Blue Knob State Park RV & Campground Guide

Pennsylvania

Tourists come to enjoy the wilderness and adventures on these 6,128 acres of woodland in the northwestern tip of Bedford County. Blue Knob State Park features the perfect solitude to regenerate your mind and body from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. The elevation can cause air temperatures to be lower than those of the surrounding cities, with an annual snowfall average of about 12 feet. The park is 3,146 feet above sea level, making it the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania, and the park's name originated from the majestic dome-shaped mountain. The park is situated on a spur of the Allegheny Front and is overlooking the scenic Ridge and Valley Appalachians to the east, providing photographic opportunities of the most beautiful picturesque scenery. The three main cities near the state park are Imler, Johnstown, and Portage, Pennsylvania.

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Weather
Spring 28-66 F
Summer 56-78 F
Fall 33-69 F
Winter 18-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Blue Knob State Park

If you're thinking about staying in or near Blue Knob State Park, why not stay in an RV? Unlike tents, RVs provide you with better protection from the outdoor weather climates; plus, you'll have a comfortable mattress to sleep on, a fully stocked kitchen, a private bathroom, and private living quarters. If you don't own an RV, you can rent one from RVshare to accommodate your family, budget, and additional needs.

Weimers 764 Campground

Weimers 764 Campground sits on 14 acres of land and is family-owned and -operated. Not only does this campground have RV sites for camping, but they also offer RV storage. The campground provides several RV services like winterization, de-winterization, roof repair, inspection, and more. This area offers many fun attractions for the whole family and is rich in history.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dump station, clean water fill, and bathhouse

Wright’s Orchard Station Campground

Wright’s Orchard Station Campground conveniently sits off of Interstate 99 in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. The campground can house large RVs, fifth-wheels, and travel trailers campers. All sites have a picnic table, and the majority of them have fire rings. Some attractions near this campground are DelGrosso's Amusement Park, Baker Mansion, and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Laundry facility, bathhouse, and dump station

Friendship Village Campground & RV Park

Friendship Village Campground & RV Park is nestled along the Raystown Branch of Juniata River in historic Bedford County. The campground offers large sites that can accommodate modern recreational vehicles with multiple slide-outs. You can purchase firewood, ice, and basic necessities at the camp store.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Cable TV, snack bar, and camper storage

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What to Do at
Blue Knob State Park

Inside Blue Knob State Park

Inside Blue Knob State Park, you can expect to see wilderness all around you with eight different hiking trails that have three levels of difficulty: easy, moderate, and advanced. After taking a long hike, you may want to cool off in the swimming pool that has a depth range of 0 to 5 feet. Trout fishing enthusiasts generally enjoy catching native brook trout and other trout placed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Several of the park's multi-use trails also permit mountain biking for all levels of experience. Other activities that vacationers can do are picnicking, wildlife observation, hunting, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowmobiling.

Outside Blue Knob State Park

The inside of the park is filled with wilderness, but just outside of the Blue Knob State Park, you'll find a whole new level of options to explore. You can eat at the many restaurants or go shopping at the nearby stores. But that's not all! Outside of the park can also offer many historical sites, museums, and nature areas.

Restaurants

Portage Parkway

Portage Parkway sits about 14 miles northwest of the state park right off of Pennsylvania Highway 164. They serve delicious homestyle foods and pizza using their families' secret recipes.

Type: Italian

Location: 100 Pennsylvania Highway 164, Portage, PA 15946

Kosta's Restaurant

Kosta's Restaurant is a hidden gem right off of Germany Road with awesome homemade food and friendly staff.

Type: American

Location: 3135 New Germany Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931

Keystone Restaurant

At Keystone Restaurant, you can expect a nice size portion of delicious food, friendly service, and a good price for your meal.

Type: American

Location: 190 Keystone Road, Loretto, PA 15

Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Applebee’s Grill & Bar is a chain restaurant that serves delicious pasta meals, sandwiches, seafood, and more. Don't forget to try the famous Triple Chocolate Meltdown dessert.

Type: American

Location: 425 Galleria Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904

Red Lobster

Red Lobster sits 21 miles from the state park and is well worth the drive, with various seafood combinations, soups, appetizers, and pasta. Domestic and imported beers and wines are also available at this restaurant.

Type: Seafood

Location: 525 Galleria Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904

Shopping

Ross Dress for Less

Ross offers a great selection of clothing, jewelry, and housewares at a reasonable price.

Location: 330 Town Center Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904

Porinchal's Food Market

Porinchal's Food Market is the closest grocer to the state park, making it ideal for the basic food necessities. The meat sold here is from the local farmers in the Portage area.

Location: 739 Prospect Street, Portage, PA 15946

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart Supercenter is another grocery store near the state park. This store sells groceries, but they also have fishing supplies, hunting supplies, pet supplies, and various clothing items for the whole family. You can also fill your prescription at the pharmacy.

Location: 150 Town Centre Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904

Five Below

This store lives up to its name, with everything being either $5 or less. Some items that you may find at Five Below are toys, electronics, books, and a variety of gift items.

Location: 210 Town Centre Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904

Aeropostale

Aeropostale is a fashion retail chain selling accessories and casual wear for young adults.

Location: 500 Industrial Park, Johnstown, PA 15904

Sightseeing

Mule Shoe Dam

This is an excellent area to go hiking on the many trails and take in the sights. The trails are mostly flat, making it fairly easy.

Location: Duncansville, PA 16635

The Lemon House

The Lemon House was built by Samuel Lemon. It served as a tavern during the days of the Alleghany Portage Railroad. The house is generally open for visitors to view seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., mid-April to mid-November.

Location: 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641

Gravity Hill

Check out the scientific phenomenon this place claims to have as cars roll uphill and water flows the wrong way. Gravity Hill sits in the suburbs of New Paris, PA.

Location: New Paris, PA 15554

Quaint Corner Children's Museum and Discovery Center

Quaint Corner Children's Museum and Discovery Center is a great family environment that provides interactive, hands-on learning through play. The average visit takes about two hours to make it through the museum. Children can watch the Harmonograph draw using the Earth's rotation, spend some time in the arts and crafts room, or learn a new scientific discovery.

Location: 2000 Union Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601

Portage Station Museum

Portage Station Museum tells about the history of Portage and its culture through various figurines, artifacts, carvings, and collections. The museum also has a shop for picking up memorabilia to take home.

Location: 400 Lee Street, Portage, PA 15946

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How to Get to
Blue Knob State Park

The easiest and quickest route to take when traveling from the east or west is on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. You'll want to head toward Bedford and take exit 146. Travel north on I-99 to exit seven and then follow PA-869 west to Pavia. Follow signs to the state park.

From the north, you'll want to take I-99 to exit 23. Follow Old US 220 south. Make a right onto PA-164 west; follow to the town of Blue Knob. Turn left onto Blue Knob Road; follow five miles to the northern entrance of the park. 

If you're coming from the south, you'll want to take I-70 west to Breezewood. Take US 30 west to Bedford, and then north on I-99 to exit seven. Go on PA 869 west to Pavia and continue to the state park.

Entering Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park is open daily all-year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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