2013 Forest River Sunseeker
2013 Forest River Sunseeker
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Sprawling along the west bank of the Lehigh River, Slatington, Pennsylvania is a historic borough that was originally inhabited by the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans before the first European settlers arrived in 1737.
While a sawmill was originally built in the area, it wasn’t until the 19th century that two Welshmen discovered slate and a quarry was established, with Slatington officially incorporated in 1864. Today its historic streets make an attractive base to rent an RV and explore the sights of Lehigh County.
Pick up your motorhome rental in Slatington and drive north to the Beltzville State Park. It centers around the popular fishing waters of Beltzville Dam on Pohopoco Creek where striped bass, walleye, and perch can be caught, and there’s a sandy beach where you can swim during the summer months. Stretch your legs along the 14 miles of hiking trails that lead to the remains of an old gristmill and an abandoned slate quarry while keeping your eyes out for white-tailed deer, squirrels, and groundhogs.
Or, you can make a day trip south to the Nockamixon State Park - one of the most popular recreational areas in southeastern Pennsylvania. There’s good fishing on offer in the waters of Lake Nockamixon where walleye, pickerel, carp, and a variety of bass can be found, or you can explore this artificial reservoir by boat or kayak. Aside from water sports, the park’s northern shores are traversed by numerous hiking and biking trails while horses can be rented in Haycock if you want to explore the southern shores.
A short drive south of Slatington is Schnecksville and the Trexler Nature Preserve, which is home to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. It’s a popular family destination and is home to wildlife from across Asia, Africa, and Australia, including kangaroos, penguins, and a range of reptiles. Feed the towering giraffes or embark on a barnyard tour to get up close to some of the zoo’s friendly domesticated animals.
When you book a travel trailer rental in Slatington, you can pull it into the StonyBrook RV Resort in Lehighton, which offers a good selection of 50 amp full hookup sites with water, sewer, and cable connections. It’s capable of accommodating big rigs, with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the park, and an on-site store where you can pick up grocery supplies.
Also nearby is the Lizard Creek Campground, a small, family-owned RV destination that’s backed by the beautiful Pocono Mountains. You can cool off in the large swimming pool or try your luck at fishing in the creek that runs through the property. Need to pick up supplies? There’s a convenient camp store where you can grab any necessities.
Or, head south to the Allentown KOA, a campground that’s popular with families thanks to its swimming pool, game room, and two playgrounds. It nestles in a secluded mountain valley setting and features a new recreational center where movie nights and bingo are regularly held.
In Allentown, there is a Walmart Supercenter where you may be able to park for a night or two with the manager’s permission.
Park your RV rental near Slatington and wander through the Slatington Historic District, which includes more than 500 buildings that were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. See the oldest residence in the borough at the George Kern Home and visit the First School Slate Factory in western Slatington, then admire the Slatington Baptist Church and St Johns Lutheran Church. Take note of the Fireman’s Drinking Fountain on the main street of Slatington that was built in 1909 and depicts a volunteer fireman holding a child.
Slatington makes a good base for exploring the sights of Allentown, which is home to the historic Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ where a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell can be seen. Admire the Renaissance and modern American works on display at the Allentown Art Museum or get up close to vintage vehicles at the America On Wheels Museum. If you’re traveling with kids, get your thrills on the rollercoasters and waterslides of Dorney Park or watch the IronPigs Minor League Baseball team compete at Coca-Cola Park.
Slatington is within easy access of the Lehigh Valley Wine Country, which is home to various family-owned vineyards that are committed to growing and producing premium wines.
Slatington is home to supermarkets and mini-marts where you can pick up groceries, as well as a few restaurants and eateries for dining out. There’s also a gas station if you want to fill up your RV rental in Slatington, or you can make the 25-minute drive south to Allentown where there’s a more extensive range of services.
Whether you’re visiting Lehigh County for its historic towns or recreational reserves, book an RV in Slatington and start exploring.