Stay the Night

For an insider's view of Pennsylvania's history and natural wonders, stay the night in a state park.There are three basic options. If you bring your shelter (tent, RV, trailer) then you are looking for camping. If State Parks provides the shelter, (cabin, camping cottage, yurt, house, inn) then you are looking for lodging. If you plan to bring a group, then you either want organized group tenting or organized group cabin camps.

Click on this orange dot to make a reservation at a Pennsylvania State Park.

Make an online reservation or call 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), Monday to Saturday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM except on the Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day holidays.

A camper is surrounded by trees at Fowlers Hollow State Parks, Pennsylvania.


Park your RV or pitch your tent for an inside view to a state park. Some campsites have electricity and allow pets. Some campgrounds have modern restrooms and some have rustic facilities.

This picturesque cabin-in-the-woods is a rustic cabin at Parker Dam State PArk, Pennsylvania.

Cabins: Modern, Rustic, Unique Houses

Modern cabins have showers and modern ammenities. Rustic cabins have outdoor plumbing. Unique houses have modern ammenities and lots of character.


This wooden structure is a camping cottage at French Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

Camping Cottages

No need to pack a tent! These wooden structures sleep five or six people and have external restroom facilities. 

This is a yurt, a round almost tent almost cabin at Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania.

Yurts and Deluxe Cottages

Yurts are round, cottages are square, and both have a cooking stove, refrigerator, table and external restrooms.


This large white building is the Inn at Cook Forest in Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania.

Inn at Cook Forest

Closed for renovations

Stay at the heart of it all at the historic Inn at Cook Forest. Built around 1870, the inn was the home of the Cook family, whose long-term vision preserved the natural areas of Cook Forest State Park for future generations.

This impressive building with many rooms and porches is the Nature Inn a Bald State Park, Pennsylvania.

Nature Inn at Bald Eagle

Stay in luxury in the newest, greenest inn in Pennsylvania State Parks.


Organized groups can rent whole areas like this one in a Pennsylvania State Park.

Group Tenting

Organized groups can rent a camping area that includes picnic tables and restrooms. Most have rustic restrooms.

This wooden structure is one of the many buildings available in the cabin camp at French Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

Group Cabin Camps

Non-profit status organized groups can rent colonies of cabins which include a rec hall and staff cabins.


Backpackers carry everything they need on their backs, like this tents at Raccoon Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.


Carry a tent or stay in an Adirondack shelter at one of five state parks.