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About an eight-mile drive from Wellsboro, and 10 miles from Mansfield lies Hills Creek State Park. Established in 1953, the park is named for Hills Creek that meanders through it. The 137 acre Hills Creek Lake sits at the heart of the park. Many outdoor activities for both summer and winter draw Tioga campers here. Cruise over to the park and enjoy the many water activities on its lake waters ranging from fishing, kayaking, and boating. If you want to stick on land, there are interesting activities to choose from, including hiking, wildlife viewing, and cross-country skiing.

Spreading over 407 acres, the park has captivating areas for visitors to explore. Located near Tioga the park features open grassy areas and beautiful forested areas, making it home for many species of mammals and birds. Search for a motorhome rental near Tioga County to experience the natural beauty of Hills Creek State Park.

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Getting Outdoors

With its many outdoor activities, this park is a nice place for families. There is a thriving population of avian species, making it a haven for birders. Grab your binoculars and birding guide from your RV rental and head to the shores of Hills Creek Lake. Here you will find a myriad of bird species including waterfowl, osprey, wood ducks, and herons. While hiking gives you a good feel of the topography and park features, it also provides awesome opportunities for bird watching. Along the park trails, keen birders can spot nesting bald eagles and pileated woodpecker.

Wildlife viewing is as popular as birding. The three-mile lakeside trail is great for spotting beavers and muskrats. The trails passing through the park afford hikers an opportunity to see deer, bears, and rabbits. Groundhogs are also known to live in the park’s forested area.

Warm water fishing is excellent during the better part of the year, and there are plentiful of crappie, yellow perch, and largemouth bass. Walleye, smallmouth bass, and muskellunge are other species found in the lake waters. During winter, anglers can enjoy ice fishing.

If you find yourself at Hills Creek State Park during the summer, head down to the sandy beach for some much-needed swimming. Remember to keep yourself safe since there are no lifeguards on duty. Relaxing at the picnic pavilions near the beach is also a perfect way to spend your day watching aquatic diversity.

Camping at Hills Creek State Park

For a great family-fun vacation, go RV camping at Hills Creek State Park. There are 100 sites you can choose from. Hills Creek State Park is a pet-friendly campground and can accommodate trailers and RVs up to 40 feet. There are designated loops for campers with dogs. This modern campground features a few hookup sites, while the rest of the sites are a mix of electric and non-electric.

Amenities include restrooms, water fountains, and a dump station. If you’re camping in an RV rental at Hills Creek State Park, you can reserve your site up to 11 months in advance.

Exploring the Area

During your camping at Hills Creek State Park, you will find several attractions within a 30-mile drive. From state parks, forests, and canyons, there is plenty to keep you active and entertained in the locality. Perhaps the most famous attraction near Hills Creek State Park is Pennsylvania Grand Canyon about 20 miles from the park. This is a beautiful spot to stop when visiting the area.

There are two great spots where you can view this Pine Creek Gorge. One area is Colton Point State Park sitting on the west side of the canyon. Besides the gorgeous views of the canyon, you are provided opportunities for hunting, fishing, and hiking. Leonard Harrison State Park is another interesting point to view the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Located east of the Pine Creek Gorge the rugged park terrain is popular with hikers, campers and hunters. While here don’t miss exploring the rest of the Tioga State Forest on which this scenic gorge sits.

After a long day of hitting the trails, head into Wellsboro, and indulge yourself at the spa. For you chocolate lovers, there is a wonderful chocolate factory that you are able to tour and enjoy the samples. Consider checking out the art gallery and possibly pick up a new piece to hang on your wall.

With so much to explore and conquer, you will not get bored during your outdoor excursion with the family. Learn some history, savor the chocolate, and explore the arts during your RV camping adventure at Hills Creek State Park.

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