Cara Aungst

Cara Aungst

Fun Guide Managing Editor

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2023 Happy Valley Inspiration Guide

Spend a day

Interested in exploring Happy Valley? If so you are in luck! This blog post highlights some of the unique experiences that Happy has to offer. Including the areas of Philipsburg, Bellefonte, State College, Penns Valley, and Bald Eagle Valley.

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Live, Work, Play in Happy Valley

Gary Abdullah Jr. on making Happy Valley happy for everyone: “You can do well here. You can do good.”

Gary Abdullah Jr. was born in the shadow of Beaver Stadium, went to State High, and married his childhood crush who lived down the street … but he never intended to stay in Happy Valley. Today, he will tell you that he has made Happy Valley his place — and it’s his life’s work to make it a place for everyone. Because in his words, “Happy Valley isn’t happy for everyone.” And he wants to change that.

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Live, Work, Play in Happy Valley

Tanya Campbell talks butts on bikes, East Coast gravel, and the gemstone of Rothrock State Forest.

When Tanya Campbell was a little girl, her grandmother walked her dogs on Charcoal Flats, a trail in Shingletown. Tanya, her mother, and her daughter also enjoyed hiking along this same trail. The trail, just past Pine Grove Mills near the small town of Shingletown, is known for its series of four charcoal flats — large, circular flat areas where logs would be piled and allowed to smolder to create and one that was used to make iron ore. Or, in the words of little girl Tanya, it’s a place that is “rocky and awesome.”

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