2020 Heartland Gateway
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Known as both “Punxy” and the “Weather Capital of the World,” Punxsutawney is a unique and enchanting town in the sleepy countryside of western Pennsylvania. This miniature hamlet is located approximately halfway between Pittsburgh and State College, with a distinctly rural feel in a suburban center.
The name Punxsutawney is derived from the Lenape native word meaning “land of mosquitos,” but don’t let this scare you away. The town is known for a variety of reasons, from its historic buildings and old industrial factories to its gentle, rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes.
Chances are that you've heard of the city's most famous resident, Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil is the famed groundhog who each year determines when winter will end on February 2nd. Over 20,000 people descend on the town each year for Groundhog's Day to take part in this fun-filled occasion, with millions of others watching live on television to see if the groundhog has seen his shadow or not. When you book an RV in Punxsutawney, you can take part in these strangely satisfying celebrations, or head for the hills to put your Punxsutawney motorhome rental to good use with lots of travel, exploration, and camping fun.
If your primary motive for visiting Punxsutawney is to get out into nature, you are in luck. Western Pennsylvania is absolutely saturated with hunting areas, secluded fishing spots, state parks, lush forests, old mountain ranges, and scenic lakes that you can visit when you rent an RV. Moraine State Park is just one example of where you can spend part of your vacation, located a short drive to the west. This gorgeous park is named for the glacial moraines left behind thousands of years ago during the end of the last ice age. The park sits on the edge of Lake Arthur, so fishing, swimming, and boating are all possible. You can also go hunting, hiking, hot air ballooning, camping in your Punxsutawney campervan rental, or take part in the annual sailing regatta held in August.
Prince Gallitzin State Park also has its own lake, and boating, swimming, and fishing are quite common here. There is a system of trails intertwining throughout the park, and ample space to have a picnic, mountain bike, hike, snowmobile, snowshoe, and more. Laurel Ridge State Park is south of Punxsutawney, and much smaller than most of the other state parks mentioned above, but nonetheless it is a fantastic place to visit when you rent an RV. The park contains part of the Laurel Ridge Hiking Trail, a splendid 70-mile trail that cuts through rich Pennsylvania wilderness.
The largest forest in the state can be found an hour's drive north of Punxsutawney, in the sprawling Allegheny National Forest, covering half a million acres of northwestern Pennsylvania. This lovely forest shares a name with the Allegheny River which runs through the forest. Ninety percent of the national forest is covered in an actual forest, with a large percentage of it considered old growth. There is no limit to the fun you can have hiking or camping in the Allegheny National Forest, so be sure to include it in your Punxsutawney RV rental trip itinerary.
Western Pennsylvania is loaded with campgrounds and RV parks, thanks to its incredibly popular parks and outdoor recreation areas. Willow Farm Campground is one of many options you can consider when you rent an RV in town. There is a refreshing pool to swim in when you stay at the campground, along with a recreation hall, a store, and a fishing pond.
Rustic Acres Campground has a variety of campsite types, for tent camping, group camping, and RV camping too. The park has a mini-golf course, basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoes, and lots of other fun games to keep you occupied while stoking your competitive fire.
Lumber City RV Park is another solid option, with spacious campsites and a convenient location. You can enjoy any number of activities while staying at this campground too, most notably playing disc golf on the park’s course.
Punxsutawney is a homey village with a distinct feel to it that cannot be described, so you’ll have to visit it for yourself. A simple stroll through the downtown area of Punxatawney will yield some pretty special sights as well, as it is the best way to move throughout the highly walkable area, perusing fantastic local shops, restaurants, wineries, bars, and other businesses.
It is no secret that most people come to town, or are at the very least aware of its existence because of the yearly Groundhog’s Day celebration that is considered a public holiday in the United States. Most of the town’s attractions revolve around the furry weather predictor, like the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center. This unique museum covers all the local lore surrounding the origins of Groundhog’s Day, the name of the groundhog, and why the first settlers in the area believed that it was an accurate way to predict how long winter will last. The museum is great for people of all ages, and it has a souvenir shop should you feel the need to bring some gifts home for friends and family members.
If you are still wondering and wanting to learn more about Punxatawney Phil, you can visit his actual burrow in the heart of town in one of its public park spaces. The woodland critter is situated in a safe habitat protected from the public, surrounded by statues and other neat things. You can also visit historic homes that once belonged to people (not that there’s anything wrong with groundhog homes), like the historic Christian Miller Home or the T. M. Kurtz House.