8 RV Parks near Howard, Pennsylvania
May 2017 - $41.00
Campground: This review is for the "modern" camping area, not the rustic one on other side of lake. Stayed here in the pet loop (Sycamore Loop) in a 33-foot long fifth wheel. Nice easy access on paved roads. Sites are paved, and most are fairly level. All RV sites are back-in and generally have decent room to maneuver. Good spacing between sites, with scattering of small young trees, reflective of somewhat new nature of the "modern" campground. No real shade as result, so this place may bake in hot summer. Scored one of the few 50A, full hook-up sites, which was fine for my size unit, but don't think any of the full hook-up sites will take anything much longer than 35 feet. Had impression that very few back-in sites would take much bigger rigs either. Bathroom facility very nice and clean, saw it was cleaned daily. Has good hot showers and water pressure, and bathroom itself was heated. Only very minor downside is that you can hear traffic out on Rt 150 faintly. Saw that sites with no hook-ups on lake side of Sycamore loop are subject to flooding when Army Corps needs to hold back water in lake due to heavy area rains, which was case when we were there. Hopefully they coordinated that with the on-line reservation system. Firewood was available from camp hosts, but did not see much around elsewhere anywhere near park, but could be because we were there before main season. Decent amount of guest parking available, with short walk. Park maintenance staff was great- the 50A breaker on our stand was dead, and after getting word to park via hosts, they came and replaced it next day. Sites have picnic table and fire ring. No camp store or laundry. We would definitely stay here again! Park: Have several very nice trails, highlights for us were Butterfly Loop, and the Lakeside loop on other side of lake starting in the rustic campground. Good place for birding and biking, in addition to fishing. - We Roamed and Rambled
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Nice state park located on a lake with a beach and marina. Lots of hiking trails. You can ride bicycles around the park roads for several miles without leaving the park. We kayaked in the lake (very little boat traffic during the week). Site was level but it took some tight turns to back into the site with our 43 ft motorhome. FHU's worked well. We had a decent AT&T signal in the park. Sites are well spaced so there is plenty of rooms between sites. - Co-Mike
Aug 2015 - $25.00
Super friendly and helpful staff at check in and camp hosts were always present and keeping the park clean, waving as they passed by. Beautiful and private site. Great trails and dog friendly. People really seem to clean up after their pets too. Can't wait to go back! - TwoDogsCamping
Nov 2016 - $50.00
Well maintain campground, sites mostly level, water pressure low. - Terk
Sep 2016 - $45.00
Only stayed for 1 night on the way north but have stayed here on other occasions for longer periods. It appears that the owners are upgrading some sites with pads and patios. We would stay here again. - Jfrwarmd
Aug 2016 - $55.00
This was a nice KOA. Some of them can be really bad. Our site was level enough. Hook ups were well placed. There was cable & WiFi. We booked online but called directly to the campground to ask for a satellite friendly site. We asked again when we got there. We were not able to get satellite from our site. It looked like there were sites that were satellite friendly but we weren't given one. The water pressure was very low. We had to fill our tank & run off of that. We would stay here again now that we know which sites to ask for to fit our needs. - Connie's Co-Owner
Nov 2016 - $40.00
I stayed here during the entire Football Season. The staff running the facility are very interested in maintaining the highest standards, and it is the nicest Campground with the largest sites in the area, and the closest to Penn State. You need to make your reservation well in advance to get a site with water/sewer/and power which also allows for a Sat. signal. - JasonG
Jul 2016 - $49.00
I gave a 9 rating and would have made it a 10 but for one thing: the WIFI. It was useless most of the 2 days we were at the park. We have a Verizon hotspot but those gigabytes go fast. With better WIFI, this would be a nice place to spend a few days. RV parks don't seem to understand how important WIFI is. We don't use any of rv park facilities like swimming pool or restrooms/showers and would gladly trade them for good WIFI.
Other than that, its a very nice park with spacious sites and nice landscaping. It was very hot or I'd have taken a long walk with the dog. Very nice management. Location is very good, only about a mile from Rte 80 and easy roads to get to the camp. Everything but the WIFI worked well. - UllaPool
Aug 2015 - $57.00
This could be one of the best campgrounds around PA. It's big, has nice treed areas to camp, fire rings, lots of places to walk, pet friendly ,
They are a little too laid back for our liking, when we arrived, the office was closed( early afternoon) a sign on the door said. Call this number, we did.. 4 times, goes to voice mail.. After driving around and walking around looking for someone to check us in, we decided to just pick a site and get settled. We did have a reservation for a one week stay. 2 hours later a lady shows up at our door and we eventually got checked in.
If you have trouble walking, do not stay here, the rv sites are on hilled terraces; very pretty, but hard to walk up and down the hills to the office.
The camp ground offers free mini golf and a water splash area, neither in good shape.
They keep horses ( no riding), rabbits, and a play ground. But, it all needs some tender love and lots of care; the owners are really trying to get it all together, and with time and a lot of work they might do it.
They have been trying to get a "store" up and running for the past three years, but there is still no store.
Overall, we would stay at Gram and Paps Fort Bellemonte again. The people are very nice. - Audrey Dunton
Sep 2016 - $30.00
Huge grassy area, we picked our spot, basically all alone, we had electric and water, but we only stayed two nights so that was fine. There is a dump station, but a fee of $20 to use it. Very close to State College and a few other attractions. Staff was very relaxed, brought a garbage pail close to us when I asked where I should throw out the dog waste bags. Also asked us if we wanted the lights on or out where we were, made sure we were okay before they left for the night. This is not a resort, there are no amenities, no frills, no picnic tables or fire rings, just a place to park with water and electric. We loved it and would go back again. - dorcol
Sep 2012 - $25.00
I had a rally here. Some of our coaches were 45 feet. We all parked on the grass and had 50 amp hookups with water. There is a dump on the fairgrounds. Area wonderful for site seeing and Nittany Inn super for dinner. Management and maintenance very helpful and cooperative. We stayed 3 nights. - Peter K
Sep 2010 - $25.00
We were here with a group, but they do take individual RVers also. There are limited full-hookup sites, but there is a dump station. Typical fairground amenities w/grass sites, etc. Excellent voltage on 30 amp outlets. VERY HIGH water pressure (110psi on my gauge) and many of our folks experience water hose blow-outs. They do have bath houses but not close to the area where they would normally park over-nighters. Easy access and small town environment. We would return if in the area. - AFChap
Oct 2015 - $35.00
The campground has some nice features. The bathrooms were a little old but very clean with pleasant touches and toasty warm with the cold temps outside. I would have rated the campground much higher, but for location. Our site was about 40 feet from a highway and we were in a hybrid trailer. The truck traffic on the highway was nonstop all night and unbearable. At times the camper actually vibrated from the noise. I suspect the noise would be dampened if you were in a hard walled RV, but I would still suggest asking to stay as far from the road as possible. We left after one night. As for other aspects, the sight was wide, almost level so not much correction needed. As for the look of the campground, it looks nice, lots of tree, pine needles etc. - TBrams
Apr 2013 - $38.00
We used this CG as an overnight, and it was all we needed! It was simple, nothing fancy, but a level site, quiet and a decent shower house. Would not come here to vacation, but as a one night stop you couldn't ask for more. Even had a host take us right to our site! - Spmalloy
Sep 2010 - $40.00
My rating would be a point or two higher if our group had been clearly told what to expect when we made our reservations. We were told there are 50a sites with full hookups. There are, but VERY few w/sewer and even fewer w/50a. "Sewer service" (ie. honey wagon provided as needed) is OK, but it is NOT the same as having a sewer connection. Most sites cannot receive satellite TV due to heavy tree cover, local OTA TV is extremely limited and the campground is wired for CATV but CATV is not available. Water pressure was extremely low. We have a 40' motorhome and were parked on an unlevel tent site requiring significant blocking up on one corner. Our 30a electrical outlet had barely usable voltage around 108-109v most of the time, low enough to cause possible damage to electronics, AC, etc. I understand the campground is under new ownership and the couple on site was very friendly and helpful face to face. But this campground was far below what we were led to expect would be available to us. In addition to the problems with RV sites, we had to hold our meetings off-site in Centre Hall because the available "meeting space" was a small open air pavilion, not at all usable for other than small social activities. All said and done, we paid a premium price for marginal facilities. I doubt any of our group will be back. - AFChap
May 2013 - $41.00
I would highly recommend this campground. The owners are very nice, and they have events on weekends to keep you busy. It's a great family place. If you want to spend time in the country but not far from highway and leave your cares behind, this is definitely the place to be. - camper117
Jul 2012 - $41.00
There is no cable TV nor can you get any channels with antenna, and I have a Jack antenna. If you like being in the woods this may work for you. I've paid a lot less for nicer campgrounds with more services available. I would plan to stay elsewhere if coming through this area again. On the plus side, the guy at the desk who I assumed was the owner, was friendly and helpful. - Rrloren
Aug 2011 - $39.00
Man at the desk put me on a site with 6 inch pitch from back to front. Claimed it was the last site available. There were 5 other sites that were more level and empty. 39 dollars for water and electric. Packed in like sardines, highway traffic (next to interstate 80) very noisy. Extra charges for electric. Sites not very level overall, there are a couple that they have poured concrete pads on and that maybe for seasonals. Wi-Fi router kept resetting every 10 minutes. I will not be back. - BiGKaT
Aug 2016 - $43.00
Full hookups available. Sites were large with ample space between campers. Could only get a cell phone signal standing in the road and it was still weak. Picked up NO TV stations with RV antenna.
Lake had limited shore fishing due to lily pads. Trout streams were very shallow when we went. Site 46 is across from T in the road, so at night headlights shined into campsite often. - direwolf2001
Jul 2012 - $21.00
This was our first trip to this park and it was well worth it. The campground is nice with almost all sites having at least partial shade. Some sites are a little too close together for our liking, but not many. The campground and beach have modern, clean restrooms and showers and each shower house also has coin-op laundry. There are a good number of pet sites and, from what we saw, there are no restrictions on where pets may be walked in the campground. The beach and campground store, which also serves some food, are within walking distance of the campground. The sandy beach is well maintained, having been combed each morning during our stay. There are no lifeguards on duty at any time. The park has quite a few trails, but the only one we walked was the bog trail. That is part trail, part boardwalk along the lake shore and through the sphagnum moss bogs which surround the lake and give its water a "weak tea" look. As another reviewed said, the road coming into the park is narrow and steep with one especially sharp turn. But, the park is in the mountains of north-central Pennsylvania! The road coming from Philipsburg and RT 322 is much better than Beaver Road from US 220. We will definitely be back to this state park! - JEH412
Oct 2010 - $22.00
This is a nice enough park, but is a bear to get to and is not recommended for a simple overnight stay. The road into and out of the park is pretty steep and hard for a larger RV. Maneuvering in the campground is also rather tight. When we were there (off season) the lake was down quite a bit, making it not as attractive. When we went by the park office the attendant made us wait while she finished some paperwork before she would talk with us. Not the best customer service, but not a really big deal. The rate reflects off-season and senior discount. Do note that the pet sites cost more even if you do not have a pet. We would probably not stay there again. - TheJim
Jul 2016 - $24.00
This is a very nice state park, IF you have a smaller-sized rig. We stayed here for a couple of nights in a 40' fifth wheel. It was difficult getting our rig backed-in to the site. The roads are narrow (beautiful roads through the forest) and, of course hilly. There is a separate camping area for those with pets. We love this state park. Unfortunately, our rig is too long for us to utilize it again. Beware: cell-phone service is non-existent. This is a dead zone. Antenna tv service is not available. We were here for three nights while visiting relatives. It was nice to be off the grid for a bit. - oldbluejay
Jul 2015 - $24.00
We loved this place! Perfect for the outdoors adventurer. There isn't much around, but the sites are beautiful. This place has a feeling as if you are out west in a national park. We will be back.
Wooded and remote sites with lantern hangers and fire pits.
Special thanks to the friendly camp host who helped us park late in the evening. - 72streams
Sep 2012 - $29.00
This is a very nice state park campground set in a hemlock and white pine forest. Every site is at least partially shaded and most are fully shaded. Most sites are spacious and have reasonably level gravel pads. Tent sites have a tent pad with finer gravel base. The campground has one central shower house, which is relatively new and clean. The park has a small lake with a beach and swimming area and numerous picnic tables. There are hiking trails in the park and connections to other mid-state trail systems. There are many miles of packed gravel forest roads (no winter maintenance) to explore on bike or by vehicle. There are also quite a few other state parks within a 25-30 mile radius to explore. Owners of big rigs would do well to avoid sites 17 to 33, as there is a very tight left-hand turn to navigate when leaving that section of the campground. It can be done, but the bank on the left side shows numerous scars indicating that the bank won! Our only gripe was the vendor-supplied firewood ($7.00/stack) that was obviously cut from long-downed trees and was very punky. There are area residents with roadside signs for camp firewood, though. RB Winter is in a beautiful section of north-central Pennsylvania's mountains and there are some great overlooks from its 2000 ft. elevation. We will definitely camp here again so we can further explore the region. - JEH412