Adventure Awaits for You in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands

Our 7 day RV adventure had a wonderful combination of urban/ocean/mountains. Urban in Pittsburgh, Annapolis, and Washington DC, the Ocean in Ocean City, Maryland and Mountains during the last leg of our journey in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania. My husband and I had previously skied at Seven Springs  Mountain Resort in the winter and we were looking forward to returning for additional adventures in warmer temperatures.

Seven Springs PA

During my previous visit to Seven Springs I learned that the resort offered lots of outdoor activities to enjoy in the warmer weather. One that especially stood out to me was Clay Pigeon Shooting. We took our time in the morning at Cherry Hill RV Park and arrived just in time for our scheduled time. If we had more time, we would have definitely checked out the Alpine Slide and summer tubing too!

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

We parked the RV in the lower parking lot and took the Seven Springs Resort shuttle to the Sporting Clays building and then we rode to our course in golf carts that have holders for the guns. (When you are finished, I would recommend grabbing a drink at the Sporting Clays Grill that has gorgeous views from the outdoor patio)

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Shoot Clay Pigeons

Shooting Clay Pigeons was an adventure that I’ve wanted to cross off my list for years. I was really excited to cross it off and equally nervous to shoot a gun.

So how did it go?

Well….I only hit one during my session. I know, it’s so sad, but true!

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In my defense it was my first time… and it’s more challenging than trap or skeet because the sporting clays targets simulate actual hunting conditions which means that they are thrown in a variety of speeds, angles, elevations, distances and trajectories.

It’s also pretty intense when the shells are emptied from the gun before the next use if you are not used to being around guns.

There are 45 stations on the course to choose from for both novice and experienced shooters.

Clay pigeon shooting

Minnie Winnie

The experience was also a confidence builder for my sons. My older son did WAY better than me for his first time and my younger son needed some bribery to shoot the gun. Once he tried it after lots of coercion, he really liked it and our guide Brandon did a wonderful job of safely instructing us with great patience and encouragement. 

Where We Stayed

For our last night on the road, we stayed at Pioneer Park Campground, located about 15 minutes away from Seven Springs Mountain Resort at 273 Trent Road, Somerset, PA.

If you discover that you need a few items there is a complete grocery store with camping and fishing supplies, ice, fire wood, and propane. There is also a laundromat, pet park, recreation hall, 4 restroom/ bath houses, wifi, and cabin rentals.

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Things to Do

We spent the last evening of our RV adventure enjoying the simpler things. Pioneer Park Campground was the perfect place for our night because it encompassed all of the recreation inside and out that you think of when you go camping.  If you visit on the weekend during the summer months, make sure that you check out the scheduled list of activities going on.

Pioneer Park Campground in PA


Pioneer Park Campground offers lots of recreation for guests.  There is a playground, large outdoor pool, volleyball, tennis, shuffleboard, and basketball court,   For an additional fee, you can play miniature golf, play in the game room, rent a kayak or paddleboat,

*If you are going to partake in more than one activity you might consider purchasing an activities pass that includes 2 rounds of mini golf and 2 – 1/2 hour paddleboat rides per day for 2 people for a greater value.

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Pioneer Park Campground has free fishing in the paddleboat lake for kids 11 and under. The other three lakes do need a permit to fish but they are stocked with trout every Saturday through September, dawn til dusk with no catch limit.

Pioneer Park Campground at night

My boys swam until the pool closed and then we watched the sunset, made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, watched the sunset and enjoyed S’mores. It was bittersweet the following morning when we knew that it was time to return home.

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I’m so grateful for this time together as a family. We made so many wonderful memories during our RV adventure that we could never put a price on!

Minnie Winnie

Thanks again to GoRVing and Seven Springs Mountain Resort for hosting our adventure.

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