Campground Review: Bellefonte / State College KOA
Our next several stops were dictated a bit by friends & family along our travel route, including our stop at the Bellefonte / State College KOA. The campground was less than 2 hours from our previous stop so it was a perfect drive day for me (Betsy). We arrived at the campground in the early afternoon. We found our check-in information on the board outside the office because the staff members were out working on things. We headed to look at the site and decided it might not be quite big enough for our truck and trailer. We took a spin around the campground and decided to upgrade to a larger patio site. One of the employees spotted us and met us at the office. She checked to make sure the site was available and made the swap. We decided that since we were upgrading to use some of KOA points we have earned along the way. We had enough points to take $50 off the total, so it ended up being a pretty good deal. Feels like free money! If you camp much, you might want to consider becoming a Value Kard Rewards member. It’s $30 and you receive a 10% discount on all KOA stays. In addition, you earn points which can then be redeemed for $$ off.
Anyway, we ended up with one of the deluxe patio sites which was pretty nice. It came equipped with a porch swing, weber grill, wooden table and chairs, and paved patio and firepit. These sites were parallel to the road, making them super easy to get in and out of. The pool was closed for the season during our stay, but they were hard at work upgrading the pool deck. The campground had the usual standard KOA amenities - pool, jumping pillow, mining sluice, assorted sports courts, playgrounds, and a K9 park.
Many of the sites at the Bellefonte / State College KOA were a bit tight for those with big rigs as many of the sites had an incline on one side of the site. The trailer would fit on the level part of the site, but many people had tow vehicles parked on the uphill. There were a limited number of bigger sites, but many appeared to be occupied by trailers and motorhomes for the Penn State football season. Most did not have people staying in them, but I’m sure they became occupied quickly on the weekends, especially home game weekends! It was only about a 20 - 25 minute drive to State College where Penn State University’s campus is located. The location of the Bellefonte / State College KOA is convenient to both State College as well as easy to get to being only a few miles from the highway.