by Donna Allen
Very many of us have LOVED the Outdoor Extravaganza and owe Joyce Appel a huge thank-you for all her years of hard work!
Rather than having a complete void on Memorial Day weekend, we’re offering a group campout at Black Moshannon State Park, located in Centre County west of Bellefonte and State College and less than 10 miles from Interstate 80 (exit 133: Philipsburg/Kylertown/Pennsylvania Route 53). The park has 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands and is surrounded by more than 43,000 acres of Moshannon State Forest. Many miles of hiking trails—short, long, and of varying difficulty—are found in the park, and many fishing options are available to those with a Pennsylvania fishing license. The 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake features a swimming beach. Boating on the lake is offered with non-gas-powered motors and non-powered boats having a Pennsylvania boat registration displayed. Boat rentals are available seasonally. The park is also near the West Branch Susquehanna River, which offers kayak/canoe exploring, and near bike trails offering different opportunities.
We’ve reserved all 3 group sites, which are next to each other. There is a large pavilion with a fireplace, bathrooms with flush toilets, sinks, and electric. (Showers are available nearby in the park.) Each group site has a fire ring. RV campers may reserve sites nearby in the park. Some have hookups. The number to reserve is 888-727-2757. (Group sites that we’ve reserved are for tents only.) Everyone is responsible for their own meals, but we will plan a potluck dinner for Saturday night at the pavilion.
You can do many things on your own in the park and nearby, but we’re seeking volunteer leaders so that we can offer an organized hike, bike, and water trip each day. Please call Donna Allen at 412-372-2993 if you’re willing to lead a trip. In any case, there are plenty of recreational options in the park and nearby to keep everyone entertained on their own.
The camping fee for all 3 nights is only $10 per person. To reserve your spot at the group camping area, call Donna at 412-372-2993. Space is limited at the group sites, and reservations will not be confirmed until payment is received. Checks can be sent to Donna at
107 Echo Springs Circle
Trafford, PA 15085
The deadline is May 15, which will be here before we can blink!
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