Off the beaten path

Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Owners Chris and Amy Renno and their daughters, Khloe, left, and Kenzie, enjoy one of the swings around the communal fire ring at Quiet Valley Campground in McVeytown.

McVEYTOWN — Surrounded by the beauty of the Juniata River, mountains and farmland and the occasional rumble of trains going by, Quiet Valley Campground in McVeytown offers its guests a chance to unwind and get back to nature.

Owned by Chris and Amy Renno, the campground is the perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet with family and friends and as Chris explained, “You can escape the stress of everyday life.”

Spread over 13 acres, the campground offers 18 camping sites, eight of those with 15-, 30- and 50-amp electrical outlets for RVs. Each site features a picnic table and fire ring, with access to unlimited firewood, for $25 a night, for your own personal fire ring or the campground’s communal fire ring, which is surrounded by several wooden swing benches. A sewer dumping station and restroom facilities are available as well. No shower facilities are available.

Guests can also enjoy water activities including fishing along 900 feet of river frontage or launch kayaks and canoes from the campground’s launch site. The location is also a prime spot for any rail buffs who like to sit and watch trains roll by.

Recalling his younger years fishing at the campground formerly owned by Glen Espigh, Chris Renno said he camped with his family at the facility and when the campground was offered to him at a reasonable price, He and Amy Renno jumped on the chance at owning such a unique property.

Photo submitted by ANDREW VDOV
Quiet Valley Campground in McVeytown is surrounded by the Juniata River, mountains, farmland and the occasional train.

“We loved the place,” he said. “Not many places like this come up very often.”

Since purchasing the property in January, the Rennos have been taking it slow and learning their way into the camping business. Geared towards families, the entire premises is alcohol- and smoke-free and is not available to seasonal campers in the spring and summer. Open all year round, seasonal campers are welcome from October through April. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling first.

“This is a laid back, calm place to come,” Chris Renno said. “There is no staff on duty. People can come here and do their own thing.”

The campground is located at 900 Horningford Road in McVeytown.

For more information or to make reservations, call (717) 437-7403 or visit