Mountain Dale Farm, McClure, PA

Pennsylvania

MOUNTAIN DALE FARM Rural Route 02, Box 985 McClure, Pennsylvania 17841 (570) 658-3536 Mountain Dale Farm was originally settled in the 1800's. Ken and Sally Hassinger purchased the property in 1977 and began to transform it into a family-oriented, country retreat. But it's still a working farm. The farm animals are a big attraction for kids. The Hassinger family encourages participation from guests of all ages and many enjoy helping with the daily barn chores. Located in the midst of some of the country's finest scenery, Mountain Dale Farm is also in the heart of Pennsylvania, making it close to many interesting day trip destinations. The Farm is off U.S. Highway 522 in the western-most corner of Snyder County. Year-round lodging facilities include a 200-year-old restored log house, cabins and several rooms in the large farmhouse. Efficiency cabins and the log house have kitchen and bath facilities. The forest cabins are a bit more rustic with privies and a cold water 'wash shed.' The Apple Storage Meeting Hall is ideal for conferences, workshops and groups. Mountain Dale's 175 acres is a combination of wooded, tillable and pastureland. The crops grown on the farm vary from year to year. The biggest 'crop' in recent years has been the 25,000 Christmas trees that are tended throughout the year and selectively cut each November. Thousands of acres of state forest land border the property. Deer, bear, fox, and other wildlife are frequently seen. Sheep, cattle, horses, ducks, geese, goats, pigs, turkeys, peacocks, chickens, and many cats keep the Hassingers busy on the farm. The Hassinger dog, Champ, keeps his eyes on all of them. Families enjoy the privacy of individual cabins. Surrounded by nature and equipped with modern convenience, they offer country charm and comfort. Accommodations are available in the Farm House, the Log House, Efficiency Cabins and Forest Cabins with a 2-night minimum. Children under 12 are half price, and children under 2 are no charge. Meals are additional and reservations for meals are required. Here are some of the activities guests choose on the farm: * Cross-country skiing * Discover the local Amish culture * Explore the farm * Feed the farm animals * Fish in the pond * Bicycle the rolling countryside * Gather eggs * Have fun on a hayride * Hike * Help with barn chores * Canoe on the pond * Hunt for fossils * Ice skate * Paddleboat * Pet a goat * Pick berries * Track wildlife And there are many nearby attractions, including antique shops, amusement parks and events at three nearby universities.

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