Trough Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide
Covering just 550 acres in western Pennsylvania, Trough Creek State Park is small but mighty. Within the park boundaries, you can hike to the beautiful Rainbow Falls, check out the gravity-defying Balanced Rock, and marvel at the wild bald eagles that soar through the forest. The sprawling Raystown Lake sits close by, providing world-class fishing, boating, and land-based adventures. Surrounded by miles of untouched forests and hills, Trough Creek State Park offers a true wilderness getaway just 22 miles from Martinsburg and 40 miles from Altoona. Come in the pleasant summer season for the full family-camp experience or embrace the silence and solitude that arrive with the winter snows.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Trough Creek State Park
Bring your RV to Trough Creek State Park, and you'll be prepared for anything the rapidly changing mountain climate brings. In the cool fall, spring, and winter seasons, a rental from RVshare ensures that you're always warm and dry.
Trough Creek State Park Campground
Tucked into the trees near the creek, the Trough Creek State Park Campground is a small, quiet getaway. Each of the 29 campsites has electricity and plenty of room for your RV. Bring firewood to build a fire in your private fire ring, and enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your picnic table. All of the campsites are situated within walking distance of the rustic restrooms, and there's a dump station near the office for your convenience. Pets are welcome, but only at specific campsites. Nightly fees start at $22 per night.
Hemlock Hideaway Campground
Families love the Hemlock Hideaway Campground, which is situated just five minutes from Trough Creek State Park. RV sites offer full hookups and cable TV, so you can enjoy all of your motorhome's amenities. A short walk from camp, you can swim in the heated pool, clean off in the hot showers, or escape the weather in the game room. In the summer, grab an ice cream from the camp store or play a round of mini-golf. Other perks include a playground, a fishing pond, and a basketball court. Rates for RV sites start at $40 per night, with discounts for six-night stays.
Pleasant Hills Campground
Relax in the great outdoors at Pleasant Hills Campground, which offers a variety of RV sites with full hookups about 18 miles from Trough Creek State Park. Owned and operated by a local family, this campground offers a peaceful, kid-friendly experience. After a day of hiking, come back to camp for a dip in the swimming pool or a few hours at the playground. Paid Wi-Fi service is available, and the campground also offers mini-golf, hayrides, and a variety of sports courts. Most of the 140 campsites provide ample shade. Rates range from $47-$52 per night for RVs.
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What to Do at
Trough Creek State Park
Inside Trough Creek State Park
Be sure to bring your hiking boots to Trough Creek State Park because you'll need them to experience the challenging hiking trails that wind through the park's ravines and peaks. Check out the historic Ice Mineshaft, and hop on the short but difficult Balanced Rock Trail to see Rainbow Falls and Balanced Rock. If you're in the mood for a challenge, the 2.4-mile Burmbaugh Trail offers some of the best views in the park. Bring a mountain bike to ride the 3.5-mile Old Forge Road or fish for trout in the Great Trough Creek and Raystown Lake. When winter hits, bundle up for a thrilling snowmobile adventure on the park trails.
Outside Trough Creek State Park
Come for a weekend or a longer stay; the area around Trough Creek State Park has adventures to fill your vacation. This part of Pennsylvania is all about the great outdoors, with forest, lakes, and mountain activities around every bend. If you're in search of culture, dining, or shopping, the region's small towns have you covered.
Situated a short drive from the park, Bestway Pizza is a convenient spot to pick up a pizza to go. If you're cutting carbs, calories, or gluten, try the cauliflower crust.
Location: 3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Entriken, PA 16638
Indulge in classic pub foods such as loaded nachos, onion rings, and breaded mushrooms at Happy Hollow Restaurant. The menu also features a large selection of burgers, sandwiches, and comfort-food dinners, making it a great spot for families.
Location: 10924 Raystown Rd, Saxton, PA 16678
Original Italian Pizza
Locals rave about the authentic foods at Original Italian Pizza. You'll need to drive 10 miles, but the trip is well worth the delicious pizza, fresh salads, and hearty hoagies.
Location: 721 Main St, Saxton, PA 16678
Every meal you order from the Bistro At the Village Green benefits the local senior home. In addition to supporting a great cause, you'll get a fantastic meal. The menu changes all the time, but you can expect delicious dishes such as crab macaroni and cheese and parmesan chicken flatbread. On Sundays, the restaurant hosts a brunch that's popular with residents and tourists alike.
Location: 403 Village Way, Martinsburg, PA 16662
You'll feel right at home at Traditions Restaurant & Bakery, a friendly spot that serves classic comfort foods. Fill up on a plate of honey-glazed ham balls and mashed potatoes, or come for a big breakfast before a day on the water.
Type: American, Bakery
Location: 2329 Curryville Rd, Martinsburg, PA 16662
Located in the same building as Traditions Restaurant & Bakery, Traditions Gift Shoppe is the ideal place to find souvenirs and locally made gifts. You'll also find a selection of outdoor clothing for every season.
Location: 2329 Curryville Rd, Martinsburg, PA 16662
Get out of the sun for the afternoon at the Logan Valley Mall. Home to a variety of popular national chains, the mall offers something for everyone in the family. There's also a movie theater on-site for rainy-day fun.
Location: 5580 Goods Ln Suite 1, Altoona, PA 16602
Newswanger Bike Shop
Stock up on all of the supplies you need to explore the local bike trails at the Newswanger Bike Shop. This independent shop carries bikes and parts and also offers service and repairs.
Location: 166 Emory Oak Ln, Roaring Spring, PA 16673
Drive 10 minutes south of Trough Creek State Park to find Four Diamonds Ranch. Here, you'll find a selection of bath and body products, all made from ingredients produced on site. With a selection that includes goat's milk lotion, beard oil, and handmade soap, you can find a treat for yourself or a gift for a friend.
Location: 4356 Newburg School Road, James Creek, PA 16657
A few minutes from Trough Creek State Park, the enormous Raystown Lake reservoir snakes through the hills. The waters are calm and quiet, creating opportunities for kayaking, boating, and swimming. The Seven Points and Tatman Run beaches are popular swimming locations, and the two marinas on the lake offer boat rentals and launches.
Location: Entriken, PA 16638
If you're coming to Trough Creek State Park in the summer months, spend a fun day with your family at the WildRiver Waterpark. Located inside Lake Raystown resort, this thrilling spot offers water slides, a splash pool, and innertube rides. Day passes are affordable, and you'll find snacks and drinks on-site.
Location: 3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Saxton, PA 16678
Follow the local adrenaline junkies to Allegrippis Trails, a network of hair-raising singletrack trails near the shores of Raystown Lake. Bring protective gear to enjoy the 36 miles of well-maintained trails that run through the forests and hills. Three stacked loops offer a challenge for riders of all levels.
Location: Bakers Hollow Rd, Hesston, PA 16647
Broad Top Area Coal Miners Museum
Discover the fascinating history of Pennsylvania at the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Museum. See historic photos of the immigrants who came to the United States and built the coal industry, and learn about the geologic events that led to the rich coal seams in the area. You'll also get a fascinating insight into the social and economic situation and movements of miners throughout history.
Location: 105 Church St, Robertsdale, PA 16674
Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park
Work on your jumps and tricks at the Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park. Stretches of pack-sand tracks, boardwalks, and berms provide a fun challenge for any BMX or mountain-bike rider. Some of the trails have a slight incline, but the course is suitable for kids and adults. Entry is free.
Location: 6993 Seven Points Rd, Hesston, PA 16647
How to Get to
Trough Creek State Park
The easiest way to reach Trough Creek State Park in an RV is to take Interstate 99 to Exit 23 and get off on Highway 164 east. From there, you can hop on Highway 26 north, cross Raystown Lake on Highway 994, and take Road 3031 north to Trough Creek.
Entering Trough Creek State Park
Trough Creek State Park is open 365 days a year. The park's day-use areas open at sunrise and close at sunset.
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