Nestled in western Pennsylvania, midway between Pittsburgh and Erie lies Mercer County. Located in a region of small towns and rolling farmland, there is no shortage of adventures to entertain and occupy the whole family.
Let Mercer/Grove City KOA be your base camp while you explore all of the delightful places and recreation options this area has to offer.
Be sure to pick up a Mercer County 2018 Escape Plan Coupon Book in the Kampstore.
Grove City Premium Outlets is western Pennsylvania's premiere shopping destination with over 120 brand name stores including Coach, aerie, J. Crew, The North Face, Columbia, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Bradley and White House Black Market. The open air mall is located just off I-79, 3 miles south of the campground. Save 25-65% off everyday retail and enjoy the savings offered by Pennsylvania's tax-free status on most clothing and shoes.
One of the very few remaining forges in the country that continues to produce forged aluminum, pewter, bronze, and sterling silver articles entirely by hand, using no production machinery. Tour the forge and watch master craftspeople at work. Located 1/2 mile west of Grove City Premium Outlets. Open 7 days a week.
The Amish Peddler specializes in fine furniture and accessories made by Amish craftsmen using northern red oak, cherry, maple, hickory, walnut or quarter sawn white oak wood. Along with the finest quality craftsmen and wood, the Amish Peddler does customizing allowing the customer to choose from many options including size, shape, stain, and hardware. Also outdoor furniture made with recycled plastic. You can see some of it on our patio sites.
Mercer Borough is a 200-year-old, small-town community. While strolling the town square, visitors can enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream soda, an in-store Lionel train display reminiscent of childhood days, several antique shops, a quilt shop and a bakery. Enjoy country shopping and Victorian styles around Mercer's Courthouse Square.
Mercer Raceway Park is a 3/8-mile dirt track located just off Route 19 on Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment are presented Saturdays from late March through late September. Special events occur throughout the season.
Race Day:=18px Saturday night racing starts at 7 p.m. from late March through September. Special events may have different days and starting times. =18pxPits open at 4 p.m. Gates open at 5.
Also known as Springfield Falls. An easy to visit scenic waterfall. A small portion of the ruins of the first Iron Furnace in Mercer County are visible across the stream.
Take a short detour on your way to Volant or New Wilmington to check it out.
Open weekends mid-September to early November. Activities include The Corn Maze, Indoor Hay Maze, The Hayride, Pedal Tractor Racetrack, Two 40' Mountain Slides, 40' Jump Pad, Tight Ropes, and The Barnyard Boardgame.
Volant is a unique village of quaint shops and restaurants located on Route 208 only 10 minutes from I-79 and I-80. Enjoy shopping on an old-fashioned main street nestled in the rolling hills of scenic western Pennsylvania Amish country. Open 361 days a year (closed New years day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Shopping hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. http://www.volantshops.com/
Almost 2,000 Old-Order Amish people make their home in the farms surrounding the village of New Wilmington. Buggies and cars co-mingle on the roads.
A number of interesting specialty shops are located in town. Whiting Meats, an old fashioned butcher shop that makes out of this world bacon. Gilliland's Market, a great little grocery store with a friendly staff. The Cheese House, notable not just for the cheese but also a large selection of gluten-free foods. The Silk Road Fair Trade Market carries extraordinary handcrafted gifts from around the world. The Fractured Grape is a medical themed wine bar that donates part of their proceeds to curing disease. Amish Oak Showcase offers handcrafted Amish made furniture. All are worth a visit, and if your tummy starts to grumble, The Tavern on the Square serves lunch and dinner in an historic old house. Hitching your horse and parking are both free here.
McConnells Mill State Park, in Lawrence County, encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge, which is a National Natural Landmark. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steep sides while the valley floor is littered with huge boulders. Scenic overlooks and waterfalls are popular natural attractions.Visitors can tour a gristmill and covered bridge built in the 1800s. The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset..
Each year over a million people visit Moraine's 16,725 acres. Hiking and biking trails, swimming beaches, fishing, boat rentals, bike rentals, boat tours, wildlife watching - everything a great state park can offer.
Lake Arthur provides over forty-two miles of scenic shoreline. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
A sixth generation family farm located just outside New Wilmington. In their market you will find locally grown seasonal produce, honey, jams and much more. Mouthwatering homemade doughnuts too. Open 6 days a week year round. Pick your own apples on Saturdays from 10 am-3 pm September 8 - October 20
Less than 1/2 an hour from the campground lies a piece of the antebellum south. Inspired by the movie "Gone with the Wind", Tara - A Country Inn offers fine dining, and probably the best Sunday Brunch in the region.
Built in 1854, the inn has been lovingly restored and is filled with an incredible amount of Civil War and movie memorabilia. Reservations are required for both dining and guided group tours.
The store with the giraffe is gone. But have no fear - Playthings Etc. is still here! Located halfway between Slippery Rock and Butler is a building shaped like a Stealth Bomber. Inside you will find a unique selection of toys of all kinds, from toddler toys to rockets.
If you're a kid, or just want to feel like a kid again, this is a store where play is encouraged. Open 10-8 Monday through Friday, closed Sundays.
Starlight Drive-In is open seasonally, April –October, weekends only in spring & fall and 7 nights in peak-season, Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Double features every night. Concession stand, video/pinball arcade, mini golf course, special feature nights and events.
A celebration of Zombies in Pop-Culture. Located in the town center of Evans City, PA, location of the original film, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead , the themed attraction takes fans through a visual history of zombies in cinema and pop-culture. Displays of props and memorabilia are woven into a presentation featuring interactive experiences, and zombie gift shopping. A great little place for Zombie fans. Open afternoons except Mon. and Tues.
Located at the southern-most point of Pymatuning Lake. Animals from all over the world, large shaded picnic area and snack bar, gift shop with something for everyone, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, and more. Open every day Memorial Day through Labor Day Monday and weekends only in September. Closed October through April.
A small amusement park on the shore of Conneaut Lake. During the summer months they have a variety,of rides and games, including an old wooden rollercoaster The Blue Streak. It is the 17th oldest wooden roller coaster in the United States, and it is one of two shallow coasters designed by Ed Vettel and still operating. The Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park first opened in 1938.
See for yourself why the city is on many people's "Top 20 List'. Some highlights, in no particular order, are The Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, The Strip District, The Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines, The Andy Warhol Museum, Heinz History Center, Duck Tours, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Kennywood Park, Point State Park and The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Definitely more than yinz can do in a day - or even a week.