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Leonard Harrison State Park is situated in Tioga County, Pennsylvania and covers over 585 acres. It was formed in 1922 and named after Leonard Harrison, a lumberman who helped to create the park. Before it was an important timber production site in the early 1900s, it was home to many different Native American tribes.
This state park is situated next to the Pine Creek Gorge, which is considered to be the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Those who search for an RV rental in Tioga County will also find the park is conveniently located next to Pennsylvania Route 660.
On your visit to Leonard Harrison State Park will find a handful of outdoor activities to do. Hiking is a popular thing to try out as the park is home to numerous trails. The main trail, Pine Creek Trail, runs over 62 miles and is filled with various elevations and some easy and difficult areas making it ideal for those who want something simple or a little strenuous to try out. The trail includes many overlooks which will give you an incredible view of the surrounding forest. However, for those who want something very difficult to trek down, there’s the Turkey Path Trail. This trail covers two miles and is filled with waterfalls. However, the pathway can be a little slippery and steep.
While you are here, you could also go birdwatching. This state park is part of the Important Bird Area and contains over 128 species of birds. You’ll find everything from turkeys, herons, eagles, ospreys, and wood ducks exploring the grounds. While the park is home to these types of birds, it’s particularly known for its large variety of warblers.
The state park also contains Pine Creek which is great for those who want to try fishing for trout, bass, or panfish. Keep in mind though that the walk to the creek can be a little steep. If you don’t want to risk walking down a steep elevation, there are small creeks located nearby, like Marsh Creek and Straight Run, which are filled with trout.
Motorhomes will find they can pick from 28 sites located on the campground to call home while they are out exploring. These sites include amenities such as electric, restrooms, showers, water, and a dump station. However, there are only a few sites that offer electric. Because of this, you’ll need to specify if you want one with this amenity. The sites can accommodate RVs up to 75 ft.
Keep in mind that the campground is open only from April to October and reservations are needed, usually a year in advance. Pets are allowed on the campground, but only on specific sites. During the summer you should also prepare for lanternflies which tend to populate the park.
You’ll discover plenty of places to take your travel trailer when in the area. One nearby spot to visit with your camper rental is the Susquehannock State Forest. Situated in Abbott, the park is just a quick drive away from Leonard Harrison State Park and is best known for its 16 vistas which offer stunning panoramic views. It’s also perfect for those who want to do some mountain biking or who want to go horseback riding.
Another option to take your motorhome to is The Lands at Hillside Farms. This historic dairy farm is located in Wilkes-Barre and spans over 412 acres. It teaches guests sustainable farming techniques and lets you tour the grounds to see its greenhouses or meet the local cows. In addition to its dairy store which sells cheese, local honey, and ice cream, you’ll also find unique local artwork for sale.
Head over to Altoona with your camper rental to visit the Southern Alleghenies Museum. Built-in 1976, the museum is just one of four other similar museums in the state which are dedicated to exhibiting local artwork which ranges from paintings to sculptures. It offers tours and also hosts various events throughout the year, which includes talks and art camps for kids.
While in Altoona stop by the Railroaders Memorial Museum. This museum tells the story behind Pennsylvania's important railroad history and features many exhibits which cover over three floors. Visitors can also step outside to view various locomotives that have been restored.
There are quite a few gas stations located near Leonard Harrison State Park, so you’ll be able to fill your tank up when necessary easily. In addition to this, there are a handful of nearby restaurants which range from serving Asian cuisine to pizza. For those looking for some special food items to eat while in the state, check out some nearby places which sell those sought after Pennsylvanian staples.