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.
Pets in Campgrounds
Pennsylvania State Parks allow pets on designated campsites in most state park campgrounds. For a list of participating campgrounds and pet friendly campsites, explore the Pets in Campgrounds Factsheet 2016 (.pdf) (472 kb, 1/16) and the Pets in Campgrounds Factsheet 2017 (.pdf) (1,000 kb, 4/16)
The specific pet camping guidelines governing this program and are listed below.
Where to Camp also contains a listing of parks that permit pets in their campgrounds as well as information on campground seasons, site types, restroom accommodations, full-service hookup, electric hookup, and more.
What is a Pet?
A house pet is limited to any dog or cat commonly kept in household captivity, or a caged pet.
A caged pet is an animal that will not be released from its cage for the duration of its stay in the state park, like birds and hamsters.
A pet is not livestock, like horses, cows, pigs, sheep and goats.
A pet is not a vicious or dangerous animal, like any animal with a history of attacking without provocation.
Pet Camping Guidelines
More information is available at any Pennsylvania state park office or by calling 888-PA-PARKS.