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Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton

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Prince Gallitzin State Park is a 6249acre Pennsylvania state park in Chest and White Townships, Cambria County, Pennsylvania in the United States, just outside Altoona, Pennsylvania. The park is home to Glendale Lake a man-made lake. It has a large campground with campsites on the lake shore. Prince Gallitzin State Park was named in honor of Prince Demetrius Gallitzin, a Russian nobleman turned Roman Catholic missionary priest who founded the nearby town of Loretto. The park is just off Pennsylvania Routes 553 and 53 just east of Patton.HistoryRussian nobleman turned Catholic missionaryDemetris Gallitzin was born on December 22, 1770 at The Hague in the Netherlands. His name is a form of Galitzine, the Russian princely family in which he was born. His father, Dimitri Alexeievich Galitzine (1735-1803), Russian ambassador to the Netherlands, was an intimate friend of Voltaire and a follower of Diderot; so, too, for many years was his mother, Countess Adelheid Amalie Gallitzin (1748-1806), until a severe illness in 1786 led her back to the Roman Catholic Church, in which she had been raised.
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  • SOOOOO many campsites, but they are not on top of each other; plenty of shade and privacy; plenty of wood available. They also sell and deliver 1/2 ($15) and full loads ($30) of split wood. We had abo...  more »
  • we rented a cabin for a couple of nights and hiked by the lake and enjoyed the beauty of this park. I am impressed with the PA state park system. the modern cabins are a great value, clean and nice. O...  more »
  • This state park is about 30 minutes from where we live. It is a great local park. The area is very clean. There are camping areas - nice with showers and restrooms. I have never camped overnight there...  more »