Natural Beauty and Small-Town Charm Beckon in Bradford County

Get away from the humdrum everyday by living outdoors for a close-to-home adventure in three Bradford County rural havens. These days, camping can be tent-primitive or cabin-comfortable, with scenery, fresh air, hiking trails, and birdsong as a bonus.

At Pine Cradle Lake, 220 Shoemaker Road, Rome, guests may rent cottages, each with bathrooms and kitchens, heat, and air conditioning, or more primitive cabins offering inside sleeping but no inside bathroom or kitchens. Campsites include spaces for RVs, pop-ups, and tents. Water and electric are available, even in the wooded areas. There’s a heated pool, bath houses, outdoor charcoal grill set-ups, and fishing spots. Special event weekends are offered through the season. The campground is pet-friendly for up to two pets per family for an extra fee; pet owners need to provide proof of vaccinations. For rates and more information, visit the Pine Cradle Lake Family Campground website or call them at (570) 247-2424.

At Rolling River Cabins & Campground, 1200 Leisure Drive, Towanda, there are fifteen RV sites and six cabins, some with full kitchens as well as bathrooms. You can choose your degree of vacation getaway here – all cabins have wi-fi, and there’s internet access throughout the campground, says co-owner Tiffany Smith. Every campsite comes with electric, sewer, and water. The river is the Susquehanna, “And we’ve had bald eagle sightings here. Some people come just to look for the eagles!” Or to compete with the eagles for fish. Open year round, Tiffany says the campground can usually accommodate guests with a few weeks’ advance notice. For more information, call them at (607) 426-2666.

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Sunfish Pond County Park and Campground at 1060 Sunfish Pond in Canton are sited atop Barclay Mountain in Leroy Township. It is seventy acres – thirty of which are the beautiful trout-stocked Sunfish Pond, which is also home to bass, pickerel, perch, and of course, sunfish. The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of state game lands and the abundant resident wildlife inhabiting them.

Open May through mid-October, the park offers a pavilion, thirty-eight RV sites, and a dozen sites for tent camping. There are shower and restroom facilities, dump facilities, as well as a camp store offering some foods and necessities. Boating – electric motors only – is allowed on the lake. At times during the season, the park sponsors events like the Sunfish Shuffle.

Additional information may be found on the Bradford County Parks website or contact Bradford County Parks Supervisor Bob Voda at (570) 265-1790 or (570) 442-3347.

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