Mercer / Grove City KOA Holiday Campground Blog

Benefits of Being in Nature


Being in Mother Nature is soothing to the soul and an uplifting experience. Take a break from technology and take a hike to promote overall wellness. Slow down your brain and allow the Earth’s natural beauty to calm your inner being. Just sitting outside for 20 minutes a day is beneficial to your...

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The Story of Ugly Duckling Recreation Group


As a young family, the Arnold Family regularly traveled the country in their RV, exploring the great outdoors and spending quality time together. It was during these trips that they discovered their love for the camping industry and realized that it was more than just a hobby - it was a way of life....

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Camping is Healing


Join us for our Big Weekend fundraising event for the ah-mazing foundation Care Camps! Care Camp's mission is to give joy, hope, and the healing power of the outdoors to children with cancer and their families at a specialized oncology camp. Check out more of their awesomeness right here. Save the...

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Camper Crunch Cookies


Prepared and taste tested just for you - we're dishing out beautiful Camper Crunch Cookies for this month's blog! Camco's Life is Better at the Campsite Cookie Cutters are PERFECT for making decorative cookies. Get those festive cookie cutters right here and follow our campground recipe below!Camper...

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Fun at the Campground


Make your stay memorable with endless ah-mazing things to do right here at the campground. Bask in the smells of Summer Saturdays when delicious homemade Amish baked goodies are in the air. Try our new Snack Bar featuring all the fun foods like, soft pretzels (with cheese!), churros, pretzel dogs,...

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An Indoor Camping Night


It’s winter time. A time for slowing down, turning inward and becoming more of a homebody. Hibernation doesn’t have to be so bland. Spice up the indoor vibes with a mock night of camping. Create the magic of camping anytime, anyplace with these helpful tips. Designate an open space for your...

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Zombie Capital of the World


Mercer-Grove City KOA offers a welcome respite in the western Pennsylvania countryside just one hour north of Pittsburgh. Also released in western Pennsylvania (maybe not so welcoming) were groundbreaking zombie film classics. Night of the Living Dead first set the tone for all zombie movies to...

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RV Travel with Pets


Let’s face it, our animals are life! Camping wouldn’t be the same without our furry companions. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or this is your first trip with the fur babies - you’ve come to the right place for ways to make their travel (and yours!) more comfortable. Pets thrive on routine so...

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Reusable Water Bottles


Sip your beverage in style knowing you are making a difference to help protect our planet. Reusable bottles replace having to purchase single use plastic bottles to conserve resources. Leave those heavy cases of bottles behind! By reusing bottles, you also avoid harsh chemical contaminants while...

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Halloween is Coming


Halloween is kind of a big deal at the Mercer/Grove City KOA. We are designating every weekend in October a Halloween weekend! Harry Potter Weekend kicks off October 1st. Fear not witches and wizards, the fun continues October 8th, 15th, and 22nd as our spooktacular Hallo-weekends! Festivities...

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We're Growing our KOA Family of Campgrounds


We couldn't be more excited to expand our portfolio and bring vision to three KOAs!The Ugly Duckling Recreation Group was founded in 2020, after the acquisition of our second campground, as a parent company to expand our campground portfolio underneath. We promote and pride ourselves on being the...

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Baking Pie on the Fourth of July


What’s more patriotic than eating pie on the Fourth of July? We've got the perfect summertime treat to celebrate America's Birthday! Prepared and taste tested for your holiday festivities - we're dishing out tiny pies using a muffin pan. Oh yeah, that's right, individual adorable little pies -...

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Buddy Sites


If you're camping with family or friends, consider our buddy sites!  For RVs, we have three different sets of buddy sites, one of which is an awesome deluxe patio site combination!  The Deluxe KOA Patio buddy sites are site numbers 100 and 102.Our regular pull-thru, full-hookup, buddy sites are site...

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Breakfast Tortilla Bake


Try this sweet tortilla bake for an easy brunch! Take flour tortilla shells, plus your favorite spread and stuffings then bake to gooey perfection. Fresh strawberry bananas N cream with maple drizzle is our winner!First, open a tortilla shell and spread thin layers as follows:  Layer 1 - Cream...

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Feeling Those Road Trip Vibes


Here’s ways to create the perfect road trip!Choose the PlaceIt's not just the destination but the journey that is the adventure! Find fun stops all along the way. Use google maps or an app like Roadtrippers to pinpoint landmarks, to do’s, campgrounds, rest stops, etc. Plan your route accordingly...

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Your Deluxe Cabin Awaits


The Deluxe Cabin is Camping With All The Comforts Of Home!Deluxe Cabin (w/ Bathroom and Kitchen):  Relax in this comfy Log Cabin after a long day of shopping the outlets. This Lodge includes a 2-top range, full fridge and freezer, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker! Build a fire in the grated fire...

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Unique Amenities


We offer a plethora of features to make your camping experience extra special. The moment you arrive a personal escort will take you to your site. Trash pickup is included as well as high speed free WIFI with no passwords! Kids of all ages will enjoy our playground, basketball court, gaga ball court...

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Holiday Treats, Camper Edition


No oven? No problem! Try a few of these no bake recipes:Score an electric pizzelle iron for delicious Italian cookies that you can flavor any which way your taste buds desire. Flair with almond, lemon or anise seed if you're a fan of classics. Split the batter and experiment with mini chocolate...

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Brighten Your RV


Is your RV dark and outdated? Spruce up your space with some of these colorful methods! Paint is one of the most dramatic changes to enhance the interior of your home on wheels. Choose a tone that suits your space. Add a fresh layer to cabinets, walls, or furniture with white or another vibrant...

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October Events


Fall is in the air and the campground is howling with festivities!  October 2, 2021Cutie Pie Cup Cakes Truck The Cutie Pie Cup Cakes Truck will be back packing some serious sweets! Come by from 3pm-6pm for some yummy treats! Burn some calories and take the scenic hike around our Fishing Pond Trail!...

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Your Perfect Day in Mercer County


Nestled in western Pennsylvania, midway between Pittsburgh and Erie, lies Mercer County. Our KOA makes a great base camp to explore everything the region has to offer.Leesburg Falls also known as Springfield Falls is located 10 minutes from the KOA. It's a super easy access waterfall with rewarding...

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Campfire Cinnamon Buns -N- Cream


We’re calling this the triple crown of confections. The Triple “C”.Cinnamon rolls roasted over the campfire topped with a dollop of ice cream. Yes please & thank you! So you’ve got options how to roast. Here are our favs: Hobo style:Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.Wrap the buns and place...

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Themed Weekends


The campground is booming with summer events! See below for July 4th happenings.Festivities will begin Saturday at Noon with a bike parade around the campground. We will meet outside the office at 11:50 and decorate the bikes. Starting a 1 PM, we will have red & blue tie-dye followed by a patriotic...

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Good camping etiquette isn't always common sense.


Here's tips how to be a courteous camper:  Know your equipment. Whether it be tent, RV, or cabin - familiarize yourself with set up requirements. Special attention goes out to new RV campers and emptying waste tanks. Be aware of proper dumping procedures! Youtube is awesome for tutorials if you’re...

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Fido Friendly Activities


Puppers! We welcome four legged campers to Mercer Grove City KOA! Their well behaved humans are welcomed too! Start your pooch play with a stop at our off leash area KampK9®  then continue to the nature trail around the pond and bask in beautiful views.   If you're still seeking adventure, we...

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So you made reservations to go camping. Now what to bring?


See below for a general list to get ya packing!First, what you bring may depend on the type of site you reserved. Chances are you booked either a Tent, RV, or lodging such as a cabin, teepee, treehouse, yurt, train, or any other crazy cool accommodations out there nowadays. Some lodging options have...

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Your Home Away from Home Awaits


Mercer-Grove City KOA offers a welcome respite in the western Pennsylvania countryside just one hour north of Pittsburgh.Our campground is located just 3 miles from Exit 113 on I-79 and the Grove City Premium Outlets. Accommodations include large 50 amp pull-through RV sites, Patio Sites, tent sites...

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PB&J French Toast


It's peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly time! Take a peanut butter jelly sandwich then make french toast out of it. This is a game changer right here. Simply make your favorite PB&J sammie then dip both sides in an egg/milk mixture as you would french toast. Pan fry that bad boy with some...

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Coffee & Camping


There’s nothing like a fresh cup of Joe in the morning. In this blog, we’ll explore different brew methods whilst camping!  PERCOLATOR - It doesn’t get more festive than preparing your brain juice over a campfire. Earthy aroma fills the air as you wait for your coffee to brew. We must note the...

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Outdoor Cooking Systems: Portable Propane Gas Stove


Whilst exploring our beautiful country, it is also important to explore various outdoor cooking options and recipes available.  In this blog post, we'll focus on portable propane gas stoves.  Just like your indoor stove top but ready to travel wherever you go!  We’re big fans of stovetop propane...

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Outdoor Cooking Systems: The Gravity Grill


Whilst exploring our beautiful country, it is also important to explore various outdoor cooking options and recipes available.  In this blog post, we'll focus on the gravity grill and skillet combo.  The pair is an exceptional method in cooking over an open campfire capturing that delicious smokey...

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What it's like to be a Work Kamper


Morning songbirds slowly wake you from a peaceful night of slumber.  You spring out of bed and open the door to a new day.  You raise a fresh mug of coffee saluting neighbors also enjoying the tranquility of morning.  The scent of a hearty campfire breakfast fills your nose from around the corner....

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