If you think the end of summer means the end of your camping adventures for the year, think again. September 22, officially kicks off the Fall season and probably the absolute best season to enjoy the great outdoors and camping in Somerset County. Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy your favorite home away from home at Hickory Hollow Campground. Campgrounds tend to be less crowded in the Fall when the kids go back to school and the pools close; and camping during off-peak season may save you a few bucks or you may be able to reserve that premium site that wasn’t available all summer. So, don’t get the RV cover or the anti-freeze out yet because some of the best camping for the year is still waiting to be had!
One of the best reasons to go camping in the Fall at Hickory Hollow Campground, located in picturesque Somerset County, of course, is the beautiful natural scenery that can be enjoyed from the lakes to the mountaintops. The colors come out in full splendor and the cooler temperatures and shorter days make it the perfect season to enjoy lots of cozy time around the campfire. Most campers will agree, there is almost nothing more enjoyable than relaxing outside of the campsite after dark surrounded by family and friends enjoying a warm fire, great conversation and stargazing. Summer camping always includes some pesky unwanted guests like mosquitoes, but camping closer to that first frost significantly reduces the bug population, so you can concentrate on the stars instead of itching.
If you are looking to experience Fall at its best and leaf peeping is your thing, you certainly won’t be disappointed when you reserve your campsite at Hickory Hollow Campground now through the end of October. Fall is just….well, beautiful in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Home to some of the prettiest mountaintop views and lakes that offer beautiful reflections of the colors, Mother Nature has some real beauty in store for our campers in the next few weeks.
If you love the beauty of Fall, but are looking for a little more adventure than just leaf peeping, Somerset County won’t disappoint I assure you. There is a wide array of activities to take advantage of, including festivals and Halloween celebrations, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, craft fairs and haunted houses, and so much more for the family to enjoy.
Fall is all about pumpkins and apples, and color oh my…..so why not check out a few of the fun events taking place just a few miles from Hickory Hollow Campground in the next few week:
- September 25th – AppleFest, 11 am at the Kingwood Church of God Fellowship Center located just a few miles South of the campground on RT 281. The ladies are prepared to serve some delicious apple fritters, apple dumplings and pies along with homemade ham and bean soup, haluski, and burgers. Hop on the horse and wagon ride or kids can enjoy a ride on the barrel train. There will also be a bouncy house, petting zoo, face painting and live auction starting at 3 pm.
- October 1-3 — Confluence Pumpkinfest, located about 20 miles S. on Rt 281. The celebration includes craft and food vendors, pumpkin pie contest, the Great Pumpkin 5K walk/run, square dancing tractors, car show, pumpkin balloon bounce, a parade on Sunday afternoon, tough-man fire truck pull, live music, antique tractor show and so much more.
- October 2-3/9-10 Bedford Fall Foliage Days. Centered in historic downtown Bedford, the popular festival brings together 400 of the best local artists, crafters, concessions, and music vendors in the crisp mountain setting.
- October 9-10/16-17 Seven Springs Fall Craft Days. The family fun at Fall Craft Days goes from 11-6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and offers scenic chair rides, outdoor adventures including the Alpine Slide, 100+ crafters and artisans, and live performances.
- October 8-10 Fort Ligonier Days – Named one of the top 100 events in American, Fort Ligonier Days commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier during the French and Indian War of 1758. The weekend will be host to a parade, craft show, concessions, fort tours and live demonstrations.
- Meadow Creek Farm Market, located on Laurel Run Road, is open daily from 11-6 pm. Savor the flavors of the season like pumpkins, gourds, fall décor, and veggies fresh from the farm.
- Cairns Pumpkin Patch/ Chads Corn Maze, Rt 711 S. Ligonier PA. Walk around the 3.5 acre cornfield and try to find your way through the 1.5 miles of walking paths before you go and pick out that special pumpkin from the patch.
- Friday and Saturday evenings September 24-October 31st – Haunted Hollow. Celebrating their 25th year, Haunted Hollow is located just across the street from the campground and is home to the Bruner Boarding House, the Milford Asylum and Willie just waiting to scare the crap….I mean, take you through the haunted hollow and this year’s best dream or nightmares! Get you tickets at https://hauntedhollow.net/tickets/
I hope you are excited as I am, to smell autumn dancing in the breeze and the sweet chill of pumpkins and sunburnt leaves. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for this grand finale we call, Fall !