The Best Things to Do in Western Pennsylvania
From the lush green forests of summertime to the brilliant leaves in fall, the woods of northwestern Pennsylvania are an incredible place to play in the outdoors. Stay at Jellystone Park™ at Kozy Rest and enjoy activities like fishing and boating on Lake Arthur, hiking in the Clear Creek State Forest, and wildlife viewing along the Allegheny River Tract (located just 20 miles away from camp). You’ll find twenty-one miles of trails and scenic river-valley views there, spread over 3200 glorious acres. The national natural landmark of McConnell’s Mill State Park (also about twenty miles away) offers fantastic hiking, rock climbing and kayaking.
Be sure to include a trip to the Jennings Environmental Education Center, a 300 acre environmental park. Plan an outing to pet the animals at the Living Treasures Animal Park or head to Wendell August Forge (ten miles from our campground), creators and merchants of the world’s most unique hand-forged gifts, for an afternoon of shopping. You can go Golfing in Butler County at one of the many courses, go sailing and windsurfing at Moraine State Park, or shop ’til you drop at the Prime Outlet Mall in Grove City.
If it’s a trip into the big city that interests you, head to Pittsburgh, home of Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the Consol Energy Center. At just fifty-eight miles from Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, this makes a nice day trip. About ninety miles to the North, you’ll find the town of Erie, another fabulous place to visit. And right nearby, Slippery Rock University is nine miles away and Grove City College is six miles away. Plan a scenic drive through the area and visit the highlights of Mercer County, Venango County, and Butler County, home to the August Regatta at Lake Arthur and September’s Butler Fall Festival.
Recommended Day Excursions
Pittsburgh is famous for sports and rivers, but did you also know that Pittsburgh is the birthplace of Pop Culture? From the first commercial radio and public television stations to the invention of the Big Mac, Ferris Wheel and the Terrible Towel, there's pop culture at every turn. The museum that celebrates Andy Warhol, the King of Pop Art, is here. Artist Burton Morris, who rocketed to fame in TV's Friends, still idolizes his hometown. It's the place where Mister Rogers built his famous neighborhood.
Set just eight miles away from Kozy Rest Kampground, Moraine State Park’s Lake Arthur is a 3,225 acre haven for outdoor enthusiasts. This is an ideal place for fishing, boating, running, or just lying on a beach. You can rent a canoe, paddleboat, motorboat, pontoon, or sailboat for an afternoon of boating; enjoy a picnic lunch near the shore; or put your own craft into the water by using one of the eleven easy-access public boat launches with docking facilities. Lake Arthur is the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania, boasting 42 miles of scenic shoreline. You’ll find off-shore & dry mooring at Moraine State Park, plus canoe and sailboat racks available at the marina.
Wolves, lemurs, zebras, bears and a host of other animals are all congregated at Living Treasures Animal Park in Moraine, located just 22 miles from Kozy Rest Kampground. Your entire family will enjoy seeing these incredible animals, including babies! Show the kids something they will never forget by taking them to visit the petting zoo, where they can have a hands-on experience with goats, pigs, miniature horses, and wooly lambs. Then tour through the rest of the park, viewing tigers, kangaroos, peacocks, camels, and baboons. You’ll see animals from every corner of the world at this amazing park.
Located in Lawrence County, encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steeps sides and the valley floor is littered with huge boulders and is a national natural landmark. A gristmill built in the 1800s is open for tours. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, year round. McConnells Mill State Park is featured in a 30-minute video created in partnership with the Pennsylvania Cable Network, which is available for purchase at their Web site.
Not only the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football teams; it is also a monument to the outstandifng Western Pennsylvania football tradition and to its loyal fans. Since 2001, when the gates were opened to this 65,050-seat state-of-the-art facility, Heinz Field has provided a thrilling, behind the scenes view of the Steelers and Panthers football teams to thousands of men, women, and children of all ages. In addition, the view of the city’s unique skyline and Point State Park from the South Plaza within the stadium serves to add to the tremendous excitement that is Heinz Field. Tours of Heinz Field provide guests with a behind-the-scenes look into the Coca-Cola Great Hall, Clubs, Luxury Suites, Press Box, Field, South Plaza, and much more! We encourage you to personally see Heinz Field – Pittsburgh’s latest and greatest landmark.
Opened in spring 2001, is an intimate, classic-style ballpark that embraces the the progressiveness of Pittsburgh while saluting the spirit of early ballpark originals such as Forbes Field, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. It is the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates since their inception in 1887. This riverfront facility combines the best features of yesterday's ballparks - rhythmic archways, steel trustwork and a natural grass playing field - with the latest in fan and player amenities and comfort. Its prime location along the shore of the Allegheny River takes advantage of scenic vistas of the downtown skyline and riverfront, creating an exciting and dramatic urban sports venue.
The CONSOL Energy Center is an arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The arena is the second home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city's National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, as well as the first home to the Arena Football League's Pittsburgh Power, which began play in 2011. Construction was completed on August 1, 2010, and opened in time for the 2010–11 NHL season. The arena replaced the Penguins' former arena, Mellon Arena (currently known as Civic Arena), which was completed in 1961. A ceremonial ground-breaking was held on August 14, 2008. The arena is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified arena in both the NHL and AFL. The arena is named for CONSOL Energy, which purchased the naming rights in December 2008.
Erie is a city located in northwestern Pennsylvania in the United States. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city (after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown), with a population of 104,000. Erie's Metropolitan Area consists of approximately 280,000 residents and an Urbanized Area population of approximately 195,000. The city is the seat of government for Erie County. Erie is near Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy, though healthcare, higher education, and tourism are emerging as greater economic drivers. Millions visit Erie for water recreation at Presque Isle State Park, as well as attractions like a casino and horse racetrack named for the state park. Erie is known as the Flagship City because of the presence of Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship Niagara. The city has also been called the Gem City because of the "sparkling" lake. Erie won the All-America City Award in 1972..
Clear Creek State Forest
Clear Creek State Park encompasses almost 1,700 acres in Jefferson County. The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA Route 949 to the Clarion River. The Clear Creek forest comprises around 9,000 acres total, and is named after the crystal clear stream that flows through the tract. While Clear Creek State Forest does not have any designated wild or natural areas, it does contain areas that are specially managed. Dennison Run, in the Kennerdell Tract, is an exceptional value watershed with a reproducing native brook trout population. The Pine Run area has unique rock formations and a section of the Callen Run tract is managed as an old growth/late succession oak forest.
Jennings offers a full range of educational programs. A unique attraction at the center is its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the pairie is in full bloom. Jennings Environmental Education Center is one of several state parks specifically dedicated to provide environmental education and interpretation to the community. A variety of programs are available for children, teachers, and the general public that increase knowledge and awareness of the beauty and importance of our natural resources. By taking some time to explore Jennings through its trail network or community programs, visitors can enjoy the outdoors while learning the skills needed to be good stewards of Pennsylvania’s outstanding natural resources.
Lovely Lawrence County, Pennsylvania is a splendid place to explore. Take a scenic fifteen mile drive from our Harrisville RV park and visit the heart of Amish Dutch country, a land filled with covered bridges, delightful small towns, and more than forty unique shops. Plan a tour through Volant, a grist mill town that was founded in 1893 and that now offers antique shops and Victorian collectibles. New Wilmington has picturesque scenery, historic sites, and Old World charm. Lawrence County is also home to the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, the New Castle Playhouse, and the Harlansburg Station Museum of Transportation.
Mercer County is home to world-renowned shopping destinations, top-ranked golf courses, award-winning accommodations, the scenic Amish countryside and more. You can also explore some of the unique Pennsylvania's attractions that include Keystone Safari, Pymatuning State Park, Grove City Outlets, and Wendell August Forge, to name a few. From one-of-kind shops, animal parks, wineries and festivals to enchanting landscapes and special events, there’s something for everyone in Mercer County.
Venango County parks offer picnic areas, historic relics, fishing opportunities and hiking trails. For those who prefer to bicycle or roller blade, there are over 20 miles of paved trails. The Oil Heritage Region's attractions include an antique music museum, a transportation museum, a family fun park, bike and canoe rentals, and a ride on a train through Oil Creek Valley. Lodging choices include full service hotels, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds. There are specialty shops and antique shops full of unique gifts, along with quality shopping available in retail establishments.
Create your experience in our award-winning towns. Butler, the birthplace of the Jeep, was voted 7th Best Small Town in America by Smithsonian Magazine. Cranberry Township was voted Best Place to Raise Kids in Pennsylvania by Bloomberg Businessweek. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg … Butler County is conveniently located north of Pittsburgh with easy access from I-79, I-80, the PA Turnpike and Routes 422, 19 and 8. There’s plenty to do, from exploring museums and art galleries to enjoying the breathtaking scenery of our parks and rolling countryside. Relax at the spa, hit the greens or do a wine tasting. You’re cordially invited to spend some time getting familiar with our fun and friendly county.