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 Today, the steep hillsides are silent, and the lumberjacks have been replaced by anglers, hikers, and skiers.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.
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.
Outside Poe Paddy State Park
Poe Paddy State Park sits adjacent to the Bald Eagle State Forest and the White Mountain Wild Area. Within a short drive, you can hike, fish, and bike to your heart's content. A few shopping and dining opportunities lie within a one-hour radius, so you can head out to dinner or pick up a memento to remember your adventure.
Run by a family that's passionate about delicious meats, LeRoy Infamous UpTexas BBQ is a must-visit stop for barbecue lovers. The menu is exactly what you want in a barbecue joint: delicious smoked and pulled meats, rich sides, and indulgent desserts such as peanut butter pie. Don't miss the local-favorite dilly potato salad and spiced macaroni and cheese.
Location: 105 E Main St, Millheim, PA 16854
Dutch Valley Bakery
Don't let the line at Dutch Valley Bakery put you off; the delicious home-baked treats are worth the wait. In addition to sweets, you can enjoy classic comfort food meals and barbecue.
Type: Bakery, American
Location: Spring Mills, PA 16875
Friendly and relaxed, Pizza Heaven is the perfect place to enjoy a family dinner. The interior is attractive but laid-back, so you can dig into a pizza in complete comfort.
Location: 137 Streamside Pl, Spring Mills, PA 16875
If you love craft beer, don't miss the excellent Elk Creek Cafe. Known for its modern takes on comfort food — lobster crab mac and cheese and tempura cauliflower are two popular items — this spot attracts beer nerds and foodies alike.
Location: 100 W Main St, Millheim, PA 16854
During World War II, the New Lancaster Valley Wilderness Lodge was a mess hall for a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Today, it's a rustic restaurant that serves pub classics such as cheese fries, ribs, and hot sandwiches. If you're thirsty, be sure to check out the expansive beer selection.
Location: 20 Jack Pine Cir, Milroy, PA 17063
If you're planning to do some fishing at Poe Paddy State Park, head straight for Penn's Creek Angler Fly Shop. Small and friendly, this shop offers flies, rods, and all of the supplies you need for a fun weekend on the water.
Location: 5540 Weikert Rd, Weikert, PA 17885
Specializing in pottery made on site, Aaronsburg Pottery is the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Each piece features earthy textures and unique color schemes to jazz up your cupboards.
Location: 200 West W Plum St, Aaronsburg, PA 16820
Grab all of the groceries you need for your camping trip at Burkholder's Country Market. This small store offers a full selection of produce, dry goods, and deli supplies.
Location: 107 Market Dr #8420, Spring Mills, PA 16875
Fun and funky, IngleGoods is a lovely spot to shop for antiques.
Location: 111 E Main St, Millheim, PA 16854
Your RV will smell beautiful after a trip to the Good Scents Candle Co. Shop for locally made candles, or stock up on other scented products such as potpourri and simmer sachets.
Location: 115 E Main St, Millheim, PA 16854
Just a few miles from Poe Paddy State Park, Poe Valley State Park offers more ways to enjoy the Pennsylvania wilderness. Covering 620 acres, this park offers a beach, boat rentals, fishing, and a wide network of hiking trails. When it's snowing, bring your snowmobile or cross-country skis to keep the fun going strong.
Location: 136 Poe Valley Rd, Penn Township, PA 176832
Hike through untouched forests to the top of White Mountain at the White Mountain Wild Area. Located just southeast of Poe Paddy State Park, this wilderness area is ideal for backcountry exploration.
Location: Milroy, PA 17063
Escape the heat of the summer at Woodward Cave. One of the largest caves in the state, it offers the chance to explore five rooms. Join a group tour or book a private experience to have the massive underground caverns all to yourself.
Location: 148 Woodward Cave Dr, Woodward, PA 16882
If you want an even wilder caving adventure, head to Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park. Here, you can climb aboard a tour boat and explore underground rivers that flow under rugged stalactites and through low tunnels. The cave is so unusual that it's on the National Register of Historic Places. While you're there, check out the animals in the wildlife park, explore the maze, and try your luck panning for gemstones.
Location: 222 Penns Cave Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828
Bring your horses and head to the beautiful horse trails in the Bald Eagle State Forest. Many of the local trails are open to horses, so you can explore deep into the forest. Pop by the state forest office for current information on trail conditions.
Location: Laurelton, PA 17747
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
You'll make memories that last a lifetime when you take an RV adventure to Poe Paddy State Park. If you don't have an RV of your own, rent one with RVshare! If you share your trip photos on social media, be sure to tag us, or send them to [email protected] for a chance to be featured on our blog.