Think Cabins & Campgrounds for your Next Penn State Weekend

If you’re an alumni of Penn State, you might have noticed that all the hotels around the area look the same. There is no difference in color, most accommodations are pretty expensive on football weekends, and you might just want to break up the monotony when you come into town to see Penn State play anyone.

So what are the alternative options to shacking up in a hotel over night?

The short answer is cabins and campgrounds.

There are many available campgrounds to go with your buddies. There is some sort of appeal to being out in the middle of the woods with your buddies from college, in the middle of the woods, a great fire in front of the cabin, and nothing but good times. A forewarning: not every campsite or cabin allows alcohol, especially the state parks. But, here we go:

Aiken Cabins at Bear Meadows

400 Bear Meadows Road
Boalsburg, PA 16827
Phone: 814-466-9299

Type: Cabins Only

A half-mile off of 322 in Boalsburg, Aiken Cabins was established in 2007 as a set of luxury cabins. Boalsburg is also roughly five to ten minutes away from Penn State.

Where do I stay?

There are only five cabins out at Bear Meadows, but each cabin sleeps five. The accommodations are excellent however; electric fireplace, eat in kitchen, DirecTV, dishwasher, and a lot of other items. The group also published a list of rules available on the website.

The area does allow alcohol, but you can’t be rowdy, which is probably not an issue. Pets require an extra $35 fee.

Where do I check the availability of the options?

Call the phone number provided or email the owners at aikenscabins@hotmail.com

What’s the downside?

There are no prices listed on the website. They’re considered “luxury cabins”. Two night minimum stay is required for graduation/football weekends.

Overall?

The cabins are open all year round, with many amenities, and alcoholic options. Although the price might be a little high, if you’re looking for a great place to hold a reunion or a football weekend event, this might be a good place to do it.

Aunt Susie’s Country Vacations

5377 Leisure Ln.
Huntingdon, PA 16652 
Phone: 814-658-3638
Toll Free: 888-232-5253

Type: Cabins…kind of.

Aunt Susie’s is really close to Raystown Lake. At a 40 minute drive to campus, this is a much better destination if you plan to go to Raystown instead of Penn State for the weekend football game, plus these cabins end up taking more of a vacation house form. But, the accommodations are pretty stellar: high speed internet, 3 bedrooms (at a minimum, with the exception of the Sportsman, which is a 1 bed, 1 bath), guest laundry.

Where do I stay?

Vacationers will find themselves faced with five excellent accommodations to stay in: The Grand Old Lady, The Hideaway, Mary’s Place, The Sportsman’s Cottage, and the Hummingbird’s Hollow. But beware: some of these places only take brought in linens. As in you have to bring them. Towels, sheets, etc. But the outsides of the homes seem really nice. No indoor pictures available. Accommodations are listed underneath the pictures on their website.

Where do I check the availability of Options?

You can call the number listed above.

Overall?

The places are pretty nice for reunions, football weekends (if you want to drive that far). It’s not clear what some of the policies are, at least, when looking at the website. However, if you want a home away from home, literally rent a home out here in Huntingdon.

Bald Eagle State Park

Type: Campground and Cabins Available

Situated half way between Milesburg and Lock Haven (a town called Howard), Bald Eagle State Park has a lot to do and a lot to see. Fishing, boating, hiking, and a dam to swim in, this place could easily be home for your next reunion.

Where do I stay?

There are several options for camping, including the Nature Inn, an 18,500 square foot accommodation with sixteen rooms.

Russell P. Letterman Campground

The Russell P. Letterman is a modern campground with all of the available amenities. There are several available options here including RV areas, tenting areas, yurts (round tents with electricity, pre-set) camping cottages, and deluxe camping cottages. Most of these sleep multiple people (except for the areas that you have to bring your own tent or RV) and have electricity available. Oh, and you can bring your pets!

Where do I check out the availability of all these options?

All of this is available right here. The drive from BESP is a lengthy one however to campus, so it’s a good idea to tailgate at the game instead of before. Oh yeah and….

What’s the downside?

The downside is, because it is a state park, there is no alcohol permitted.

Overall?

The overall here is that it’s a pretty good place. You can swim, fish, and enjoy the outdoors in general. They’re open until the end of deer season in December.

Bellefonte/State College KOA Campground

2481 Jacksonville Rd.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: 814-355-7912
Tollfree: 800-562-8127

Type: Campground with cabin, RV capabilities

Bellefonte is roughly 15 to 20 minutes away from Beaver Stadium and Penn State campus. If you want the whole availability, though, to camp in a tent, relax in a cabin, or bring your RV with you, this is it.

Where do I stay?

Where can’t you stay? There is multiple places to park your RV, put up your tent, or rent your cabin. There is a total of eight cabins on site, with ways to sleep up to 40 people comfortably (if you rent all the cabins). Pets are allowed with an additional fee. If you’re going with a large group and need multiple ways to stay, this might be your ticket. Each Penn State game is an onsite event, specifically listed on the calendar.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone numbers listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

Zero tolerance policy on alcohol. They are a national chain of campgrounds and want to protect their liability. However, with the availability of several bars in the Bellefonte/State College area, this might be the best way to stay.

Overall?

Check the availability and check the pricing. If you have a large group and can make it work, they should definitely consider here.

Black Moshannon Lodge

5662 Black Moshannon Rd.
Philipsburg, PA 16866 
Phone: (814) 592-8859

Type: A Singular Cabin (Lodge)

Located in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, this lodge is roughly 20 minutes away from Beaver Stadium. The lodge sleeps up to 8 people, is specifically available for football weekends, and is a newly renovated lodge.

Where do I stay?

The lodge is located just short of the Black Moshannon State Park. The photo galleries on the website really tell the story: this is a really nice place. The part that sticks out the most is the available Jacuzzi in the back of the house on the deck. There is a lot to do around the surrounding area and plenty of room for your reunion or tailgate.

Pet-friendly, alcohol permitted (with responsibility!), this place could easily be your next stay for the weekend.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

There isn’t much of a downside. Agreeing to stay here means you sign a temporary “lease”, which could be problematic with actual apartments, let alone a night’s stay.

Overall?

The simple accommodations here have best suited those looking for a gathering. Check it out.

Black Moshannon State Park

4216 Beaver Rd.
Philipsburg, PA 16866
Phone: 814-342-5960

Type: Campground with cabin, RV capabilities

Located near the lodge in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, this campground is roughly 20 minutes away, and has one of the larger groups of cabins. If you need a lot of cabins, or a lot of space, this might be it.

There are multiple ways to stay, like the other campgrounds on the list.

Where do I stay?

There are 74 available campsites for tents and trailers, some are pet friendly, most have wash stations and places to maintain hygiene. There are also two deluxe cottages available for rent. But the most important thing to note here is there are 13 rustic cabins (wood stoves, bunk beds, etc.) and 6 modern cabins (electric heat, bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms) available for rent. There is also a LOT to do here, too much to post on this short list.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

State park. No alcohol.

Overall?

If you want a cabin(s) at all costs, this is your place. Figure out where you’re gonna shower though.

Country Cottage at Woodward Crossings

133 Jackson Hill Rd.
Woodward, PA 16882 
Phone: 814-349-4484
Fax: 814-349-4483

Type: A Singular Cabin (Cottage)

35-40 minutes away from campus, this house in the country side offers many of the modern amenities of most hotels: a full kitchen, showers, DSL internet, and a cable television with a DVR hook up. However, the backdrop to this cottage is amazing. Out in the middle of the open fields, the cottage is a civilization-break.

Where do I stay?

The cottage sleeps up four people. One bedroom and one guest room only. However, the space is large enough to possibly hold a party here, granted, without that many people sleeping in the house. There is a lot available to do, specifically birding, fishing, and hiking. Get a kennel for Spot though; this place is not pet friendly.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

There’s no clear indication of alcohol usage on the property. Sleeping up to 4 people means that probably wouldn’t be a good idea anyways to have people drinking.

Overall?

Not a bad place. But it seems to be more of a small family vacation or a romantic getaway than a weekend with your buddies.

Gram and Pap’s Fort Bellefonte Campground

2023 Jacksonville Rd., Rt. 26
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: 814-355-9820

Type: Campground with cabin, RV capabilities

In Bellefonte, 15 to 20 minutes to Penn State, Gram and Pap’s campground has many amenities that other camp sites do not: playgrounds, miniature golf, game rooms, etc.

Where do I stay?

There’s nine cabins and cottages to stay at, with a total of 92 sites, mostly tenting. There is a lot of space for RVs and tens, so chances are you will get a spot. With the KOA down the road, though, this little mom and pop campground has a lot of competition.

If you want something different with a little more to do, this might be a good place for your reunion or football weekend event. Pets are also welcome!

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

There’s no clear indication of alcohol usage on the property. Otherwise, not bad.

Overall?

The closeness of the campsite to State College is impressive; there’s a lot of stuff to do and a lot of space to stay. Check this place out.

The Guesthouse at Long Meadow

21 Longmeadow Lane
Logan Mills, PA 17747 
Phone: (570) 725-2603

Type: A Singular Cabin (House)

35 minutes away from campus, this house is a four bedroom guest house overlooking Sugar Valley and Long Meadow. This town ranked on Forbes list of top 10 fishing towns, but also hosts many opportunities for stargazing, birding, etc.

Where do I stay?

The guest house is a four bedroom lot, with kitchen, stainless steel appliances, library, wood stove, two full size baths, and a charcoal grill outside. There is plenty of room to have a function, and the place can sleep up to eight (but it is unfortunately, $25 per person extra after the allotted four people stay).

It is open all year round, with the possibility of being long term accommodations for guests. Do not bring your pets.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

There’s no clear indication of alcohol usage on the property. It is an additional $50 for graduation, Arts Fest, and Football weekends, which bumps the $250 a night price to $300, with a three night minimum for special events. No pets. Two night minimum on a weekend.

Overall?

The pictures of the guesthouse are absolutely stunning. Each person chipping in an additional $25.00 to stay in the house might be enticing for eight alumni going to a game. This looks like a very viable option.

Hemlock Acres Campground

128 Hemlock Drive
P.O. Box 31
Coburn, PA 16832
Phone: 814-349-5955

Type: Campground with cabin, RV capabilities

Over a half hour drive to campus, Hemlock is located in Coburn, PA. There is many accommodation choices out there; it is also half way between State College and Lewisburg. This puts you halfway between Penn State and Bucknell, in case you would want to go there as well.

Where do I stay?

The campground has many different availabilities including two luxury cabins and four rustic cabins. All sites are pet friendly, with the exception of the luxury cabins. Alcohol is also permitted in accordance with state drinking laws.

There is also a swimming pool, gas, and firewood for sale on site.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above. Call for reservations only.

What’s the down side?

It’s a 30 minute drive. Website is still under construction in many parts so more information will be available over the phone.

Overall?

This place looks pretty nice. Not a lot of cabin options, so you might have to bring the RV or some tents to stay in the area.

Ingleby Lodge

275 Ingleby Road
Woodward, PA 16882 
Phone: (814) 360-5145

Type: A Singular Cabin

25 minutes away from Penn State, this three story log home offers Penn State fans an absolutely divine experience in the wilderness. With accommodations up to 9 people, the place might be your next destination for a Penn State football weekend.

Where do I stay?

You stay in the three story home. 9 people can sleep here (with an additional $40 charge per person, per night after four people are accommodated). Amenities include a fireplace, high speed internet, satellite television, a home theatre and a bar, with much more. No pets allowed. A stone’s throw away from several attraction in town.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

It’s a pretty penny to stay here. Cash, check, or money order are the only things accepted for residence.

Overall?

Wow. If you’re a tailgater, this is your spot. The place emphasizes specifically that they enjoy tailgating and that this would be a good place for a Penn State Football Weekend. Check this place out!

Moore Mountain View Farm

251 S. Mountain Road
Port Matilda, PA 16870 
Phone: 215-362-0788

Type: A Singular Cabin (Farmhouse)

15 miles away from Penn State and 20 miles away from Altoona, this 75 acre farmhouse boasts an ability to sleep up to 12 comfortably. It is also handicap accessible with a lot of amenities for the outdoorsman and the football fan.

Where do I stay?

A white farmhouse with a large kitchen, a lot of beds, and cable television. DVD/VCR player in the house as well. Showers, provided linen for guests, and a large porch that showcases the beautiful surrounding area. A fire pit is also on site, for when you feel the need to make s’mores. This area will probably sleep the most of your guests without reaching out to a campground instead.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

Over four people, $35.00 extra, plus tax. No clear policies on website. No phone service which means you need a cell phone.

Overall?

It sleeps twelve. This means that if you’re having a party with some guests that live a bit too far away, this might be your best bet.

Seven Mountains Campground

101 Seven Mountains Campground Rd
Spring Mills, PA 16875
Phone: 814-364-1910

Type: Campground with cabin, RV capabilities

Roughly 20 minutes away from Penn State, there is a lot of options for rent out at Seven Mountains.

Where do I stay?

Deluxe cabins, tenting areas, and RV options abound, there is plenty of space of space to stay around Seven Mountains. Plus with a short driving distance to PSU, this is one of the closer options out there.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

The website doesn’t list exactly all quantities around the campground, just rates and amenities.

Overall?

Though there might not be a huge wealth of information on the website, but the places look relatively good. Make sure you check it for the short distance!

Waterside Campground

475 Locust Rd.
Lewistown, PA 17044 
Phone: (717) 248-3974
Fax: (717) 248-5143

Type: Campground with cabin, RV capabilities

Located in Lewistown, the drive might be hefty on the way to State College, but the amount of places to stay at Waterside is pretty hefty, too.

Where do I stay?

230 campsites, 5 cabins and cottages available for rental. The place is picturesque and overlooks Raystown Lake. Also closer to Raystown than PSU, but not bad if you’re possibly looking for an alumni vacation or reunion.

Where do I check the availability for all these options?

The phone number listed above or right here.

What’s the down side?

There really isn’t one.

Overall?

Large camping listings, not much room for cabins, though. If you want cabins, get them early! We hope to continue updating this page with more great places for alumni and Happy Valley residents alike to enjoy the great outdoors! Make sure you follow us on Facebook! Until then, happy camping!

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