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A Winter Tour of Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park

Contributed by Katie Levy, Adventure-Inspired

Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park is best known for its stunning waterfalls, babbling brooks, access to nature, deep gorges and generally stunning scenery. The park’s campgrounds are perfect places to spend a warm weather weekend away from it all. Summer is a pretty spectacular time of year for waterfall watching and hiking at Ricketts Glen, but it’s also a great park to visit in the winter. Though the waterfalls look familiar and the trails are as beautiful as ever, the park is an entirely new world during cold weather months. It can be a real treat to visit if you’re adequately prepared.

Winter Activities at Ricketts Glen

Ricketts Glen State Park

Though some of my favorite warm weather activities like swimming in Lake Jean are out, there’s still a ton to do in the park in the winter. Hiking is always an option, and footpaths like the Mountain Springs Trail (4 miles, difficult) and Cherry Run Trail (4.6 miles, difficult) are great choices. The popular 7.2 mile Falls Trail is closed in winter to all except hikers and ice climbers with adequate equipment (see “tips to prepare” below), but if you are properly equipped, it’s one of the most spectacular winter hikes in the region.

Icy Trail

A handful of friends and I visited Ricketts Glen on New Year’s Day several years ago and it was an unforgettable trip. Some of the waterfalls had almost frozen entirely and the Falls Trail was like a giant, winding skating rink. We took our time, passing safely through the park with crampons and ice axes, marveling at how much the landscape changes in the winter.

Ice Climbing

On separate trips, I got in some of my first and most memorable ice climbs. Ricketts Glen is an ideal area for ice climbing due to the sheer number of climbable formations available in good years. When it gets cold and stays cold enough in Northeastern Pennsylvania for ice to form and last, the variety and number of climbs available is unparalleled in the area.

Camping is available in some parts of Ricketts Glen year round while the park’s trail systems and roads offer great cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. If hiking, climbing and skiing aren’t your cup of tea, there’s always ice fishing on Lake Jean if the ice is more than four inches thick.

Tips to Prepare for Your Visit

Before you head out, do your homework. Download the trail map on your Pocket Ranger® app and be sure to check the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources winter report for Ricketts Glen before you leave. (If you’re planning on ice fishing, the winter report will tell you how thick the ice is.) Make sure you understand the type of equipment and clothing you need to stay warm and safe on your visit.

Though it goes without saying, be sure to bring proper equipment. Parts of the Falls Trail are completely covered in feet of ice, which is navigable if you have the right gear. If you’re planning on hiking, wear crampons, bring hiking poles and/or a mountaineering ice axe and take extreme caution on the trails. Learn how to wear crampons and how to walk on solid ice and steep ice without falling. Heed the warning signs at the trailheads, which remind visitors that some trails are closed during the winter to all except registered ice climbers and experienced, properly equipped hikers. The consequences of a slip on the ice and a fall into one of the gorges can be dire.

When you get to the park, pay attention to your surroundings. Though the ice is beautiful, it’s also impermanent. On our New Year’s Eve visit in 2011, Pennsylvania was hit by a warm spell and though the waterfalls looked climbable, large chunks broke off while we were there. Stay in safe areas and be aware of falling ice.

And of course, don’t forget to have fun! If you’ve never ice climbed before and want to try, guiding services provided by outfits like the Bloomsburg University Quest program are great options. Philadelphia-based TerraMar Adventures occasionally runs winter ice trips in conjunction with BU Quest.

Who’s been to Ricketts Glen in the winter? Sound off in the comments!

5 Great Locations to Spot a Sasquatch

 

Sasquatch

Image: www.bloodsprayer.com

The elusive sasquatch is a large bipedal hominid believed to reside in North America’s more isolated parks and forests. While most scientists are skeptical about the creature’s existence (no doubt out of fear that such a terrifying creature exists), several reputable scientists, including world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, have expressed interest in the subject. Witnesses usually describe a 6-11 ft. ape-like creature with a thick brownish coat weighing upwards of five hundred pounds. Sasquatches are known to communicate over great distances using a loud, blood-curdling howl similar to a wolf’s. These five locations offer a rare combination of geographic isolation, excellent Sasquatch habitat, and high number of confirmed sightings.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

image: www.timbertours.com

Image: www.timbertours.com

This national treasure and known sasquatch hideout is one of the oldest and largest protected areas in the United States. It is also the most visited national park, making sightings frequent. With such a rich biota, scientists estimate that as many as 90,000 undocumented species may be present, including several species of sasquatch. This Tennessee sasquatch blog will help you understand the idiosyncrasies of the Smoky Mountain ‘squatch.

Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, ID

image: www.fs.usda.gov

Image: www.fs.usda.gov

At 2,367 acres, this ominously named protected wilderness area is the second largest in the adjoining 48 states. Together with Gospel Hump Wilderness and surrounding Forest Service land, it forms a contiguous 3.3 million acre roadless area that, with its vast elk herds, craggy mountains and dense forests, can offer ample food and shelter for a large population of sasquatches. The area appears so promising to Idaho professor Dr. Jeff Meldrum that plans are in work to use drones for aerial Sasquatch searches.

Michaux State Forest, PA

image: www.flickr.com

Image: www.flickr.com

Sixty-percent of Pennsylvania is covered by forests, making it one of the prime areas for sasquatches in the Northeastern United States. According to Chris Moneymaker of the BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization), “The area’s apple orchards keep the deer population healthy and that, in turn, attracts sasquatch-like creatures.” Michaux State Forest, like much of Pennsylvania, is rich in mast producing trees like beech, oak and hickory, which provide valuable winter protein for deer and sasquatches alike. Use the Official Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests Pocket Ranger® App to safely navigate the terrain and mark the location of sasquatch prints.

John Muir Wilderness, CA

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Image: www.flickr.com/photos/56156808@N00/891665103

The Muir Wilderness has 57 peaks with elevations over 13,000 feet, raising the distinct possibility of a high-altitude dwelling subspecies of Sasquatch. At such an elevation, a band of sasquatches could easily avoid detection by man and survive by feeding on the area’s abundant population of California Bighorn Sheep. The area’s clear mountain lakes abound with various species of trout and may even afford a place for sasquatches to cool off during the warmer summer months.

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, OR

image: www.outsideonline.com

Image: www.outsideonline.com

This wilderness area is a vast and varied tract of land located in northeast Oregon that contains 5 of the 7 major life zones in North America. What that means in scientific terms is plenty of food and habitat for a Sasquatch. With over 125 miles of hiking trails, you can cover a lot of ground, too. The abundant vegetation is rich in strawberries, huckleberries, Oregon grapes, thimbleberry and, favorite among sasquatches, the swamp gooseberry. Stable populations of Rocky Mountain elk, antelope, sheep, and mule deer provide plenty of game once the berries are picked over.

White-tailed Deer Hunting in Pennsylvania with Pocket Ranger®

The white-tailed deer is one of the most popular and abundant big game species in North America. If you live in the lower 48, chances are you live in close proximity to white-tailed deer or one of its cousins, such as mule or black-tailed deer. Despite their large size (between 100 and 300 pounds), whitetails are nimble and alert creatures that spend their morning and evening hours stealthily browsing the forest floor. In addition to having keen eyesight and hearing, whitetails possess a sense of smell that is a thousand times greater than a human’s. Hunting them requires planning, persistence, and a general awareness of whitetail behavior.

State Game Lands, Wildlife Management Areas, and State or National Forests

Hunting pressure, lower deer densities, lack of road accessibility, and rugged or difficult terrain generally make public land hunts more difficult than private ones. However, if what you’re after is a large and mature buck, then head to the deep woods where hunting pressure is low, food is abundant, and older deer can survive. This is where GPS and tracking features on your Pocket Ranger® can help you navigate and scout the far reaches of the forest. For this particular hunt, I will be using Mt. Nittany Conservancy, an 850-acre tract of mountainous terrain located in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Mt. Nittany Conservancy with Access Points Highlighted

Mt. Nittany Conservancy with Access Points Highlighted

Preparing for the Hunt: Scouting

The single most important factor in determining your hunt’s success is pre-season scouting. Scouting should begin in the late summer, but since I didn’t have time I went out a few days before the hunt and marked locations on my Pocket Ranger® that I knew from previous years offered good visibility, proximity to food sources, and excellent deer sign. The specific location I chose offered good shooting lanes, deer trails, and overlooked a flat area on the mountain slope that narrowed to west, creating a natural funnel or pinch point for deer as they foraged acorns. I would be hunting directly uphill from this pinch point. On the Pocket Ranger® screenshot below, the blue point indicates where I will set up while the deer icon above it indicates heavily trafficked deer trails. Don’t forget to choose a spot that offers good luck, too.

White-tailed deer scouting map

PocketRanger® Showing My Location (in blue) Relative to Access Roads and Deer Trails

Day of the Hunt: Minimizing your Body’s Impact

When entering the woods before dawn, remember to lower your phone’s brightness so that you won’t diminish your eye’s natural ability to see in lowlight conditions. You also want to minimize your sound, which is done in two ways: first, by taking as few steps as possible in getting to your setup; second, by taking the quietest possible steps. Use the app’s GPS feature to proceed in as straight a line as possible while using short strides in a toe-to-heel fashion in order to ‘feel out’ the terrain in front of you. In my case, I would be setting up against a large tree on the western-facing slope of a mountain (western-facing slopes will be warmer than eastern facing slopes and deer like warmth). Masking or minimizing your own odor is also crucial to hunting success and can be achieved most effectively by setting up into the wind so that it blows your scent in the opposite direction you are hunting. In deer hunting, let the landscape and wind conditions dictate your hunt as opposed to imposing your hunt on the landscape.

Taking the Ethical Shot

Around 8 a.m., I noticed a small 6-point buck working his way along the slope. Since this is public land and bucks are hard to come by, I was thrilled and began to prepare myself for the shot. Looking through my riflescope, I noticed the 4-point deer was spooked and had his attention on something else. Suddenly, a larger 8-point deer appeared over the ridge at 100 yards and ran the 4-point off. Since he was not in the mood to stop and feed, I waited for the deer to pass between two large trees and made a bleat-like noise to freeze him. I took a deep breath, exhaled, and placed the shot in the vital organs. The buck died instantly.

A Mature White-Tailed Deer image:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White-tailed_deer.jpg

A Mature White-Tailed Deer [image:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White-tailed_deer.jpg]

A Note on Hunting

Lastly, I would like to remind myself as well as relate to the reader some of the reasons why I hunt and why I consider the practice of hunting to be inherently valuable. I decided rather late in life (25) to hunt because I wanted to experience, in the barest possible of ways, the simple yet stark connection between eating meat and the death it precludes. For most of us who shop at grocery stores and live in cities, knowledge of the meat-giving animal’s existence is not part of everyday life; however, by participating in taking an animal’s life and butchering it myself, I have found the experience of eating and enjoying meat to be of greater significance and one I will never take for granted. Remember, nearly every public forest or game land across the country abounds with delicious wild animals (organic and free-ranging is an understatement) that will safely and affordably feed you and your loved ones. Just take your Pocket Ranger® so you don’t get lost during the chase.

Successful whitetail hunting depends on planning.

The Author with 8-point Pennsylvania Buck

 

Pennsylvania’s French Creek State Park

Contributed by Katie Levy, Adventure-Inspired

Eastern Pennsylvania’s 7, 700 acre French Creek State Park is one of my favorite places to visit, no matter the time of year. Between the hiking trails, beautiful lakes and variety of activities available, it’s the perfect destination for a day or weekend trip. But on a visit earlier this month, I was reminded of just how incredible French Creek is during the autumn season, and I can’t wait to make another trip soon.

The Basics

French Creek State Park is located an hour west of Philadelphia, which makes it a particularly appealing quick trip for city dwellers like me. In addition to the available activities for human visitors, the park is a happening place for many animal species. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR), French Creek is designated as an Important Bird Area and Important Mammal Area by the National Audubon Society.

The Lakes

The park is home to two beautiful lakes: 22-acre Scotts Lake and 68-acre Hopewell Lake. Visitors can swim in a swimming pool by Hopewell Lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and can paddle both lakes year round. There’s also a boat launch available at both lakes, and boats can be rented during the park’s busy season. You can also bring inflatable watercraft like I did on a visit last summer, but it has to meet specific park standards. Both lakes are accessible via a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails. French Creek State Park Take a Hike

French Creek is one of my favorite local hiking spots, due both to trail accessibility and the variety of terrain. There are over 35 miles of trails available, but the blue blazed Boone Trail (6 miles) and yellow blazed Horseshoe Trail (8 miles) are among my favorites. I spent time on both trails last weekend and found some pretty spectacular fall foliage. Be sure to stop at the visitor center near Hopewell Lake for a trail map when you arrive, or use your Pocket Ranger® app to download maps before you arrive.

Take a Mountain Bike Ride

On one of my first trips to French Creek, a few friends and I navigated around parts of Scotts Lake via the Boone Trail on our mountain bikes to train for an adventure race. It’s a great way to see the same terrain a good bit faster! Twenty miles of French Creek’s trails are open to mountain bikers, most of which are beginner and intermediate cyclist-friendly.

Hunting, Camping and More

If you’re not a hiker or a mountain biker, you can get around the park on horseback on one of the trails, and over 6,000 acres of the park are available for hunting. If more than one of these activities appeal to you and you can’t imagine fitting it all into one day, there are plenty of overnight camping options at French Creek. I’ve stayed in the 200-site campground in the fall before and hope to make it back for a winter overnight. Cross country skiing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating are popular winter activities. There are also camping cottages, yurts and modern cabins if you’d prefer a real roof over your head when you stay at French Creek. French Creek State Park If you’re ever planning a visit to eastern Pennsylvania and need to add a beautiful state park to your itinerary, French Creek State Park really does have something for everyone!

Have you been to French Creek? What’s your favorite part of the park? Don’t forget to use your Pocket Ranger® app to find out everything you need to know before you go!

Spotlight: Ohiopyle State Park

We may be hikers, fishermen, and climbers, but sometimes, we moonlight as poets. (In the nature-inspired vein of Thoreau and Whitman!) And, today, friends, we’ve found ourselves a poem that is a state park. (And no, we’re not being metaphorical! The state park we’ve chosen to virtually tour this week is ACTUALLY a poem! In that it ALMOST rhymes! Whoever came up with the name was a poet, and he didn’t even know it!)

(Okay, we know that not all poems rhyme. But just go with it, alright?!)

Alright. So, you’re probably wondering what this poetic state park is. Drumroll, please! (Did you drum? Didn’t hear you. Oh well.) This poem of a park’s name is Ohiopyle State Park, located in none other than Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.

Besides for being a poem of a park, Ohiopyle literally has more things to do than we’ve maybe ever seen in a state park. It’s almost exhausting to even think about, which is pretty spectacular. So, naturally, you’ll need a tour guide to wade through your options. And it’s lucky that you have one! On your Pocket Ranger® app! When you download the free PA State Parks app! And join the Post Grape-Nuts Fit “What’s Your Mountain?” Challenge! And win lots of cool prizes just for playing a fun game and checking out state parks! And now we’re going to stop up-talking and guide you through the best that Ohiopyle has to offer (in our own humble opinions.)

Whitewater Boating

If you’re in the mood to say a word five times fast, we don’t suggest using this one: Youghiogheny. The Youghiogheny River Gorge is a main attraction for the park, and “provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States”, according to the park’s website. There are tons of class III and IV rapids – and if that means nothing to you, you should probably avoid tackling them. There are class I and II rapids at the Middle Yough, which makes for great beginner whitewater kayakers or experienced canoeists. It’s also a perfect place for families, because there are exciting rapids at normal river levels. Before you grab your boat and paddles, just know that inexperienced boaters should not attempt this river without qualified guides. For more information about whitewater boating at Ohiopyle, see here.

whitewater boating at Ohiopyle

Image: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Fishing

After hitting the rapids, you might want to stick with an aquatic theme. If that’s the case, stick to the Youghiogheny, because there’s great trout fishing – the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks fingerling trout throughout the entire river within the park. Be sure to check the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site for specific regulations!

Ohiopyle State Park Fishing

Image: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Waterslides

Seriously, this place is like a waterpark! If you head to Meadow Run, you can sit in the creek bed and ride the water through two natural waterslides.

Hiking

If you’re thinking it’s time to head towards land, we’re on the same wavelength. Luckily, Ohiopyle has 79 miles of hiking trails! Since the park is nestled in the Laurel Highlands, there is a ton of beautiful scenery. One of these trails happens to be the Jonathan Run Trail, a 1.7 mile, easy hiking course. Along the way, you’ll spot some small waterfalls, including the Jonathan Run Falls. Make sure to head this way, because checking out the Jonathan Run Falls will earn you points on your GeoChallenge!

Orange Sky

Image: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Can you believe we’re not even close to being done with listing all of the features of Ohiopyle State Park? Because it’s true. But we must forge on!

Biking

Ohiopyle is home to part of the Great Allegheny Passage, which is one of America’s best bike trails. There are 27 miles of bike trail in the park, which, interestingly enough, used to be the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad. The trail’s great for all ages and abilities, and you can rent bikes at the park. Additionally, it’s a biking-only trail; motorized vehicles and equestrians are not welcome. There are also 25.2 miles of mountain biking trails, including the Sugarloaf Trail System and Jonathan Run Trail.

We can’t even list them; that’s how much more there is!

You can horseback ride on 11.6 miles of trails that are shared-use, so be sure to check for hikers and such. You can rock climb whether you’re a beginner and top-roping or into sport routes. Over 18,000 acres of the park are open to hunting, trapping, and dog training.

In the winter, be sure to cross-country ski, sled, and snowmobile. Accommodation-wise, there’s tons of camping opportunities, including yurts! And of course, you’ll need to eat, so there are picnic areas equipped with picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and charcoal disposal areas. There are some scenic picnic areas, like the Tharp Knob Picnic Area, that’s next to the Tharp Knob Overlook. You’ll have a great view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the town of Ohiopyle. Plus, there’s a playground, volleyball court, and large ball field.

Image: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Image: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Wow. We tried to get the basics in there, so for specifics, please head to http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/ohiopyle/ or your Pocket Ranger® app! Happy GeoChallenging!

Four Beautiful Eastern Pennsylvania Waterfall Hikes

Contributed by Katie Levy, Adventure-Inspired

There’s nothing better on a hot, humid summer day than planning an adventure around cool, cascading waterfalls. And you don’t have to go far from Philadelphia or hike deep into the woods to find four of Eastern Pennsylvania’s best spots. Though all boast similarly stunning views, each is uniquely beautiful, and all are impressive no matter the season.

Glen Onoko Falls, Lehigh Gorge State Park

Glen Onoko Falls in Lehigh Gorge State Park begins from a mountain spring and forms a cascading stream all the way down to the Lehigh River. The water doesn’t get too far above 60ºF, even in the summer. Aside from the cool water, one of the best things about Glen Onoko Falls in Lehigh Gorge State Park is how accessible it is. Just an hour and a half drive from Philadelphia, a short walk on relatively level ground brings you right to the first section of the falls. But that’s where the trail gets interesting. Hikers are warned by a sign posted at the trailhead to be aware of the fact that sections of the hike are steep and treacherous. Loose rocks and tree roots are common on the trail, and it’s steep, climbing over 1,000’ in one mile. I’d definitely recommend proper hiking footwear, walking with caution, and taking your time. But the two mile loop to the top of the falls and down is well worth the trip.

Glen Onoko

For more information, visit Adventure-Inspired, Gone Hikin’ and the PA DCNR website.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Featured in Pocket Ranger’s “Nature Spotting” photo series and as a Penn Gem, Ricketts Glen is one of Eastern Pennsylvania’s most sought after camping and hiking destinations. And with good reason. Take the 7.2 mile Falls Trail if you’re up for a challenge and you’ll be rewarded with views of over 20 waterfalls ranging in size from 11 to 94 feet. Smaller, shorter hikes like the Ganoga View, Adams, and Evergreen Trails are an option if a strenuous 7+ mile hike isn’t your cup of tea.

Waterfall Hikes

Ricketts Glen

For more information, visit Yahoo! Voices, Adventure-Inspired and the PA DCNR website.

Bushkill Falls

Hailed as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is one of Eastern Pennsylvania’s most famous outdoor destinations. The Falls are fed from underground springs bubbling up and forming the headwaters of Bushkill Creek, which descends to the Delaware River far below. Two streams, Little Bushkill Creek and Big Bushkill Creek, both feature stunning falls in the area. Four blazed trails of varying difficulty give visitors ample opportunities to explore. The longest, the Red Trail, spans two miles and covers all eight waterfalls. Unlike the other three destinations in this article, Bushkill Falls is a private estate and was first opened to the public in 1904. It’s still owned by the Peters family.

Bushkill Falls

For more information, visit the Bushkill Falls website.

Dingmans Falls

If you’re looking for a tall waterfall, Dingmans Falls is the perfect Eastern Pennsylvania spot for you. Located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the 130-foot Dingmans Falls is one of several beautiful cascades in the area. Though there are miles of area trails with spectacular views, a quick 0.8 mile out-and-back hike provides quick access to the falls. Philadelphia residents experienced the rainiest June on record, so if you’re planning a visit, now is a perfect time!

Dingmans Falls

For more information, visit alltrails.com and the Delaware Water Gap NRA website.

What Makes a Good Campground Great, Pennsylvania Edition

Contributed by Katie Levy, Adventure-Inspired

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When you’re looking to get away and commune with nature, visiting a campground can be the perfect option. Crackling fires, sleeping under the stars, waking to the sound of birds chirping; it’s a recipe for a wonderful, relaxing time outdoors. But not all campgrounds are created equal. Though my list of desired attributes changes depending on the trip, there are a few features that all great campgrounds have.

Great Campground Feature #1: adequate privacy. In general, my philosophy is that unless you’re willing to do what it takes to get far into the wilderness, it’s not realistic to expect solitude on your getaways. Campgrounds with the attributes in this post, great campgrounds, get crowded. But depending on site layout, tree cover and other features, you can still find spots that feel secluded. During my time leading trips for TerraMar Adventures, Ricketts Glen State Park quickly became one of my favorite overnight spots for groups. The group sites are far apart, quite large, and the tree cover helped us feel like we were the only group in the campground.

Great Campground Feature #2: easy to get to and get around. Though I don’t mind going out of my way to find a campground in the middle of nowhere, getting there safely is important. On a trip to the Catskills two summers ago, my group and I found ourselves in search of a very small campground in the dark, mostly due to inadequate signage and poor turnoff markings. One of my favorite campgrounds to visit here in Pennsylvania is Hickory Run State Park because it’s a piece of cake to get to and once you’re there, it’s easy to find your designated campsite.

Great Campground Feature #3: easy access to activities. When I stay at a campground, it’s usually to be close to trails, climbing areas, or other places I’m eager to visit. I don’t want to spend half the day getting to and from my activity spots. Though French Creek State Park doesn’t offer maximum privacy for individual tent sites, there’s so much to do there that it doesn’t matter.  With miles of trails for and mountain biking, Hopewell Lake for swimming, boating and fishing, and picnic areas for day-use, French Creek gives visitors a chance to do just about anything within a few miles of their campsites.

Great Campground Feature #4: open and accessible year round. It’s always a treat to head to a popular campground in the winter. Though it might sound crazy, camping in the snow is a great way to test your mental reserves and to have all the fun you’d have in warmer weather without anyone else around. A stay at Hickory Run State Park during the winter is still one of my most memorable campground overnights. My friends and I had the campground to ourselves, save two RVs, and we spent the night enjoying s’mores in the quiet. Of course, be sure you’re adequately prepared with the right gear for winter camping to take advantage of this feature.

What else do you look for in a campground?