Bald Eagle State Park RV & Campground Guide

Pennsylvania

Bald Eagle State Park

is located in Howard, Pennsylvania, and covers an area measuring 5,900 acres. It is based in the Bald Eagle Valley with the Allegheny Plateau situated to the north and the Ridge and Valley area of the state to the south. It is home to the Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, as well as the scenic Bald Eagle Creek. The state park offers a wide range of recreational activities to visitors all year long, including boating, swimming, fishing, camping, hunting, hiking, and more. There are 11 miles of trails that are open for hiking and cross-country skiing, while hunting for game species such as squirrels, turkey, rabbits, pheasant, and white-tailed deer is permitted on about 4,910 acres of Bald Eagle State Park.

The diverse geology in the park provides a backdrop for the lake, forests, fields, wetlands, and streams. These areas are most commonly home to wildlife including woodchuck, cottontail rabbit, while squirrel, downy woodpecker, porcupine, turkey, white-tailed deer, woodcock, red-winged blackbird, and more. The area has a moderate climate, however, winter can see nights reach temperatures as low as 17°F. If you’re planning a visit to the region, you’ll certainly want to find out all there is to know about this park, including campgrounds, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 26-73 F
Summer 56-85 F
Fall 31-76 F
Winter 17-39 F
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Nearby Cities
Williamsport, PA
Altoona, PA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bald Eagle State Park

If you’re thinking about staying in or near Bald Eagle State Park, why not do so in an RV? Unlike tents, RVs provide you with a soft, comfortable bed, as well as your own private bathroom and fully stocked kitchen. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget or needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

The state park has both a modern and primitive campground which can accommodate tents and camping vehicles. The Russell P. Letterman Campground features 99 campsites, 72 of which have 30 amp electrical hookups and 12 of which have 50 amp hookups. The primitive camping area has 35 sites reserved for camping vehicles. The campgrounds open the second Friday of April and close in mid-December.

There are also a number of campgrounds and RV parks located near the state park, which we’ve listed below.

Bellefonte / State College KOA Holiday

Just over a 10-minute drive from Bald Eagle State Park is Bellefonte / State College KOA Holiday, which is tucked in the Appalachian Mountains on more than 70 acres. KOAs are well-known for their family-friendly atmosphere and abundance of amenities and on-site activities, so you’ll certainly never feel bored!

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: splash pad, stocked fishing pond, two playgrounds, sports area, jumping pillow, grills, fire pits, heated swimming pool, snack bar, pavilion, cable TV, kitchen dog park, laundry facilities, bathhouse, splash park, gift store.

Fort Bellefonte Campground

Just one minute down the road from the KOA is Fort Bellefonte Campground, which offers a variety of campsites for RVs, cabins and tent sites. There are 90 RV sites on offer, including 18 which have full hookups.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, playground, laundry facilities, cable TV, camp store, miniature golf, water lagoon, pavilion.

Holiday Pines Campground

Just a half-hour drive from the state park is Holiday Pines Campground, which is open from April 1st  through December 1st. It’s a small family campground located in the mountains of North Central Pennsylvania at the gateway to the PA Wilds. RV sites start at $38 per night.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: camp store, bathhouses, laundry facilities, miniature golf, playground, swimming pool, games room, picnic tables, fire rings.

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What to Do at
Bald Eagle State Park

Inside Bald Eagle State Park

At Bald Eagle State Park, there’s something for every type of visitor – whether it’s swimming, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, boating, or exploring the park’s 11 miles of hiking trails. 

Swimming: There’s a 1,200-foot long sand and turf beach within the state park, which also has a children's playground, a snack bar, changing rooms, public restrooms, and parking. The beach can be accessed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted.

Fishing: Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir is a warm water fishery and fishing is permitted from the shore, on boats and from an ADA accessible pier located at the main boat launch in the central park area. Visitors can expect to catch a variety of species, most commonly largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, and channel catfish.

Hunting: Hunting is permitted on over 4,900 acres of Bald Eagle State Park, however, hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Hunting groundhogs is prohibited, but game species such as squirrels, turkey, rabbits, pheasant, and white-tailed deer may be hunted.

Cross-Country Skiing: In winter, the numerous hiking trails within the state park also become the ideal runs for cross-country skiing. Skiers must be aware that some of the trails pass through areas open to hunting and therefore must follow regulations.

Boating: Unlimited horsepower motorboats are permitted on Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, however, boaters must adhere to the speed limit of 45 mph and follow the counterclockwise pattern when navigating the lake. There are also boats available for rent at the marina, including rowboats with and without motors, canoes, runabouts, and pontoon boats.

Hiking: All trails within the state park are open year-round at 8:00 a.m. and are closed at sunset. Some of the most popular hiking trails include the Butterfly Trail, Lakeside Trail, and Skyline Drive Trail.

Outside Bald Eagle State Park

If you thought Bald Eagle State Park has lots on offer, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you outside of the park in the surrounding area, including stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and amazing shopping experiences.

Restaurants

Rey Azteca

Just a 25-minute drive away from the state park is one of the most popular and raved about restaurants within the region:Rey Azteca. This authentic Mexican restaurant has been voted the best in the State College area!

Type: Mexican

Location: State College, PA

Cottage Restaurant

Just 20 minutes outside of the state park is Cottage Restaurant, which is an old-fashioned, family-run institution with hearty, homestyle American dishes, sandwiches, and desserts. It’s located right off the I80, making it perfect for a quick stopover on your way to the region’s famous attractions.

Type: American restaurant

Location: Mill Hall, PA

Hublersburg Inn

Hublersburg Inn is another highly rated place located near the state park. Situated in a historic hotel, this pub and restaurant serves traditional American fare. It has been a local favorite since 1827, so has a rich history and significance within the region.

Type: Historic pub and restaurant

Location: Howard, PA

Shopping

Nittany Mall

If you’ve forgotten some much-needed camping supplies, or simply want to waste away a rainy afternoon at the mall, then Nittany Mall is your go-to. It’s less than a half-hour drive from the state park and features large retailers such as Dunham’s and Macy’s, as well as smaller retailers to suit every need.

Location: College Township, PA

Sightseeing

Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park

Located just over a half-hour drive from the state park is Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, which is America's only all-water cavern and farm-nature-wildlife park. Here, you and your family can enjoy a fully-guided cavern tour by boat, a beautiful farm, an off-road mountain tour, gemstone panning, and so much more.

Location: Centre Hall, PA

Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania

If you’re traveling with children, then a visit to the Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania is recommended! It’s an exciting, growing science center of interactive exhibits and hands-on programs. Regular admission is $7 per person.

Location: State College, PA

The Arboretum at Penn State

The Arboretum at Penn State is a University-run site featuring scenic woodlands, fields, and botanic gardens, as well as a crushed limestone trail. The best part? It’s all completely free!

Location: State College, PA (located in Penn State University)

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How to Get to
Bald Eagle State Park

Bald Eagle State Park is located along PA Route 150 between Milesburg and Lock Haven. From the west, take I-80 to Exit 158 and take PA Route 150 north for about 10 miles. From the east, take I-80 to Exit 178 and take U.S. Route 220 north, then take PA Route 150 south for about 13 miles.

Entering Bald Eagle State Park

There are no entrance fees or day-use fees for any state park in Pennsylvania.

If you’re planning a trip to Bald Eagle State Park, then you sure are in for a treat. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, check out the incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!