Date of Stay: Monday July 21 – Monday August 4, 2014 (2 weeks)
Website: Beacon Hill Camping
128 Beacon Hill Road
Intercourse, PA 17534
Description: Adult only camping located about a half mile from the small Amish town of Intercourse. We were in the lower tier of this hillside cg in site 31 next to D&T. The office/bathhouse is in the older, upper tier which is not really suited for big rigs. Gravel roadways and sites with FHU (50A). Our two sites had nice wood deck patios facing the road and we could hear the clip-clop of the horse and buggies throughout the day. Nice grassy areas and big shade trees.
Activities: I think we tried to eat our way through this area. The fresh baked goods and farm fresh produce of the Amish/Mennonites is notoriously delicious. Some of the places that we visited in the area were Kauffman’s Fruit Farm and Market for unique groceries and Good’s Store (Amish WalMart) for heavy vinyl picnic table material. Stoltzfus Meats had lean meats. We bought hamburger, grilling sausages, chicken wings and many goodies there. We also went to Bird in Hand Bakery and Bird in Hand Markets. Intercourse Canning has many good jams, salsas and other treats. One tour we took was the Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family Home. The mill was built in the 1730’s and operated until 1977. The Ressler family created an educational foundation to preserve the family property. While riding through the rolling farmland, we saw a few circus tents together with a sign for Family Farm Days for the Amish/Mennonites in the community. We happened to ride by while the festivities were going on. The four of us later traveled to nearby Manheim to visit Neil and Nancy. The rolling hills of the beautiful farmland was just so peaceful. Maybe there is something to be said for the slower pace of life in Amish Country. We spent an afternoon in the cute little town of Lititz and toured the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery and then the Wilbur Chocolate Factory. To get away from the tourist crowd, we all rode the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail right along the Susquehanna River. Did some geocaching there too.
Trash and Recycle: Dumpster centrally located in the cg along with intermingled recycle bins that take everything.
Farmland beside the cg D&T on site 30 and us on site31
Overlook Garden and office/bathhouse both on the upper tier of the cg
Mascot Roller Mills and the Ressler Family Home right next door to the Mill
Inside the Mill
Myer Homestead Cemetery (Amish/Mennonite)
Family Farm Days and the local traffic there
Hanging out at the shop across the road from the campground
Intercourse (formally Cross Keys) More beautiful countryside
Sturgis Pretzel ovens and old equipment
Wilbur Chocolate… smells like chocolate!
Cute park in Lititz
Caboose on the Enola Low Grade Trail
Susquehanna River along side the Enola Low Grade Trail
Power plant on the Susquehanna
Couple of streams on the other side of the trail
More beautiful farmland!
Amish/Mennonite transportation along country roads
Amish/Mennonite transportation on the roads around the campground