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The delightful town of Willow Street, PA is based in the idyllic setting of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - an area famed the world over for its charm. The city was named for the many willow trees that once lined its streets. Nowadays, they’re few and far between, but the tranquility, family values, and gorgeous German architecture remain. An RV rental in Willow Street, PA opens up the neighboring city of Lancaster - one of the oldest inland towns in the USA, which is full to the brim with historical delights.
Or take a short drive north to the adjacent town of Lyndon where the golfers in the group are sure to have a good time at the golf course in town. Head south and you’ll find yourself in Herrville, home to the Shiprock Woods Nature Preserve. Go east to Lampeter for exploration and head to the local community park which will be a treat for the kids, and kids at heart, as it hosts action-packed events including monster truck rallies, petting zoos, and even rodeos.
Incredibly close to your travel trailer rental from Willow Street is the breathtaking Michaux State Forest, situated a hop, skip, and a jump from the famous Gettysburg. Rent an RV in the morning, and you could have your camp set up in the forest by lunchtime. With more activities than you can shake a stick at, including ATV rentals, a gun range, and horseback riding - you’re sure to keep every member of the family entertained.
Even closer to your camper rental in Willow Street is the watersports haven of Marsh Creek State Park, only open during the summer months. The area boasts a wide array of sports for you and your family to try out, whether you’re looking for a boat rental, kayak and stand up paddle boarding lessons, nighttime lake tours, or a weeklong kids summer camp to keep the little ones happy.
If hiking is more your jam, pack up your boots and a picnic and hit the road towards the Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve. Home to the Tucquan Creek, a 5.9-mile long stream and a tributary of the Susquehanna River, this preserve is a not-so-hidden gem, and it’s easy to see why, with a well-kept hiking path meandering alongside the creek, diverse botany covering the landscape, and a magical waterfall that looks like a fairies dreamland.
There aren’t any RV parks in Willow Street itself, but there are at least a dozen options nearby. The closest is the Circle M RV and Camping Resort which is just a 10-minute drive in your Willow Street RV rental. Set in one of the winding loops of the Conestoga River, Circle M provides full hookups with water and electricity. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, mini golf, games room, fishing on site, a playground for the kids, and a general store. This campground is family-friendly, but it’s worth noting that they close from the end of November to the beginning of April.
If you’re looking for a more campground with events galore, perhaps the Pequea Creek Campground, a 15-20 minute drive depending on traffic, would suit. The campground is in Pequea (pronounced peck-way) and sits right beside a quintessentially Pennsylvanian treasure - a covered bridge. Full hookups are available and there are coin-operated showers and laundry facilities on site. Additional amenities include a playground, general store, walking trails to spot the plentiful local wildlife, and lots of scheduled events.
Considering its relatively small population, you might be surprised to hear that Willow Street is home to more than ten churches. Each features unique architecture, and even for those who aren’t religious, a walking tour of the town's churches can make for a fun activity. For shopping, you have to hit up Kendig Square, with shops, thrift stores, gyms, and restaurants galore - this is the most happening spot in town.
If there are any history buffs in your midst, you can take them on a drive down Eshelman Mill Road, and just when you hit the open countryside with horses and cattle on either side of you, you’ll see a small stone barn - the birthplace of the American long rifle.
But there's not just historical treasure to be found in this small town, in fact, Willow Street is the home of the oldest homestead in all of Lancaster County. The 1719 Hans Herr House offers countless exhibits and buildings that show us the journey of early America, and ultimately, the foundation of Lancaster County.
Gas stations are plentiful in the town itself but are few and far between once you leave, so be sure to fill up the motorhome rental in Willow Street before heading out on your day trips.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can take a break and hit up one of the dining options in Willow Street. With pretty much every cuisine on offer, choose between the local sandwich shops, Mexican eateries, Chinese takeouts, or if you’re looking for a more authentic PA meal, try one of the family-run restaurants serving hearty, traditional American fare. And don’t leave without trying one of the local delicacies, scrapple - or apple dumplings.
With so many family-friendly activities, awe-inspiring scenery, and local delights - it’s about time you start your search for RV rentals in Willow Street.