Located in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Blue Knob State Park provides a scenic destination within 25 miles of Altoona, Bedford and Johnstown. The park is named for Blue Knob, the second-highest peak within Pennsylvania. The park's elevation is higher than the surrounding area and snowfalls average 12 feet annually.
Blue Knob offers a variety of day use activities. Picnicking is a popular family activity and there are nearly 200 picnic tables within the park. During the summer months, a swimming pool is available that ranges in depth between 2 and 5 feet deep.
Hiking is a great way for families to explore the park and there are 18 miles of trails at Blue Knob. For beginning hikers, the Chappells Field Trail, Crist Ridge Trail, Homestead Trail and Three Springs Trail are ideal. More experienced hikers will appreciate the moderate Rock ‘N’ Ridge Trail and Sawmill Trail. Difficult trails include the Lost Turkey Trail and Mountain View Trail.
Families can camp overnight at one of the 50 tent and trailer campsites. Most sites have electric hookups and there is water, modern restrooms and dump station available. The campground also features playground equipment. Three cabins and a house are also available for families to stay in within Blue Knob.