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September 12, 2012 / mws

2012 Pennsylvania Bald Eagle State Park

Trip Advisor is a great source for travel ideas.  While I was perusing the Pennsylvania forums, I came across excellent reviews for The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park in central PA.  Their website has lots of information about the inn, accomodations, Bald Eagle Park and the surrounding area.

September seemed like a good time to visit The Nature Inn and tour the area.  It’s only a 3 hour drive from our home, but, as usual, we do not go from point A to point B.  We like to see everything in between, so we travel the backroads and sometimes the backroads off the backroads.

The first stop was Lake Tobias Wildlife Park just north of Harrisburg, PA. Since 1965 Lake Tobias Wildlife Park has been operating with its wild, exotic animals and adventure-seeking safari tours. Nestled in the quiet countryside, Lake Tobias has animals, reptiles and birds from around the world.

One of our favorite “local” places to visit and stay is Country Cupboard in Lewisburg, PA.  They have lodging, a great restaurant, shops, a bakery and gardens.  The shops are extensive. If you go be sure to allow a few hours to have a meal and browse through the shopping areas.  We had lunch/dinner here and stayed in the attached Best Western. The next morning we enjoyed their famous warm homemade cinimmon buns before starting our westward drive.

North central and northern Pennsylvania  are different than the congested commercial areas of southern, eastern and western PA.  It’s always relaxing to visit northern Pennsylvania and see the hills, forests and wildlife.  We arrived in Bald Eagle State Park and checked into our very nice room at The Nature Inn for four nights.

During the next four days we took day trips into the countryside.  We found large Amish farms, great shopping in Boalsburg and Woolrich, PA, and our always favorite Penn Wells Hotel Dining Room in Wellsboro, PA.  We had lovely early Fall weather and enjoyed our time in Bald Eagle State Park.

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