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An RV rental in Centre County is a great way to see all that the center of Pennsylvania has to offer, and an even better way to check out Poe Valley State Park. This state park, which is nestled into the rugged mountain valley that makes up Centre County, is comprised of a huge forest that surrounds Poe Lake. When you rent a camper near Poe Valley State Park, you’ll have easy access to all 620 acres of land that the park is made up of, as well as its 25-acre lake.

Near Poe Valley State Park is Bald Eagle State Forest, which adds another 198,000 acres to explore. These two destinations are an outdoor enthusiasts dream, as there are plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. While camping at Poe Valley State Park, you will not be too far from city attractions, since State College, Lock Haven, and Harrisburg are all within easy driving distance.

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Getting Outdoors

Poe Valley State Park is a great place to park your rental RV when you need some time immersed in nature. The park is filled with seemingly endless forests, and throughout these forests are plenty of interweaving trails to keep even the most avid hiker busy. There are trails that lead to small vista overlooks, trails that surround the lake, and trails that will take you deep into the forest and away from all modern conveniences.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled while hiking through the forests as there are plenty of exciting wildlife creatures to spot when you are quiet and observant enough. For those who aren’t into animal spotting, head to Poe Lake for some boating or fishing on the pristine blue waters. This lake is fed from a stream on both ends, so the waters are always fresh and never stagnant. Small boats without engines are allowed on the lake, and those who wish to fish in the lake should sort out their fishing licenses before casting.

Camping with an RV in Poe Valley State Park will give you the opportunity to explore the sandy beaches along Poe Lake’s shores. The beach is a great place to spend the day when you are looking for a relaxing experience, and with it being on the water it is easy to keep an eye on the family while you relax in the sand. Be sure to bring sunscreen, though, since there isn’t a lot of shade from the hot Pennsylvanian summer sun.

Camping at Poe Valley State Park

When traveling throughout the United States, either by yourself or with your family, state park RV campgrounds are a fantastic place to spend your time in. These campgrounds are typically regulated by the state, and often have modern amenities to make your stay even more pleasant. Poe Valley State Park is no exception to this rule, and they offer almost 40 different campsites for guests with an RV to choose from.

There are 27 sites that have full electric hookups, and these campsites vary in the maximum size of RV allowed. In addition to these 27, there are 12 other RV sites that do not have full electricity hookups but still offer water and a place to park your RV. Located throughout the campground are many amenities for all campers to share, including picnic tables, hot showers, flushing toilets, campfire rings, grills, and more.

Exploring the Area

RV camping at Poe Valley State Park is a wonderful way to explore central Pennsylvania. While you are in the area, it is definitely worth checking out State College, home of Penn State University. This small city is one of the best places in the area to head for food, as the selection is expansive thanks to it being a college town. There are many different restaurants to choose from, and guests can find everything from Italian to Chinese, Sushi to modern American, and more to please their palates.

Also in State College are a few family-friendly museums. The Matson Museum of Anthropology is definitely worth a stop and is a campus-based museum centered on cultural education. There are many exhibits on modern and ancient peoples, and they have specific sections of the museum geared toward children. Discovery Space, which is entirely aimed at children, is another great place to check out. This museum has over 45 interactive exhibits that help children understand science and space.

Sometimes it is great to stretch your legs, which is what makes parking your RV in State College and walking around such a great idea. There are dozens of historic, gorgeous buildings to check out throughout the college campus, many of which guests are encouraged to explore. The entire campus is very walkable, and thanks to onsite placards and guide maps, it is easy for even the most geographically stunted visitor to navigate and have a pleasant time.

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