Poe Paddy State Park RV & Campground Guide


In the late 1800s, the Poe Paddy State Park area was a hub for lumber activity. The park itself boasted a thriving mill town, and a railroad line carried logs through the forest. Today, the steep hillsides are silent, and the lumberjacks have been replaced by anglers, hikers, and skiers. The park is small, but it has plenty to offer. You can hike through the forest, enjoy the exceptional trout fishing, and camp among the tall trees. Hardy adventurers can snowmobile or ski during the winter months to see the park under a blanket of snow. Come prepared for solitude and adventure; the closest town is Millheim, which sits 13 miles away, and Pittsburgh lies 165 miles to the southwest.

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Spring 25-70 F
Summer 55-80 F
Fall 30-70 F
Winter 15-35 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Poe Paddy State Park

After a day of wading through streams and hiking into the hills at Poe Paddy State Park, an RV is a welcome sight. If you want to try RV camping but don't own a motorhome, consider an RV rental from RVshare. You can pick a cozy model for your group, all without a long-term commitment.

Poe Paddy State Park Campground

When you book a site at the Poe Paddy State Park Campground, you get the opportunity to experience the park in the misty morning light when the landscape is at its most magical. Whether or not you get up early for fishing or hiking, you'll appreciate the forested sites and quiet atmosphere. You won't find hookups or flush toilets here, but you can pop over to Poe Valley State Park to use the hot showers and the dump station. Book ahead to reserve one of the 34 sites, which are available from April through early December. Sites start at $15 per night.

Hemlock Acres Campground

Enjoy the wilderness and a few amenities at Hemlock Acres Campground. Sites here offer water and electric hookups as well as an individual fire pit and picnic table. This is a great alternative if you have a big rig; pull-through sites are readily available, and there's a dump station on site. Your nightly fee offers access to the game room, playground, swimming pool, and organized activities. Hot showers and flush toilets make every trip a bit more comfortable. Rates vary by season, but it's safe to expect a minimum nightly rate of $35 for an RV site.

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What to Do at
Poe Paddy State Park

Inside Poe Paddy State Park

Bring your fishing gear to Poe Paddy State Park; it sits at the intersection of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek, creating world-class trout fishing. If you're a fly fisherman, the best time to visit is during the Green Drake Hatch at the end of May. The Mid State Trail also runs through the park, offering access to the thrilling Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel. During hunting season, you can hunt in designated areas. In the winter, rent a snowmobile and buzz through the park roads and forest roads. 

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How to Get to
Poe Paddy State Park

The easiest way to get to Poe Paddy State Park from the north is to take Interstate 80 to Loganton and head south on Highway 880. When you reach Rebersburg, take Highway 192 west to 445 South. At Millheim, take Highway 45 to Siglerville Millheim Pike, and turn east on Poe Valley Road. From the south in Lewistown, take Highway 322 north to Siglerville Millheim Pike, and continue onto Poe Valley Road. The roads leading to the park feature tight turns and steep grades, so allow plenty of time for travel in your RV.

Entering Poe Paddy State Park

Poe Paddy State Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Poe Paddy State Park Entry fee (per person) : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Poe Paddy State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Poe Paddy State Park?

Although Poe Paddy State Park is open all year, there might not be access during the winter because of inclement weather. The best time to visit is in the spring, particularly if you're a fly fisher.

What is the climate of Poe Paddy State Park?

Poe Paddy State Park is relatively cool throughout the year, with temperatures seldom exceeding 85 F in the summer or dipping beneath the 20s in winter. Extremes are rare. Spring and summer see above-average rainfall.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Poe Paddy State Park?

Aside from the mayflies, which only last three or four days once hatched, you'll encounter groundhogs, black bears, and white-tailed deer to go with the plenteous trout in the park's streams.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Poe Paddy State Park?

Poe Paddy State Park provides 37 RV sites without sewer or electricity. Water is provided. There can only be up to five people at any one site, so it's great for small family visits. The campground has chemical toilets.

Are pets allowed at Poe Paddy State Park?

You may bring dogs to the park, but there is an additional fee per dog. Dogs must also always be leashed, and campers are responsible for cleaning up after them.