*Warning: this post contains a lot of family photos
Lake Nockamixon might as well be a world away from the rest of Bucks County - or at least as far away as the Poconos. And come to think of it, in some ways it's kind of like the beach. The expansive lake is buffered from civilization by dense woods. There's hiking as well as a bike/hike trail system. Rock climbers can scale/boulder up Haycock Mountain or strike out to other locales. There are stables all over upper Bucks and horse trails thread the forest. Boating and fishing are top notch as well as sailing - and not just the little sunfish sailboats. There's a marina with yachts... oh yeah, and an occasional seagull. The park even has a beautiful 1/2 acre pool with water slides, a snack bar and a shallow end with fountains. It's close to some hardcore tourist attractions like the Crayola Factory in Easton and the New Hope-Ivyland stream engine train. So why take a vacation to the beach or the Poconos with all the bounty of an outdoors vacation just minutes from home? That's a question Corinne and I asked ourselves a few years back. One problem is that there is no place to pitch a tent or roll in a camper in the park. The solution? Cabins! The park has 10 modern cabins on the south side of the lake. They are the same cabins you'd find in any state park in Pennsylvania. Renting a cabin for a week comes to just under $400. When we discovered the cabin option our family vacation tradition was solidified.
This year my sister and her family rented the cabin next to ours so we had taken over a good percentage of the available space in the cabin area. The cabins are a short walk to the lake which was great for the kids. There is also a playground in the cabin area so there is always a place to go that can help alleviate "cabin" fever. Another huge bonus is that we are close enough to home that friends and family can come to visit which can be a real win-win. Even a place only an hour or two away might be just far enough to eliminate this option.
Unlike other Review posts, this post will be different in that I'll just be highlighting some of the things we did without trying to give you a critical angle. This was our vacation and we had a great time. I wouldn't have change a thing.
view of the cabin entrance
trail to the lake
Corinne, Matt, Frank and Max at the lake
Annette, BJ, Jill and Dominic
Grandpop and Max at the Lake
Grandmom, Frank and Max
Max in the hammock
Corinne and Frank at the marina
Max at the Marina
Corinne and Frank on the dock
Max at the pool
Annette at the pool
Frank at the pool
Jill and Dominic at the marina
Max in motion on the New Hope-Ivyland Express
Corinne, Max, Frank and Matt after the train ride
Hope this gives you a glimpse of our vacation. Low cost, low stress, local and lots of fun. Check out the cabins when you get a chance. Happy trails.