Sunday, August 4, 2013

A weekend at Ives Run COE

Some parks are like coming home.  A beautiful, quiet spot, even when totally full.  Such was the case this weekend when we pulled in to Ives Run Corps of Engineer park in Tioga, Pennsylvania.Luckily, this site was open for the weekend.

On Hammond Lake, this park includes 187 sites.

Remember, you can click on any picture to enlarge.

There is something for everyone here.  Right now, we are in Pine Camp area which is where the primitive sites are located--no hookups.

This one mile country style dirt road connects Pine Camp back to the main area where there are electric and water sites and even full hookup sites.  The view on the road is great and we get to see the sight seeing train out of Wellsboro,Pa, twice per day.across the lake.

The white spot to the left of the picture is the boat launch and marina area.

Ives Run is located right on our north, south route to and from New England.  A plus is that it is always open when we need to leave New England after or around Columbus Day in October.
That is when most of the New England and northern campgrounds have closed.  Our senior pass allows us to have the beautiful site above for $10 per day. 

Matter of fact, we had to think twice about saying too much about the campground.  The site above was one of the last 2 or 3 sites open when we drove in on Friday. So keep this great park stop to yourself.

That dirt road above was also lined with many,many wildflowers.  Jan thought they would fit in perfectly in Lady Blue's kitchen.

Don't panic!  This picture is from October 2009 when it snowed during our stay.  This is downtown Wellsboro, a very friendly town with an interesting Main Street for walking and shopping.

Also close by is Corning, Ny for visiting the Corning factory and the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania in Wellsboro.  At the canyon is access to the Pine Creek bicycle trail.  Just above Corning, New York is the Finger Lake region.

A number of the electric and water sites in the main section will also give you a great view of the lake.
Just below this hill is a recently updated boat launch and parking area.  Campers can keep their boats at the small marina or they can sometimes keep them at their sites out in Pine Camp.  The office had a long list of stocked lakes and ponds in the area for fishing.

You can safely assume that most of these sites are reserved during the summer months.

This picture was from one of our favorite sites in the main area.  We had stayed here with our 5th wheel trailer.

Does this look inviting??? I think there is an extra hamburger on the grill for you and a glass of Argentine Malbec wine if you would like?

This picture is a panoramic shot at the same spot as 2 pictures above.   By the way, the colors in October are usually brilliant.

Also the same place that some of you might remember our lucky rainbow picture.

I remember trying to take the multiple pictures as fast as possible at different settings before the rainbow disappeared.

Looking forward to some family time coming up in New England!!

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