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Prince Gallitzin State Park is centrally located in the heart of Pennsylvania, making it the perfect stop off for anyone who wishes to rent an RV here. With its location being close to I-80 and I-99, the towns of Somerset and DuBois are reachable in less than an hour, and the city of Pittsburgh in less than two.
Prince Gallitzin State Park has a unique history that is certainly a fascinating one. The park itself is named after Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, a Russian Nobel man and, catholic priest, who played an important role in the settling of Cambria County. His legacy will forever be remembered in Prince Gallitzin State Park.
This vast state park sprawls across 6,000 acres of forested hills, a striking man-made lake and, expansive sandy beach. To experience this amazing state park, book an RV in Cambria County and set off on a wonderful family adventure.
With such vastly varied landscapes, there are countless opportunities to spend time in the great outdoors at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The 1,600-acre Glendale Lake is the central attraction in the park and boasts opportunities for swimming, boating and, year-round fishing. Those that are camping at Prince Gallitzin State Park, and have their own boat can make use of the nine public boat launch areas dotted along the 26-miles of shoreline. All boats should display a registration from any state and have acquired a launching permit from the visitor’s center. Moor up at Muskrat Beach from May to September to relax on the sandy beach, conveniently equipped with modern bathhouses, dressing rooms and, picnic areas!
While out on the lake, try your hand at catching some of the resident fish. Glendale Lake is a warm water fishery and home to a wide range of species such as pike, bass, perch and, crappie. Those hoping to grab a tasty catch of trout should head to Killbuck Run for the best chance. During the winter months, RV rental at Prince Gallitzin State Park is extremely popular among ice fishing enthusiasts. Ice thickness here is not monitored, so fishing on the ice is entirely at your own risk. Make sure to take all safety precautions and check the thickness of the ice at every stage.
For those that prefer to stay on dry land, there are over twelve miles of trails in the park suitable for hiking as well as horseback riding and mountain biking. Crooked Run Trail is an easy 1.5-mile long hike that passes through hardwood forests, past Glendale Lake and on to some beautiful landscapes. Once acquainted with your surroundings, why not try your hand at the more challenging Forest Run Trail that steeply climbs a rocky ledge before leading hikers through dense forest and over rolling hills. Those looking for an even better challenge can complete the trail on horseback!
Camping with an RV at Prince Gallitzin State Park is possible from April through to December at the modern campground nestled within the park. Starting off as a relatively small campground, this popular site has grown to provide 437 sites for camping, with the majority able to accommodate all types of RV rentals.
The growing campsite is constantly evolving to provide more and more pitches with full hookups. If you are desperate for a full-service site, make sure to book in advance, as these are the first sites to go during peak season. Do not worry if you don’t manage to bag a site with hookups as there are modern washroom facilities available. For a state park campground, the amenities are extensive and include a laundry room, swimming beach, WiFi, a playground and onsite store selling everything from ice to firewood. Better still, there is an amphitheater that runs workshops and documentaries suitable for both adults and children.
When you rent a camper near Prince Gallitzin State Park, there is much more to see outside of the park. Just a fifteen-minute drive away is the Seldom Seen Tourist Coal Mine that gives visitors an insight into the Pennsylvanian mining history. Call ahead to book onto a tour that takes you deep into these past coalmines. The majority of the tours are led by former miners, whose stories are both personal and heartfelt. This truly authentic experience should not be missed whilst in the area.
For a more extensive selection of museums, head over to Altoona which is one of the closest large cities to the park. The Railroaders Memorial Museum is a must-visit for any history buff, and motorhome camping is nearby. For over a century, Altoona was one of the most important railway facilities in the USA. It seems apt, therefore, that there be such an excellent railroad museum here with rotating exhibits dedicated to the railroaders and their families who contributed to the industry across America.
Whilst in the area, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is well worth a few hours of your time. Being one of four museums scattered around Pennsylvania, these museums are dedicated to showcasing the best of the local artist’s work as well as the work of some international names. Combined, the museum"s house over 4,000 different pieces of artwork, covering a variety of topics.