Elysburg, Pennsylvania is a small village located in the heart of the state. Elysburg has a population of 2,194 people (per the 2010 census). It is easily accessible via Pennsylvania Route 54 and Pennsylvania Route 487.
Elysburg Pennsylvania is home to Knoebels Amusement Resort, a family-owned and operated amusement park. Knoebels Amusement Park, sometimes called Knoebels Grove, is America’s largest free admission amusement park and also offers free camping, free parking, and free picnic facilities. Knoebels offers nearly 60 rides including two world-class wooden roller coasters.
In 2011 Knoebels celebrated its 85th anniversary. 1926 marks the formal beginning of Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA.
Knoebels Amusement Resort spans more than 200 acres in Elysburg.
Camping at Knoebels Campgrounds in Elysburg
Who wouldn’t want to camp in an Amusement Park?? Today the main Knoebels campground features over 550 sites and 56 log cabins. After the January 1996 flood, Knoebels purchased and the restored the Lake Glory Campground about five miles from Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA. Today this facility features over 150 sites and a dozen log cabins.
Covered Bridges at Knoebels in Elysburg
It could be said that the covered bridge is the best known symbol of the earliest days of Knoebels Groves. It was from a covered bridge that daring swimmers jumped into the sparkling waters of Roaring Creek and Mugser’s Run. Even after the park began to take shape and the pool was built, the bridge remained. It stood until 1940, when the highway department tore it down and replaced it with the steel structure that still serves the park today.
The Lawrence L. Knoebel Covered Bridge (pictured) is located in Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, connecting the park and campground, and spans the South Branch of Roaring Creek. This bridge connects Cleveland Township in Columbia County with Ralpho Township in Northumberland County. The park is located at the county line, off PA Route 487 between Catawissa and Elysburg. In 1936, Hartman H. Knoebel purchased this covered bridge (originally constructed over West Creek, Benton, in 1881 by J.J. McHenry at a cost of $348) for $40. It was then moved and rebuilt in Knoebels Amusement Resort by Hartman and Lawrence Knoebel.
The Knoebels Groves Covered Bridge spans the South branch of Roaring Creek and connects Franklin Township, Columbia County with Ralpho Township, Northumberland County. It is situated in Knoebels Amusement Resort and is located 100 feet downstream from the birthplace of the resort and the original Knoebels Bridge location. The bridge was rebuilt in 1975 at a cost of $10,000 and utilizes the “Queenpost Design”. The main roof beams were hand hewn in 1865 and came from the Berninger Grist Mill. The beams measure 14” x 16” and are 51 feet long. Reconstruction of the bridge was led by Dick Knoebel.
Covered Bridge Festival at Knoebels in Elysburg
The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau also hosts their annual Covered Bridge & Arts Festival each fall with in Knoebels Amusement Resort. This four-day festival features nearly 350 craft vendors and over 35 food vendors! Select Knoebels rides open all four days as well. On Thursday & Friday visitors can take a ride on the Grand Carousel, Pioneer Train, Giant Wheel and Scenic Skyride. Bring the kids on Saturday and Sunday for rides open throughout the park!