Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Monday, February 27, 2017

RV Park Review - Bellefonte/State College KOA (Bellefonte, Pennsylvania)


Website:     Bellefonte/State College KOA
Location:   Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Date:         October 2016
Price:        $57/night


The reason that we decided to stay at this RV park was because its location fell within our “we are not driving more than 250 miles today” declaration.  It was also appealing because it was sandwiched in between two no hookup sites and we were wanting to catch up on laundry.  We only stayed two nights which was enough time to explore hiking trails in a nearby state park, make a trip to the famed creamery on Penn State University campus, and see the historic town of Bellefonte.  The 60-acre park is located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains which was quite spectacular in the fall. 

Overall, it was a good place to stop and generally we liked the park.  The price listed above was for a deluxe full hookup site (which included a paved patio, sunken fire pit, patio furniture, and a swing) and not a standard site. 

20161104_082846_thumb5
The park was pretty quiet as we were there during the week.  Apparently, when the Penn State Nittany Lions are playing a home game the place is quite different as many of the RV’s in the park belong to fans who pack in for football games to yearly pre-reserved sites.  So check on home games before arriving. 

Site description:

The park has 91 RV sites to choose from as well as tent sites, cabins, and “lodges.”  There are pull-thru and back-in sites ranging from full hookup deluxe, full hookup 50A, full hookup 30A, and water/30A only.  The section in the front of the park is open with spotty trees but the back section of the park is heavily treed.  Some pull-thru sites have a very steep short hill to go up which made for some RV’s scraping bottom and not being level if they did not pull far enough forward (see pictures below). 

 20161104_083753_thumb620161104_081529_thumb13
Not all sites are big rig-friendly.  Especially in the back as they are tucked amongst trees, roads are narrow, and sites are not very long (see below).

Roads and RV pads are gravel.   Each site has a picnic table and fire pit.  There are about 45 cable channels.  Satellite reception at some sites would be difficult as trees would interfere.  There is free wifi at each site which worked well at our site (#32).

 20161104_081816_thumb320161104_081832_thumb120161104_081837_thumb2
Deluxe pull-thru sites are parallel to the road with a large paved patio, in-ground fire pit, patio furniture consisting of chairs and a table, and a swing (at some).  Back-in sites offer a little more privacy and space as you are not right on the road like our site was. 

20161104_082035_thumb720161104_082018_thumb120161104_081501_thumb1
 20161104_081935_thumb320161104_081941_thumb5Amenities:

Amenities include a covered pavilion, off-leash dog park, camp store, swimming pool, playground, basketball/volleyball courts, and fishing pond.  We were there during the off-season but apparently there is lots going on in the summer with hayrides, treasure hunts, Sunday morning pancakes, and a Splash Pad (whatever that is). 

Surrounding area:

The town of State College (and home of Penn State University) are a short 15-minute drive away.  The area surrounding the campus is great for walking around with plenty of shopping, restaurants, bars, and college town activities.  Bellefonte is a historic town about six miles away with more shopping, restaurants, galleries, and a nice park along the river.  A large grocery store is five miles from the park.  We spent one afternoon hiking around Bald Eagle State Park where there are plenty of recreational opportunities including hiking trails, a boat launch, and camping.

What we liked:

Overall, the park was nice and we liked the large paved patio at our site.  This park is located less than two miles off I-80 and a very convenient stop if you are looking for a place close to the interstate.  If you don’t mind being farther off the interstate and don’t want the cost or amenities of a KOA, we would suggest checking out the campground at Bald Eagle State Park. 

What we didn’t like:

Prices at this park are high for what you get.  The nicest site and most feasible for big rigs are those with deluxe patios (but that means you are paying more than a standard site).  Many of the longer pull thrus would not work for us because of the steep grade that makes the site difficult for longer RVs to level. 

Spirit’s two cents:

There is a decent size off-leash dog park which is a plus.  The state park is a nice place to take your dog for a walk but it’s about a 20 minute drive.  The campground is not very large so you may be walking your dog around the grounds a couple of times if you want a really good walk.