring the City
Although Hatboro is a small town, there’s plenty of things to see and do in the area. Hop into your luxury Hatboro motorhome rental and explore the town’s and the neighboring towns’ historic districts. There are several classic homes dating back to early 1800s, and a few, from the 1700s that will keep you captivated for hours.
Valley Forge, just west of Philadelphia, is a serene location with miles of rolling trails and paths, popular with runners, bicyclists and history buffs alike. The poignant monuments, statues, and buildings serve as a stark reminder of the challenges General Washington and his ragtag army endured in the name of freedom, all to form this nation.
History buffs should visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Institute, and National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Tour the streets of the Franklin Court and the surrounding neighborhoods where founding fathers, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, once strolled and engaged in heated debate over the country’s future.
Sprint up Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Rocky steps” and revel in the triumph of making it to the top, a scene made famous by the Rocky movies. Be sure to step inside to see some of the world’s most famous artists, Diego Rivera, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh, along with many more distinguished artists within the Museum’s galleries.
The iconic “Philly Cheesesteak” is a can’t miss. There are hundreds of options in the area, and it can be tough to figure out which will deliver The Steak. Jim’s Steaks, just a few blocks south of Independence Center, is a no-frills steak shop, established in 1939, and has die-hard fans numbering in the thousands. Pat’s King of Steaks, which claims to be the original inventor, is another popular choice for the locals, though it’s a little farther away from Independence Center.
Should it be a Philadelphia "Steak" you are seeking, consider a camper rental in Hatboro. Enjoy the local cuisine, watch a sunset, and take in the fantastic landscape. Rent an RV in Hatboro, PA and go explore Pennsylvania!