Hickory Hollow Campground is located in southwestern Pennsylvania in the heart of the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Somerset County.
Hickory Hollow Campground is an RV camping and cabin resort located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Somerset County Pa. Our facility offers full hookup, back-in, and pull-through sites. For the more traditional camper, tent sites are also available.
Not gonna lie, sometimes it’s way more fun hanging out with the adults than it is the kids. Our campers at Hickory Hollow know how to have a good time, whether it’s putting boobs on the front of your golf cart (pictures to follow), runaway golf carts while no one is looking, or just sitting back and watching the parade of decorated carts make their way through our campground. We not only had a blast with the parade, but we also had some fun celebrating a birthday of one of our campers (even though their was so much talk about her being 119 years old!) While the riddles were confusing at times, and sometimes our card dealers didn’t know what the heck they were doing (Lori is never going to live this one down…lol), there is nothing better than getting out and spending some quality time with the people around you. We have such a great community of people here and are always welcoming more into the fold (wow a poker pun that was completely unintentional…)
I hope you enjoy and get at least a slight chuckle out of some of the photos from our weekend at Hickory Hollow Campground. I also hope this might entice you to come out and stay with us in the future. If you want to see the video of the Tropical Golf Cart Parade, just go to our YouTube page by clicking the link HERE! Make sure you like & subscribe to our channel to see more!
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Are you trying to figure out what to do while you’re camping? Here are 10 ideas that are simple and perfect (especially if you’re staying at Hickory Hollow!)
Enjoy Nature The whole point of camping is being outdoors, right? So take some time and enjoy the scenery around you. Watch the clouds take shape. Look for insects and wildlife that live in the area you’re in. Check out the beautiful plants and flowers that decorate nature with their beauty!
Go on a Walk or Hike Not getting enough nature from your campsite, then get out and walk around. I highlighted some of the favorite places for campers to hike around our campground in my last blog post. Read it here. We are located in a beautiful area where there’s always places to go to enjoy nature’s beauty.
Enjoy Nighttime Peacefully One of the absolute highlights of camping, in my opinion anyway, is enjoying the peaceful and serene evenings. Looking up at the stars is so relaxing and fun to do for everyone. Try to find each of the different constellations that surround our world and forget everything else that is happening for a little while. This isn’t something you can do in a busy city, so appreciate it where and when you can.
Play Games It doesn’t take up much space to pack some cards or board games that you and your family can enjoy. This is a great way to spend some quality time together without even leaving your campsite.
Outdoor Games Some campgrounds have places to enjoy some outdoor games as well, like basketball and volleyball (we do at Hickory Hollow!) You can always check out what your campground has on their website before you go or you can pack your own outdoor games too. There are lots of inexpensive games like frisbee, catch, or football. Our campground also holds Cornhole tournaments, but I know lots of campers who bring their own boards too!
Swimming Hickory Hollow has a small poll that is for campers use, but even if you’re staying somewhere there isn’t a pool, I’m sure there are other options. Look into local beaches at State Parks (Laurel Hill is beautiful) or even Rec Centers that offer pool hours. I know this is a favorite of the kids in my life, as well as the kids that camp with us!
Ride A Bike If you enjoy riding your bike, then bring it along camping. Our campground is perfect for a leisurely ride, but we are also located near the bike trails in Rockwood.
Fishing Again, Hickory Hollow has a beautiful lake that our campers can fish at while they are here. There are also lots of local fishing areas that are available to fish at and aren’t far away. This is always a fun and relaxing activity for anyone.
Read a Book This one might not be as fun for all kids, but it’s definitely one of my favorite pass times whether I’m camping or not. There’s nothing like sitting down with a good book and escaping reality for a short period of time. Pick out your favorite book and just relax. If you want any recommendations for books, I’m a book nerd! I’ve posted some of my favorite titles on my personal Facebook page, Instagram, or my own blog. You can click the links to check those out too!
Make a Campfire This one is a must for any camper. You need a campfire, so why not get some enjoyment out of it other than just the warmth it puts off? Make some s’mores (try out the different kinds that I have here), make some campfire sundaes or other yummy dishes over the fire! Then just hang out and talk, tell stories, reminisce over the past, talk about the future, just enjoy being together during this time. It’s the best thing anyone can do.
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There is nothing better than getting outside and breathing some fresh air. Checking out beautiful scenery is always a bonus too! Taking a nice walk outside in nature is good for the soul and there are quite a few local trails near Hickory Hollow campground that make for a great afternoon walk.
I went ahead and asked some of our campers, as well as took from my own experiences, what some of their favorite trails to hike/walk or bike on near our campground. They were very helpful and I want to share those trails for you to check out too!
Great Allegheny Passage Trail This is a 150 mile trail that has mountain views, wildlife, and traces the paths of three rivers, the Casselman River, the Youghiogheny, and the Monongahela. This trail is non-motorized, but is great for hiking and biking. In the winter time, you can even enjoy cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. You can easily plan a trip and have an access point to the trail right in Rockwood! Find out more information or sign up for the next GAP Trail Relay on their website (click name above.)
Laurel Hill State Park Trails Laurel Hill has multiple hiking trails that have beautiful scenery and are perfect for anyone of any age. They are moderate trails and if you take a look at my photos, you’ll see there are some beautiful sites to see while walking them. If you check out the All Trails site you can check out some of the best hiking trails in the state park.
Pumphouse trail is a personal favorite of mine, and quite a few others. This is a loop trail that is about 5.9 miles that has a beautiful waterfall and other enjoyable scenery.
There are quite a few other trails in Laurel Hill State Park that you can check out too with beautiful views!
Kooser State Park Trails Like Laurel Hill, Kooser State Park is nearby and has quite a few trails that people enjoy hiking and biking on. According to All Trails again, there are a few top trails that they suggest. Like other state parks, it is open from dawn to dusk and offers some true nature adventures for anyone who wants to endure it.
Hickory Hollow Campground I know what you’re thinking, obviously the campground is in nature, but why are you including this small area as a trail? Well let me tell you, this wasn’t one I planned on adding initially, but when a camper told me that the walk around Lake Anna was their favorite trail to walk I thought to myself “I couldn’t agree more!” Eventually, we would like to build on our walking/hiking paths, but this one is good for any of our campers and I highly recommend walking it! You get to see the campground from a new, beautiful point of view that you normally don’t get to see. It’s not too short (or too long) and is a fun thing to do on those cool summer evenings.
If you have any local trails that you enjoy and would like to share, leave a comment below. Feel free to share your photos as well on our social pages. We love to see what our campers are doing!
Ever crave a sweet, cold treat on those hot summer days? I have a super easy recipe that only has 4 ingredients and it will satisfy you on those real hot days! Frozen Hot Chocolate! I know that may sound like an oxymoron, but they are soooooo delicious! Keep reading to find out how to make it.
What you will need: (This recipe makes 1 serving – I tripled the recipe to make more than one at a time for our campers!)
Hot Chocolate Mix (1/4 cup)
Milk – I used Skim (1/2 cup)
Ice – I just eyeball the amount I think I will need. The more ice, the thicker the drink will be.
Whipped Cream – A delicious garnish!
Add your hot chocolate mix, milk, and ice to a blender and blend until smooth. Then pour it into a cup, top it with some whipped cream (totally optional), add a fun straw to dress it up and enjoy! This is a super quick and easy treat for those hot days!
I’m always looking for new recipes that are quick and easy, if you have any recommendations feel free to comment them below or send them to Tika on our socials for Hickory Hollow Campground. If you try the Frozen Hot Chocolate, share with us what you think of it!
Are you tired of the same old boring Campfire snacks? Do you love s’more, but not the pain of having to roast the marshmallow and hope that it won’t catch on fire? I personally cannot stand a burnt marshmallow – YUCK!
If you answered yes to either of those questions, then I have a super easy and extremely delicious snack for you to try out the next time you have a campfire!
I’ve seen variations of this floating around Pinterest and Facebook, but was always hesitant to try it. I’m not really sure why though, because it’s super easy and the messiest part is eating it.
All you need is ice cream cones, we chose sugar cones which are my personal favorite, but you could use probably any type of cone you’d like. You could even go bigger with a waffle cone and include more ingredients! Then your ingredients to put in the cones. We used pie filling fruit like strawberries (cherries would be super good too), mini marshmallows are a must, as well as chocolate. We used Dark Chocolate chips, but you could always break apart your favorite chocolate bars or use any of the variations of chips that they make now! We also used a Sugar-Free Chocolate syrup to drizzle over the top when it was finished cooking, but I forgot to put that in my pictures.
As you can see in my photos these were a huge hit with the girls! After you fill your cones with the ingredients of your choice, wrap them in foil. If you have a grate or a basket to put over the fire it will make it a lot easier, if not just find a warm spot in the coals to set it down. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN WORKING AROUND THE FIRE AND REMOVING ITEMS FROM THE FIRE! It doesn’t take more than a few minutes on the fire for the marshmallows and chocolate to melt.
Once you remove them from the fire, unwrap them and add whatever topping you’d like. We realized after the fact that a little bit of powdered sugar would have tasted great too. We were also able to make about 6 at a time, so this was much more convenient then waiting to only roast 1 or 2 marshmallows at a time.
If you try out this recipe or any type of variation, please tag Hickory Hollow Campground on Facebook or Instagram!
If you have any other fun campfire snacks that you want us to try, leave a comment! I’d love to try them out!
Due to the current situation, there have been a lot of cancellations for events and firework shows all over America. Somerset County and surrounding areas have been no different (thanks coronavirus…) But you shouldn’t fret, there have been communities, businesses, and organizations that have come together to keep these yearly traditions of firework celebrations happening! I mean really, what is the 4th of July without fireworks? There are quite a few options this weekend for you to go see some fireworks and enjoy some other great entertainment. You may have to travel a little, but not too far (plus I think it’s worth it for a great show!)
Independence Day at the Castle Vinoski Winery in Belle Vernon, PA has a celebration planned for Friday, July 3rd. This event will include music, food, fireworks, and of course, FUN! Jukebox Band will be providing entertainment while local restaurants provide the food. They do ask for a $20 parking donation and the owners will be matching the donations for local charities. Check out their Facebook Event (linked above) for more information.
Fourth of July Weekend at Greenhouse Winery Greenhouse Winery in Irwin, PA is having events the entire weekend. Friday, July 3rd will kick off the events with music by Ruffhouse from 6:30 – 9:30 pm and great food on site for this 21+ event with fireworks to follow! Then on Saturday the 4th, there will be more music by Tim & Stacey from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. On Sunday there is a Bloody Mary Bar and music by Jim O’Brien. Check out the link above for more information on these fun weekend events!
Here Comes the Boom! Drive-In Fireworks Show A FREE fireworks show to attend at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds. The owner of Wisneski’s Waste Management decided that the show MUST go on and he will be putting off the fireworks himself. This is socially distanced show where they ask families to stay in, on, or around their vehicles. The gates open at 7 pm, with the show beginning at 10 pm! The fairgrounds are only 23 miles from Hickory Hollow, so this would be a perfect opportunity to get out and see some great fireworks. Facebook event linked above for more information.
Jennerstown Speedway Racing and Fireworks Click the link above for more information. This racing night at Jennerstown Speedway will include a 200 Lap Super Late Model race and a 100 Lap Pro Late Model race, followed by a giant fireworks display afterwards! Tickets are available at carsracingtour.com. The general admission is $20 for advance tickets or $25 at the gate.
America’s County Freedom Fireworks Show Even though Somerset’s normal fireworks show was cancelled, our community pulled together and is putting the show on at Somerset Country Club on Sunday, July 5th. Fireworks by Little Big Shots and other local businesses and organizations. The Red, White, and Boom 4th of July Celebration will take place at 9:30 pm, so make sure you find a nice place to watch the show go on!
If you want to get out and see some fireworks, I hope this list gave you some different ideas on where you can go. Each of these places are in relatively close distance to Hickory Hollow Campground, so you can enjoy our weekend activities during the days and check out the other fireworks in the evening.
Are you a first-time camper? I only started camping within the last couple years, but I am by no means an expert camper (and I don’t have the luxury of an RV yet, but hopefully in the future). I looked up some good tips for beginners if you’re a tent camper and new to the camping scene. These ideas could come in handy for anyone though. By the way, Hickory Hollow Campground is a great place for beginner campers (or any campers really!)
The tips I am going to share are things that I have taken into consideration while camping and I hope that they can be helpful to other campers as well. This will hopefully make your planning and camping trip less stressful and much more relaxing.
Whenever we camp, we only plan for a weekend. So these tips are directed more towards short stays, but can be adapted if you plan to stay somewhere for more than just a weekend.
Tip #1 Plan Ahead I am OCD when it comes to planning for trips, even if it is just for a short weekend trip. I don’t like waiting until the last minute, because I know that I will forget something (usually it’s important too.) It’s stressful to wait until the last minute to plan and pack (unless it’s a spur of the moment trip.) So to make it easier on you and everyone else, plan what you will need to take before you leave. I personally love to make lists. This way I can physically see what I need to pack and I can mark it off as I go.
If there is anything that you are able to pack ahead of time, that you aren’t going to need before you leave for the trip, then PACK IT! If you do this the weekend (or a few days) before your trip, that is less you will have to worry about when you are getting ready to head out! Some items you may be able to pack ahead of time are: bedding, tents, bags, cooking gear, and any non-perishable food items you plan to take. Organize it and have it ready to go, so you aren’t scrambling as the last minute. If you are planning to pack any perishable food – try to buy it before the day of the trip so you can avoid stopping while traveling and you can pack them into coolers on the day of. For the items you can’t pack ahead of time, make a list that you will see or even set a reminder on your phone so you aren’t forgetting anything!
Tip #2 Pack Light I am so terrible at this, but that’s why it is a good tip! Try to avoid packing things with the “just in case” mindset. Take time to think about what you will be doing while you are away. There’s no need to pack extra activities or equipment whenever you won’t have time to use them, so think about what you have time to do during your short getaway and if you have the space for what you plan to do.
Tip #3 Keep Your Menu Simple If you are planning a trip with a few groups of people, the best option is to share the meal planning. Split the responsibilities up so each group is in charge of a meal (or however you see fit to divide up the work.) That way each family is in charge of packing, prepping, and making a meal and all the work isn’t put on one person. This means less packing and more sharing of the preparation load when it comes to meals and the best thing of all – less work for EVERYONE! This is how we do our camping, each “family” going is in charge of certain parts of our meals and it makes it much easier on everyone and if there is anything specific we want aside from the meals we handle it ourselves.
If you’re camping by yourself (or in a single group), choose meals that you are comfortable making. You’re camping to relax, not give yourself more work to do. Avoid any meals that cause you to slave over the campfire for hours, making it less likely for you to enjoy yourself.
Tip #4 Check the Weather This is a tip for any time that you are planning to go camping. Weather can be a pain when you’re camping since you are spending the majority of the time outside! I know that it’s not always 100% accurate and if it is bad weather, it could cause your entire trip to change. So always check the weather ahead of time (mid-week before you trip is usually good.) I also check again the day before in case I need to pack anything to prepare for some types of weather that are manageable while camping.
Tip #5 Stay Close to Home This tip isn’t for everyone, but I think it’s perfect for beginner campers. This is something that I personally do (who am I kidding, I have ONLY camped at Hickory Hollow, so I may be a little biased…lol.) If you’re local to Rockwood, PA then this is the perfect option for you to get away for a weekend too! By staying closer to home, there is much less stress about traveling. You don’t have to worry as much about arrival and departure time, and it makes planning a breeze! You can get outdoors quicker and relax sooner (even if it’s just a short 1-2 day stay).
If you’re not local to Hickory Hollow Campground, then look into campground in your area and if you’re able to book ahead then do that! It makes it easier to secure your spot to ensure that you have a place to stay. If you don’t know exactly where it is located, then take some time before your trip to look up the directions and familiarize yourself, so there is less stress while traveling.
These are just a few tips to hopefully make our beginner campers feel a little less stressed about camping and Hickory Hollow is the perfect place for beginners! We have lots of things to do, plus it peaceful and relaxing here 24/7. If you want to know more about our campground, follow us on our social media accounts and Youtube Channel!
I don’t know what everyone else thinks, but to me it seems like it has been raining more than anything else this camping season and it makes me sad. BUT, that doesn’t mean that you can’t camp – it just might take a few extra preparation steps. I’m going to share some of the things you could do to prepare yourself more and also what Hickory Hollow provides to plan your trips accordingly (even if rain is in the forecast.) This blog is tailored more towards our tent campers or anyone who isn’t necessarily a RV camper, but anyone is welcome to check them out!
Location Make sure you are choosing a good location to camp. Hickory Hollow offers cabins (Rustic and Full-Service) that make a great option for dry camping, plus they are beautiful and have a breathtaking view of our lake right out the door! There are also Conestoga Wagons that we started last year and these are a huge hit with campers. They keep you up off the ground and are covered (we even added a window for airflow!) These are a great choice for anyone who wants a different experience camping!
Now that I told you what Hickory Hollow provides, there are also other tips you should consider when choosing a location to camp (even if it isn’t with us.)
Find an area on higher ground with trees overhead (these will come in handy when it comes to hanging tarps – which I will get to in a little bit.) Avoid lower areas that can collect run-off or become flooded with heavy rain. We actually moved our tent sites at Hickory Hollow from a low to a high point at the campground which is much better when trying to avoid the rain!
Rain Free Space Create a rain-free area using tarps, paracord and the trees above you. This will make a great shelter for gathering, cooking, or simply relaxing. Even if it isn’t raining, this creates a nice shaded area for you to set up (plus it’s not a bad idea to keep your cooking area sheltered too.)
If it is raining while you are trying to set up camp, hang a tarp above where you plan to set up your tent. This will help keep you and your tent dry while putting it up.
If you have an extra tarp, it’s also good to put one underneath your tent before you set it up. This can give you tent a little extra protection from water on the ground and prevent it from getting rips and tears from anything on the ground.
Wet Clothing or Gear Sometimes the rain is unavoidable which can result in wet clothing and gear, so of course you’ll need a way to dry them. If you set up a tarp covering, you can then add a drying line to hang up your wet clothes and gear to dry.
Campfires I know you’re thinking it is impossible to make a campfire in the rain, right? Well there are options to make this a little easier on you. Campfires are essential for camping when it comes to cooking and heat, so there are ways to make a fire even when it’s raining. Of course if you make a tarp cover high enough up that it is safe to make a fire, that is always a good option. Trees make decent covering too, but if everything is wet, how do you think you are going to make fire?
There are some waterproof fire starter options like waterproof matches and lighters, but we know that’s not all you will need to start a fire.
Starting with Tinder (because wet tinder won’t help you at all) check underneath pine trees, you may have to do a little digging, but you may be able to find some dry pine needles that make great tinder for fires. You can also make your own by finding the driest log you can, pealing off the bark (hoping that the wood underneath is dry) you can then use a knife to scrape at the wood to create thin shavings that can burn quick and hot! If you don’t like that option, you can also pack your own waterproof tinder (which you can find on Amazon or other places that handing camping equipment) that is good to pack in your emergency/survival kit.
Next you need Kindling, which like tinder can be found under trees or you can also find branches or twigs to scrape down to find dry wood beneath the surface.
When it comes to fuel wood, yes there are ways to find it outdoors (which you can look into if you’re camping at a more rugged terrain), but at Hickory Hollow we have you covered on the wood to fuel the fire. We sell bundles of wood for $5.00 to our campers and it is kept dry (plus it’s already split for you!) This makes the idea of finding large, dry pieces of wood a little less tedious on our campers.
Here are a few other quick and easy tips to remember if your camping gets hindered by the rain: – Pack Ponchos or Raincoats to protect yourself from the weather – Emergency Rain suits for your survival kits for those seriously wet situations – Waterproof backpacks or a backpack rain cover to keep your items dry
If you have any other tips or trick to camping in the rain, feel free to leave us a comment! If there are any other blog topics that you would like me to write about for the campground, please let me know and I will do my best to incorporate it into our blog!
I’ve gone on and on about how I feel about our campground and how much our campers and staff care about it, but I know not everyone believes what they hear. Well let me tell you something, we have lots of great reviews of people who have stayed at our campground over the years. Maybe you’ll believe the reviews over what I say, maybe not, but let me tell you I am so proud of what has been said that I want to share it with all of you too!
I’m only going to hit on a few reviews (mostly because there are so many) and you can go check out more at the sites that I mention if what I give you isn’t enough to convince you to stay at Hickory Hollow. We receive reviews from a few different sources, the most popular ones being Google, Facebook, and TripAdvisor. We are also a part of Campground Reviews. I have shared most of the ones that I will post below on our social accounts too, but I know not everyone sees posts all of the time (now there’s no excuse! lol).
Also, we are always looking for ways to improve and make our campers stay better any way that we can so if you have never left a review for us, please feel free to do so. That way others know what you think about the campground as well! The reviews I will be posting are all positive, but we are always open to new ideas and thoughts from others. You can click the links below to leave a review or read other reviews!
Hopefully these few reviews sway you to come check out our campground in Rockwood, PA. I’m not going to go on and on this time, because I feel like these reviews speak volumes for Hickory Hollow Campground!
If you haven’t reviewed us yet, please do! Your review may show up on our socials and help us gain even more campers and we are always welcoming new people. Thank you all for being loyal and caring campers. We are so lucky to have such a great group of people at Hickory Hollow!