Whether you like sleeping close to nature in a tent or relaxing in style in an RV, camping in a state park gives you the inside view to explore history, natural areas and fun activities for the entire family. If you don't want to bring your own equipment, check out the Lodging page for how to rent a cabin, yurt, cottage, or stay in an inn.
If you've never camped, or haven't camped in years, we've got a program to help. Our First-time Camper program is for people who have never camped in a Pennsylvania State Park.
Explore Recreation to see what types of recreational opportunities are available in parks.
Types of Campsites
Full Service - nearby restrooms have flush toilets and warm showers, the campsite has sewer, water, electric hookup, picnic table, and fire ring
Modern - nearby restrooms have flush toilets and warm showers, the campsite has a picnic table and fire ring
Rustic - nearby restrooms have vault toilets, the campsite has a picnic table and fire ring
Modern/Rustic - nearby restrooms have modern facilities in the warmer months, then have rustic facilities in the colder months, the campsite has a picnic table and fire ring
Walk-in - are reached by a short walk, the campsite has a picnic table and fire ring
Backpacking/Adirondack Shelters/Designated Campsite - sleep in the tent you bring or rent a shelter. Available in five parks only.
River Camping - available only at Clear Creek State Park
Walled Tents - pre-built on platforms, electricity
Electric - at specific sites for a fee, amp varies at each park
Water - at a limited number of campgrounds at specific sites for a fee
Full Service Hookup - at specific sites, for a fee, there is sewage, water, and electric hook ups, the amperage may vary at each park/site
Pets - at designated sites for a fee
Full Service Campsite Project
Because visitors have asked for it, Pennsylvania State Parks is adding full service campsites to selected campgrounds. Full service includes sewer, water, and electric hookups.
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Lodging Facilities in Campgrounds
These lodging facilities are sometimes located in campgrounds but have different rules than campsites. Explore Lodging for the rules, and also a list of all lodging facilities.
Camping Cottages - wooden walls, electricity, bunk beds
Deluxe Cottages - wooden walls, electricity, cooking stove
Yurts - round, canvas/wooden walls, electricity, cooking stove
True wilderness camping, hiking in and putting up a tent where you choose, is not permitted in Pennsylvania State Parks. All camping must be in a designated camping area and on designated sites. Many Pennsylvania State Park campgrounds have walk-in sites which are for tents only and more private than campsites with a paved camping pad. Some parks have backpacking, which can be in very remote areas, but visitors still must camp in designated areas. True wilderness camping is available on Pennsylvania Bureau of Foresty lands. Permits are required in advance. Visit the forestry camping website for information on locations and rules.