Camping


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is represented by this colored map.

Where to Camp

This chart lists all camping locations and facilities in Pennsylvania State Parks. 

 
A tent is near the lake at Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania.

Unique Places to Camp

Find where to camp at water's edge, for wildlife viewing and other interesting places to stay the night.

 

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, a 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

Multi-site - allows up to 15 people, available at Keystone and Ohiopyle state parks

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

Camping Cottages - wooden walls, electricity, bunk beds

Deluxe Cottages - wooden walls, electricity, cooking stove

Yurts - round, canvas/wooden walls, electricity, cooking stove

Walled Tents - built on platforms, electricity

Amenities

Electric - at specific sites for a fee, amp varies at each park

Full Hook Up - 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.

Current Campgrounds

Bald Eagle Russell P. Letterman
Black Moshannon
Cook Forest
French Creek
Gifford Pinchot
Hickory Run
Hills Creek
Kooser
Laurel Hill
Promised Land Pickerel Point
Pymatuning Jamestown

Future Campgrounds

Parker Dam
Prince Gallitzin
Shawnee

 

Wilderness Camping

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.