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Outdoor Activities in Happy Valley :: Near State College, PA

If you’re planning a visit to Happy Valley there’s much more to do than just what is in State College. Nearby Bellefonte, Belleville and area camp grounds offer fun outdoor activities for spring which is right around the corner.

A problem that many visitors of Happy Valley may encounter, especially on the busy weekends such as Blue-White weekend, is finding a place to stay with a vacant spot. Nearby camp grounds such as state parks and KOA offer a great alternative to finding a hotel, especially in the warmer months.

State ParkTwo state parks, Bald Eagle and Canoe Creek, are located around Happy Valley. They offer different events such as wildlife and bird watching, fishing and boating. Canoe Creek even has a Wildflower Walk to take in the spring foliage. At Bald Eagle State Park’s Sawyer Dam, fun activities such as boating, fishing and water skiing are great for the whole family. The KOA Campground has areas for tenting, RVs and campers and they even rent out cabins. Some of the cabins sleep up to six people and offer amenities such as a kitchen, living area and private bathroom. This could be a great alternative place to stay when visiting Happy Valley. For Blue-White Weekend and Mother’s Day weekend, the campground has special events going on such as free hayrides, free movie showings and on Mother’s Day they will be having a special “Mother’s Day Sundae.”

In the town of Belleville, about a 30 minute drive southeast of State College, there is an Amish & Farmers Market every Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Amish Market is ten acres and has livestock yards, auction barns, and 400 flea-market stalls. Also the town of Bellefonte, about 10 minutes from State College, has a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. It lasts almost all year, starting around Easter time and ending at Christmas. Local farmers sell a variety of products such as berries, vegetables, flowers, and fruit. Both are great places to stop on your way into Happy Valley for a weekend visit.

Bellefonte is also a great town to visit in Happy Valley besides State College. With spring around the corner there’s a lot to do outdoors. The town consists of buildings from 1785, a train station and the Bellefonte Historical Railroad. Another place of interest is the Reynolds Mansion which is a one of the eight Bed & Breakfasts within walking distance to the historic district. Enjoy the spring weather by taking a walking to tour of the town or take an all-day guided tour for a small fee.

While coming to Happy Valley to see a sporting event or performance, make a weekend trip out of it and enjoy some of the great outdoor activities that the area has to offer. Whether it’s boating, fishing or just walking around beautiful historic Bellefonte, it’s a great way to cure cabin fever and enjoy the great outdoors.

Bald Eagle State Park, 149 Main Park Rd, Howard, PA 16841 814-625-2775 http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/baldeagle.aspx

Canoe Creek, 205 Canoe Creek Rd, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 814-695-6807 http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/canoecreek.aspx

KOA Bellefonte, 2481 Jacksonville Rd, Bellefonte, PA 16823 (814) 355-7912 http://www.bellefontekoa.com/

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