Leave No Trace

By taking the time to practice responsible outdoor ethics we can ensure that our state forests remain premier camping destinations for generations to come.


State forests are Pennsylvania's hidden recreational gems. With more than 2,500 miles of trails, outdoor enthusiasts find endless opportunities for hiking and camping.

Camping on state forest lands is defined as overnight lodging using standard camping equipment, and is categorized into three different types: primitive camping, motorized camping, and group camping.

Primitive Camping is defined as overnight camping where all equipment is transported in limited trips by non-motorized vehicle methods and where a motorized vehicle is not located near or part of the camping experience. 

Download a PDF factsheet on back country primitive camping in state forests and a brochure describing Motorized and Primitive Camping Guidelines & Ethics.

For detailed maps of each district or to contact a district vist Find a Forest.