Local Area Attractions
There is no shortage of things to do and see in Northwestern PA! Crawford County features Allegheny Geo Caching Trail, Conneaut Lake Amusement Park, Conneaut Cellars Winery, Crawford County Fairgrounds, Erie Wildlife Refuge, 14 Golf Courses (including Mount Hope where your kids golf for free when you tell them you're camping at Meadville KOA!), Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event on Father's Day Weekend, the Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm, Conneaut Lake Amusement Park and Recreation Area, the Pioneer Steam Festivals, and much more! We're an easy drive from Presque Isle State Park and Pymatuning State Park and Spillway (the top two most visited state parks in Pennsylvania), Erie Maritime Museum, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Waldameer Amusement & Water Park, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Oil Creek & Titusville Scenic Railway & Park, Rails To Trails for Biking, and the Grove City Outlets!
List of Local Area Attractions
Allegheny Geo Caching Trail, Conneaut Lake Amusement Park, Conneaut Cellars Winery, Crawford County Fairgrounds, Erie Wildlife Refuge, Erie Maritime Museum, 14 Golf Courses, Grove City Outlets, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Presque Isle State Park & Beaches, Pymatuning Lake & Spillway, Oil Creek & Titusville Scenic Railway & Park, Rails To Trails for Biking, Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event, and Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm! See complete list with live links at: http://www.meadvillekoa.com/links.html
Allegheny Geo Trail!
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a great family activity! This adventure sport/hobby involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on geocaching.com. The Allegheny GeoTrail is perhaps the largest of its kind, encompassing ten counties throughout northwestern and north-central Pennsylvania. Within each county are between 10 and 20 designated geocaches which make up the trail. The quest to find these caches will take participants throughout the rugged and scenic land of the Allegheny National Forest and its surrounding gateway counties. (It's a modern Day Treasure Hunt!) Find six or more caches within a county, and earn that county's unique geocoin. Find six caches in each of all ten counties, and earn a special geocoin that represents the entire trail. See the rules for how to go about finding the caches and claiming your coins! http://www.alleghenygeotrail.com/
The Erie National Wildlife Refuge
The Erie National Wildlife Refuge is just 5 miles from the campground and has over 8700 acres. You may even see their nesting bald eagles! You can drive around and through it, hike on the trails, and see 237 species of migratory birds, and other wildlife. Keep yours eyes to the skies, we even sometimes see eagles great blue hurons, and other birds at the campground! http://www.fws.gov/refuge/erie/! Phone 814-789-3585.
Mount Hope Golf Course (and 13 others!)
Mount Hope Golf Course is just 5 miles from the campground. Kids play for free after 5:00 pm at Mount Hope! (But ONLY if you tell them You're camping at Meadville KOA Campground, and we sent you!) http://www.mthopegolfcourse.com/
14 Golf Courses are all within an easy drive! Within Crawford County's golf courses golfers are sure to find more tee times and a challenging course for any level player! http://www.visitcrawford.org/public/what_to_do/Golf.cfm
John Brown Farm in Pre-Civil War Crawford County
John Brown Farm in Pre-Civil War Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the farm of the great abolitionist John Brown played a strategic role in the Underground Railroad. Disbursing "depots" in the area, John Brown aided in the passing of an estimated 2,500 slaves. In the town of New Richmond, his farm and tannery was a major stop on the Railroad, marking its place in history from 1825 to 1835. The farm, now a museum, proves to be an educational, exhilarating experience as you learn more about this great man of history and his many heroic efforts. Tour the remnants of the tannery and take a walking path to the cemetery. (Wear comfortable walking shoes.) Plan a visit during the first weekend in May, and you can share in the "Spirit of Freedom" picnic, a community celebration in honor of John Brown's birthday (May 9). There is also a gift shop allowing visitors to take a piece of that experience with them to cherish for a lifetime. Open from April 15 to October 15, and in the winter by appointment only.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
June 14 - Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event!
The Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival runs from the Thursday evening through Sunday of Father's Day Weekend, each year, weather permitting.
It is Held at the Allegheny College Robertson Field (a non-smoking facility! No smoking is allowed on the property) which is about 7 miles from the campground. Thursday night's "Night Glow" includes the balloons lighting up and being fired to music! Friday - Sunday consists of the balloons flying and attempting to hit targets on the ground with bean bags.
Take a blanket, chairs and a light jacket Food and Drinks will be available. Official Thurston Classic souvenirs on sale. Handicap parking is provided. Please remember that because there is no admission to these events, your donations are needed for this event to continue! Please support this event by buying souvenirs & donating generously!
Aug 16 thru 23 - Crawford County Fair
Held every August in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the Crawford County Fair is one of the largest agricultural venues east of the Mississippi River, and possibly the oldest county fair in Pennsylvania. September 25, 1946, marked the opening day of the first Crawford County Fair; over 31,000 people attended the four-day fair that first year. The 54th annual fair, held for eight days in August 1999, attracted 150,000 visitors.