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Boasting pristine hardwood forest, a pretty lake, and several opportunities for outdoor recreation, Lyman Run State Park offers all the crucial ingredients you need for a great camping vacation. Located just to the west of Galeton in north-central Pennsylvania, this 595-acre park offers a relaxing wilderness escape for anyone looking to get away from civilization for a little while.
Swimming, boating, and fishing are all popular pastimes in the park, while hikers and ATV riders are also well catered for. And with two scenic camping areas to choose from, Lyman Run State Park has plenty to offer as an RV camping destination.
Surrounded by a hardwood forest of cherry and maple trees, the centerpiece of Lyman Run State Park is 45-acre Lyman Run Lake. This man-made lake is the park's main attraction and is usually a hive of activity during the warmer months.
Many Lyman Run State Park campers like to get their stay off to the right start by taking a dip in the lake at the park's 300-foot sandy beach. Open from late May through until the middle of September, the beach is quite popular at the height of summer with both swimmers and sunbathers. A bathhouse, changing rooms, and snack bar are all provided, as is a popular boat rental concession.
If you'd like to take a boat out on the water, take note that only electric motors (no gasoline) are permitted in the lake. A boat launching ramp and a courtesy dock are provided, and the calm waters are perfect for leisurely canoeing and kayaking.
Anglers will also be pleased to learn that the lake offers excellent trout fishing. Thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which stocks the lake with both palomino and rainbow trout, there are plenty of good reasons to wet a line.
If you'd rather do some exploring on foot, there are six miles of hiking trails to enjoy within the park. Rock Run Trail is a popular route that takes in some very large boulders, while Lyman Run Trail lets you hike the park from end to end. Even better, several of these trails link up with the huge trail system in Susquehannock State Forest.
And while we're on the topic of the forest, Lyman Run State Park also provides access to the Susquehannock ATV Trail. With 43 miles to explore, it's well worth checking out if you're an ATV enthusiast.
If your idea of the perfect getaway is RV camping in Lyman Run State Park, search for a rental RV in Potter County and then reserve a site in one of the park's two camping areas — the Daggett Run Campground and the Lower Campground.
Between them, these two camping areas feature 35 sites. Twenty-nine of those sites feature 50-amp electrical hookups, while six others are walk-in sites for tents only.
Every campsite has its own fire ring, picnic table, and lantern hanger. Each campground also has a modern bathhouse with hot showers and flushing toilets, while the Lower Campground boasts its own dump station.
Pets are permitted on designated sites, which is great news if you want to camp in Lyman Run State Park with your dog. However, just make sure you keep your pooch on a leash and clean up after them at all times.
Finally, both the Daggett Run Campground and the Lower Campground are open from mid-April until the end of deer season in December.
When your motorhome camping vacation in Lyman Run State Park is done and dusted, you can always take the scenic route home. There's plenty more to see and do nearby, so it's worth taking your time to extend your journey a little bit.
For example, if you're keen to check out a fascinating natural wonder, you can head northwest to Coudersport and check out the Coudersport Ice Mine.
If you'd like to stay awhile in another great Pennsylvania state park, Kettle Creek State Park (which also offers great boating) is just over an hour away.
And if you'd rather head for somewhere a little busier, Scranton is just over a three-hour drive away. When you get there, make sure you indulge your inner history nerd at the Steamtown National Historic Site.
Whichever direction you choose to steer your rental RV in, you won't have to go far to find an attraction worth exploring. So, why not rent a camper near Lyman Run State Park and start planning your next adventure?