The origin of the town’s name, Perkasie, PA, comes from Lenape’s word for this particular area, Pèhpahkàsink, which means “the place to crack nuts." Pecan trees were once plentiful, but many were cut down for lumber and to make room for farming. William Penn, the man credited for creating Pennsylvania, built a home in Perkasie in early 1700, which was called the Perkasie Manor.
The major industries in the area varied over the years, ranging from silk mills to brickyards. For a time, a Spalding factory producing major-league baseballs was based in Perkasie. Due to a couple significant, widespread fires, many historic homes, and buildings in Perkasie had to be razed. The few historic homes still standing are protected from any further development, however.
The closest large town is Doylestown about 13 miles southeast.
The Great Outdoors
You likely want to use your RV rental to hit a number of nearby parks for outdoor recreation, right? This part of Pennsylvania offers several state parks, including game lands, that are great for hiking and exploring. Be mindful that while the designated game lands permit hiking and some recreational activities, there will be hunters on the grounds at many parts of the year. You should wear blaze orange and be aware of the regulations.
Nockamixon State Park, which is just a few miles from Perkasie, is a large 10,000-acre park with over 30 miles of trails winding through mature woods and through fresh, bright meadows. Nockamixon Lake, which stretches through the entire park, offers plenty of boating and fishing endeavors. Catch fish like smallmouth, largemouth, and hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, and more. Although overnight camping isn’t permitted, there are plenty of parking for trailers and motorhomes, a perfect spot to bring your Perkasie camper rental.
For an even larger park with more solitude, Pinchot State Forest, Long Pond Conservation Easement, Hickory Run State Park, Pocono Preserve, Bear Creek Preserve, Tobyhanna State Park, and several game lands all combined makes for around 200,000 acres of untouched wilderness. Almost every outdoor recreational activity can be done in this cluster of parks: hike, bike, horseback ride, boat, fish, hunt, camp, ski, snowmobile, and more. Some parks allow RV camping, though you may need a permit (usually free).
When you rent a motorhome in Perkasie, you’ll need someplace to park it overnight. There are several options north of the city. The closest is Homestead Family Campgrounds, which offers the usual full hookups and additional amenities like free WiFi, a swimming pool, and a pet area.
Alternatively, Tohickon Family Campgrounds near Quakertown provides plenty of lots for your RV, though not all have full hookups. There are showers, restroom facilities, and a convenience store.
Sometimes you’ll need to make an unplanned overnight stop in your RV rental. There is a Walmart store in Hatfield, a few minutes away and camping may be an option. Be sure to ask the store manager for permission before retiring for the night.
Exploring the City
This far out in the boonies, it’s easy to think that there isn’t much to do other than hike. On the contrary! There are plenty of places to see and activities to partake in the area. Perkasie has an award-winning farmer’s market, open from June till late October on Saturday, that features fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, hand-pressed cheeses, and other handcrafted goods from local master craftsmen and artisans.
History buffs will love to hit the road for a sightseeing tour of local historic homes and structures. William Penn’s summer home, known as the Pennsbury Manor, was reconstructed in early 1900s based on the original designs. The nearby Perkasie Covered Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Structure. Both in Perkasie and in the surrounding towns, there are many homes that date as far back as the early 1700s.
Sellersville Museum, which is housed in an old, ornate schoolhouse, features historic memorabilia and artifacts of Bucks County, and occasionally holds special events featuring local oddities and collections. Sellersville is right next door to Perkasie, and easy to find. Note: the museum has limited hours, check online for the schedule.
Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, is a historic-themed shopping village, with colonial style buildings and period-appropriate gardens and shops. The Giggleberry Fair, which is an indoor gaming/playgrounds facility for children, features a giant carousel, three-story obstacle course for both children and adults, and an arcade with modern games.
Craft beer is a time-honored tradition in southeastern Pennsylvania, and Perkasie is no different. At the end of a long day of adventure and fresh air, unwind at the Free Will Brewing Company, which is a local brewing company. Their specialties include farmhouse and sour beers aged in oak barrel, and they also have other small beer labels on hand, should you not be a fan.
Still seeking that Pennsylvania small town charm, consider a motorhome rental in Perkasie. Visit a brewery, take a nice long walk on a hiking trail, watch a sunset, and take in the outstanding landscape. Rent an RV in Perkasie, PA and go explore the Quaker State!